But the longer I think on Jason Bourne the more it starts to upset me. While the technical components are strong, while it’s wonderful to see Damon back in the spy-versus-spy game, while Greengrass could direct a story like this in his sleep and probably still make it breathlessly fascinating, the script’s inability to do anything of interest, or for that matter worthwhile, is just plain frustrating.
As nice as certain components might be, as solid as the performances universally are, Nerve simply doesn’t work, making it just another cinematic missed opportunity residing in a summertime multiplex already overflowing in them.
Bad Moon is much better than the rep unfairly gifted to it back in ’96. More, it offers up some truly excellent creature and makeup effects…It also moves with refreshing swiftness, Red keeping things at a wondrously exuberant clip, the picture’s niftily plotted 79 minutes flying by in the blink of an eye.
Road Games is quickly moving up my list of 2016 sensations that caught me by surprise, this fun little thriller a nice game of cat and mouse that nimbly conceals its biggest and boldest tricks for the final act.
Rabid Dogs is not as good as Mario Bava’s original film, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still worthwhile. In fact, having now watched it twice I’m ready to concede Éric Hannezo’s version holds up pretty darn well, filled with a number of white-knuckle charms that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
Yep. Still a lot of fun, that’s The Pack in a nutshell. Perfect? No. Freakishly enjoyable for those who like animals-gone-wild creature features? You bet, and as such I’ll likely be barking about this film’s simple pleasures for some time to come.
Cabin Fever has no reason to exist. It’s a pointless scene-for-scene, line-for-line remake that does nothing to improve upon Eli Roth’s original. It’s a waste of time, nothing more, and as superb as Scream! Factory’s Blu-ray presentation might be I can’t think of a single solitary reason anyone, anywhere should take the time to give it a look.
Saunders and Lumley are still challenging convention, making people stand up and take notice of what is going on and why, and I salute them for that without any reservation whatsoever. I just wish Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie itself did more than play so blatantly to the fan base, because had it broadened its appeal and its reach just a little bit more, it’s quite possible we could have had something amazing here to be talking about.
For me, though, I think I’m just about done giving them a chance, and the next time this gaggle of crazy critters ambles back on-screen I think I might just choose to stay home.