2017 log (10)

(5 Oct) Blade Runner 2049 (2017, Denis Villeneuve) 93
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(6 Oct) Zigrail (1995, André Turpin) 85
(6 Oct) Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017, Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani) 92
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(7 Oct) Ta peau si lisse (2017, Denis Côté)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(12 Oct) Les Affamés (2017, Robin Aubert) 91
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(13 Oct) Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017, Chris Moukarbel)
[ “My threshold for bullshit with men is… I don’t have one anymore.” This is a raw, intimate, warts-and-all celebrity documentary about the physical, emotional and psychological pain Lady Gaga struggled with during the making and release of “Joanne”, up to her Super Bowl Halftime performance earlier this year. I guess you have to be a fan to really enjoy it, but I like her, so I was into it. ]

(14 Oct) Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017, S. Craig Zahler) 93
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(16 Oct) Gerald’s Game (2017, Mike Flanagan) 87
[ “Men aren’t so much blessed with penises as cursed by them.” The premise of the original Stephen King novel is deviously brilliant: a woman (the amazing Carla Gugino) gets handcuffed to a bed by her husband (Bruce Greenwood) before sex, then he drops dead and she’s left all alone, with no one around for miles. But while it worked on the page via inner monologue and whatnot, I wondered if there was a feature-length film in it. Well, director Mike Flanagan figured it out, making the most out of a single location and only one (living) character. I’d rather not spoil how he does it, but this movie is really clever and tense and creepy and unpredictable and dynamic and, in a twisted kind of way, entertaining, even though it deals with horrible, horrible things, including what may be the goriest scene of 2017, give or take “Brawl in Cell Block 99.” And then there’s the utterly unexpected, weird AF, love-it-or-hate-it epilogue. (I loved it.) ]

(17 Oct) Killing Gunther (2017, Taran Killam) 37
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(20 Oct) Les Affamés (2017, Robin Aubert) 91 94
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(21 Oct) xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017, D.J. Caruso) 52
[ This is kind of garbage – badly written, badly directed garbage – but occasionally, it’s pretty fun garbage. Like when Vin Diesel skateboards his way through Dominican Republic, or when he has a gratuitous seven-way in London, or when he rides an amphibian motocross in the Philippines, or when he jumps over/under trucks and cars in Detroit, or during the extended climax where the whole diverse cast (Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, Rory McCann, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Deepika Padukone, Michael Bisping, Nina Dobrev, and a surprise cameo) kicks ass. ]