Things I saw in August


Branded to Kill (1967) A stylistic crime thriller about an assassin who becomes a marked man after a botched job. The film is obsessed with death in so many ways and gets under your skin. That being said this is an enjoyable psychedelic odyssey of a movie, and one that stays with you. 4 stars out of 4

The Glass Castle (2017) Based on a true story of a family who live like destitutes for most of their lives thanks mostly to their alcoholic, non-conformist father. Soon the children fend for themselves and escape on their own to New York. This is a well made family drama with great performances. 3 stars out of 4

Logan Lucky (2017) Steven Sodebergh’s return to feature filmmaking after a bit of a hiatus. He returns to the heist genre that he perfected so well with “Ocean’s 11” and “Out of Sight”. This one plays like a deadpan comedy taking place in the deep south. This turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for late summer escapism. 3.5 stars out of 4

The Defenders (2017) Netflix’s version of “The Avengers” with the teaming of their four Marvel shows in one big showdown. Being mainly only a fan of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”, this storyline which was lifted from the dreadful season 2 of “Daredevil doesn’t hold much water or stakes. Having never watched “Iron Fist” I was confused with what his stakes were all in this. Jessica and Luke who are the most down to earth heroes in this bring great gravitas in their scenes where they merely add some realism and comic relief to the situation. Forget all this nonsense and just wait for season 2 of “Jessica Jones” which is taking forever. 2 stars out of 4

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