Friday, June 17, 2016

On Finding Dory

(Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead)

Sequels of all-time classics are really hard to pull off.  What made the original a classic is usually some combination of finding unexplored territory within a genre and executing flawlessly; those hard enough to pull off a first time, and even harder to pull off a second time.  For every Toy Story 2, there are 100 sequels that are made to greatly diminishing returns.  While Finding Dory is probably better than your average movie in the latter group, it definitely is not part of the former group.

Friday, June 3, 2016

On The Nice Guys

(Spoiler alert: spoilers ahead)

Usually the thrill of a Noir film is in its protagonist(s) constantly succeeding in escaping sticky situations.  The Nice Guys manages to create an appeal out of seeing the protagonists constantly fail their way in and out of said situations.  It's a nice play on formula that works because of how good the acting is.