Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane, & Chloe Grace Moretz
Back in the Bad Old Days (1993), SSA (same sex attraction) was considered by many to be aberrant and reversible.

That's how Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz) wound up at God's Promise, a conversion-therapy facility where she's told that her weakness can be eradicated with proper devotion to God. The well-meaning brother/sister team in charge believe what they preach, but soon Cameron and two other students realize the team is just making it up as they go along.

For the most part, this engaging movie is gentle and quiet and the characters are so well drawn that spending time with them is a pleasure. The film doesn't break new ground with a subject that's been dealt with before, still Movie Slut highly recommends it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Spy Who Dumped Me

As far as the Movie Slut is concerned Kate McKinnon (SNL's superstar) can do no wrong. And her sidekick in this buddy flick, Mila Kunis is no slouch either. If only they had better material to work with.

Not that this is a bad flick. It's just that it could be, make that it should be, a lot funnier.
So, Audrey (Kunis) was dumped via text. It happens. But when she discovers her ex was a spy, she's off with her BFF, Morgan (you know who) on a European adventure to get to the bottom of it.

Gillian Anderson, in a cameo as the hard-edged CIA chief, is hysterical, especially since she's spoofing her role in The Fall in which she's a so-cold-she-melts-ice-twice police woman.

If you're looking for a little fun, but not too much, by all means see this film.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eighth Grade: Been there. Done that.

Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is in eighth grade.


And, yeah, she has a Youtube show called "Kayla's Korner," for which viewers are conspicuously absent. No matter. Viewers aren't the point. In an extremely emotionally healthy move, Kayla is really talking to herself. Her subjects include "Being Yourself," and "Putting Yourself Out There."

She's not one of the cool kids in middle school, but you know, based on her show, that she's going to have a better time of it in high school and beyond.

It's a sweet movie about a time of life most of us remember. And not that fondly. The Movie Slut just isn't sure if, like Kayla, this movie has an audience.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Blindspotting: Now you see this. Now you see that.

Collin (Daveed Diggs) has three more days of probation. What could happen?
As it turns out, plenty. Especially since his pal and coworker, Miles (Rafael Casal), is a loose canon with a hair-trigger temper. And then there's this problem: Driving home, rushing to meet his 11 p.m. curfew, he witnesses a white policeman shoot an unarmed Black man in the back. Four times.

The incident haunts Collin. And as we all know, there's nothing he can do about it.

What makes this tragi-comedy work as well as it does, and it works stupendously, is Collin's off-the-charts likeability. You want him to make it. And so you're sitting on the edge of your seat for 95 minutes.

The Movie Slut felt like she almost knew what it was like to be a young Black man in America. And it was f---ing scary.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Equalizer 2: Equals uber fun

Five reasons to see The Equalizer 2: Denzel! Denzel! Denzel! Denzel! Denzel!

And those aren't the only reasons, though it's difficult to imagine anyone else pulling off the role of a cold-blooded vigilante, whose also a warm-hearted friend and neighbor.

The Movie Slut, not a lover of violence on or off the screen, has to admit that it's satisfying to see evil-doers get their just desserts. And they do in this movie. Oh, boy do they.

The pacing of this movie is spot on. The subplots are as engaging as the main event. One of these involves a Holocaust survivor. Another, a Latino woman whose vegetable garden is destroyed by thugs.

The Equalizer exists in a colorblind world in which everyone deserves to live their lives in peace. And if that doesn't work out. Well, he makes sure the culprits pay.

Denzel! Denzel! Denzel! Denzel! Denzel!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mamma Mia! Here we go again

Abba-ca-dabra! It's movie magic.

Ten years ago, Mamma Mia! arrived on the big screen with Meryl Streep and the band's greatest hits.
The Movie Slut wasn't impressed. Sure, the music rocked, but Streep, who was on the off ramp to 60 at the time, looked ridiculous in overalls and even her acting talents couldn't pull off a 17-year-old Dancing Queen.

This prequel-sequel cast Lily James as young Donna (Streep's character) in flashbacks, and Amanda Seyfried as her now grown-up daughter. Streep is on hand for one song. And Cher makes a cameo as glama.

It all works. The songs might not be Abba's greatest hits (though we do hear at least two of them), but the band's second-tier will make you wish you'd paid more attention to them in the 1970s.

Looking for an escape from all that's wrong with our country this summer? Here it is.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Catcher Was A Spy: Little-known hero

Here's what we know about Moe Berg.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from Columbia. 
He was a Major League catcher in the 1930s and early '40s.
He was a World War II spy.
He spoke nearly a dozen languages.
He might have been gay.

Now, the Movie Slut wants to know which of the above you think is most interesting.
Some reviewers chose to discuss the last one. To which MS says, "Oh Puh-leeze."

In this baseball/spy biopic Paul Rudd is the enigmatic brainiac who enlists with the US Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA), which tasked him to discover how close the Nazis were to making an atomic bomb. And, of yes, to commit murder if necessary.

It's a heck of a story that could have made a fantastic flick. Instead, it's just good enough not to be missed.