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  1. movieman says:

    I was looking forward to “Greta” despite the mixed-to-negative reviews coming out of TIFF last fall.

    It starts out like gangbusters, but quickly deteriorates into abject stupidity.

    I spent the last 40 minutes groaning in my seat.

    Huppert is, of course, fun to watch, but it proves that after this and 2007’s “The Brave One” Neil Jordan should stay as far away from NYC as possible.

    WOM should be brutal.

    Does anyone know whether Focus is planning to open “Captive State” as wide as “Greta” in two weeks? On the basis of the trailer, it looks like the most commercial Focus movie since “Atomic Blonde.”
    Seems like a missed opportunity not to take it as wide as possible before “Us” hits on the 22nd.
    Esp since it’s only competition (on March 15th) is a kiddie ”toon and yet another star-crossed YA romance. Double “yawn” on both counts.

  2. Stella's Boy says:

    I like The Brave One. It’s underrated. Foster is great and it’s got more going on than your typical male vigilante movie. I still want to see Greta but reviews are all over the place. I’ll keep expectations in check and yeah box office won’t be good. I barely saw any ads.

    For a long time I thought Captive State was a wide release but it appears to be limited now. Saw the trailer a few times in late 2018 but haven’t seen it this year.

    Lords of Chaos is pretty good. Some of the most brutal and unflinching I’ve seen in a while. I had to look away several times. Just gruesome. It’s a little too long but I didn’t know anything about it and it’s a pretty crazy and fascinating story. No idea how accurate it is but I was absorbed throughout. Culkin is great and the rest of the cast solid. Not a pleasant experience but glad I saw it.

  3. movieman says:

    SB- A similar (-ish) movie to “The Brave One” that I went to the mat for last decade was Jane Campion’s NYC-lensed “In the Cut” which most critics (and certainly audiences) loathed. I thought it was a minor Campion masterpiece.
    At least “Brave” had sociological/feminist ambition/pretensions.
    “Greta” just wants to be a high-style “Single White Female”-esque guilty pleasure. But, sadly, it fails. And I really wanted to love it.
    I’m interested in “Lords of Chaos:” is it only available On Demand?
    It was on my Netflix queue with a late February release date, but was relegated last week to my “We Have No Idea When This is Coming Out: Sorry” queue w/ no add’l information.

  4. Stella's Boy says:

    Brave One isn’t perfect but it’s got a lot on its mind and is interesting, and not only because the vigilante is female. Feel like it was unfairly dismissed as just another dumb revenge movie. I should give In the Cut another chance. Don’t remember exactly how I felt after seeing it back when it was released. Just all the fuss and hatred.

    I paid $4.99 to watch Lords of Chaos on VOD. It’s also in one theater where I live. Flawed but worth a look. Will stick with me. The violence really hits you hard. Looked up some reviews out of curiosity and a few are quite negative, and the narrative is messy, but most of the movie worked for me.

  5. movieman says:

    I hope to see “Chaos” eventually.
    Seems foolish to pay for a VOD right now w/ a stack of library DVDs sitting in my bedroom (including more holy grails like 1966’s “The Group,” 1967’s “Custer of the West” and 1968’s “The Magus”).
    “In the Cut” is worth another look: recall it being sexy as hell (for a 21st century studio release).

  6. Stella's Boy says:

    It can be fun to revisit something like that many years later with no expectations and no strong memory of how you feel about it.

  7. Christian says:

    I hate to say it about someone who starred in my favorite movie of 2010, “Let Me In,” but I think “Greta” revealed that I may now have a Chloe Grace Moretz Problem.

    Sure, the screenplay grows increasingly absurd, but that aside, every time Maika Monroe was on screen, I found myself wishing the movie was about her character rather than about Moretz’s character.

    Now, I haven’t seen Monroe in anything since “It Follows,” in which I thought she gave an iconic performance for horror-film lovers. (I just checked, and she has numerous credits since “It Follows.”). Also, I don’t usually have strong preferences about actors; I’m more of a director snob/auteurist. I just wasn’t all that interested, frankly, in Moretz in this film, and I found myself wondering if her performance was one of the film’s larger problems.

  8. Sideshow Bill says:

    I quite liked Lords Of Chaos. Agree the violence was overwhelming at times. And the tone shifts can be jarring but I remember when this was all happening and reading the news. This whole story is bananas. And those guys were assholes and I’m glad the movie depicted them as such. Yea, some had mental problems but doesn’t fully forgive them being such dicks to each other. Good film.

  9. Sideshow Bill says:

    Also, while I haven’t seen it yet, doesn’t Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM have a good reputation?

  10. movieman says:

    “Byzantium” has a 65% RT rating.
    I remember liking it at the time, but don’t know anyone else who saw it. A typically nonexistent IFC “release.”
    On the plus side, “Greta” opened on more screens than any Jordan movie since “The Brave One.”

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