Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post










Aside from its poor title,Writer/Director Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a well-made drama about the failed attempts of gay conversion therapy centers in the ‘90s.

An orphan, Cameron (Chloё Grace Moretz) is placed in such a center by her conservative guardian after being caught making out with her best friend (Quinn Shepard) at their Senior Prom.

Her interaction with the center heads played by Jennifer Ehle and John Gallagher, Jr. is often fascinating, but it’s her bonding with fellow inmates played by the interesting Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck that makes the film enjoyable.

I give The Miseducation of Cameron Post a 3.8 out of 5.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Incredibles 2








Once you get past the ridiculous and “who cares?” artist introduction to the film and a promising Pixar short that turns out to be equally ridiculous, the film you came to see, Writer/Director Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2, is superb in both story and production values.
The voices of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Eli Fucile make up the superhero Parr family, who are out of work because superheroes have been outlawed.
 
A wealthy entrepreneur (voice of Bob Odenkirk) comes to their aid with a campaign to reverse the superhero ban, but wants to feature Holly’s Elastigirl and Craig’s Mr. Incredible is sidelined as house-husband to care for the kids.


 

While everyone in the family is excellent, Catherine Keener shines as the voice of the entrepreneur’s very creative sister and Brad Bird himself is hilarious as the voice of the family’s costume designer Edna Mode.


 
If you are an animation fan, Incredibles 2 is a must-see.  If you’re not, see it anyway. 
I give it a 4.6 out of 5.


Custody (Jusqu’À La Garde)










Writer/Director Xavier Legrand’s Custody (Jusqu’À La Garde) is an extremely intense and gripping film, starring two admirable French actors, Léa Drucker and Denis Ménochet.
 
The plot concerns the custody battle over the divorcing couple’s adolescent son (Thomas Gioria), who does not want to see his potentially violent father, much less live with him.

Cinematographer Nathalie Durand effectively pulls the audience into the action in what might otherwise be a TV drama.

And, that’s the issue for this film.  As well-made as it is, I don’t think it will get much of an audience on theatrical screens, but should do very well on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.

I give Custody a 3.5 out of 5.