Movie reviews from The Brown Note radio show presented by Julian Brown, recorded unscripted, unedited and live. https://www.mixcloud.com/julian-brown/
The Social Dilemma (2020)
Did you think you were a Facebook customer and not their product? The years most essential documentary paints a terrifying portrait of how devastating and deep the impact of social media has been on society. Not so much a review as an overview of the incredibly important themes the documentary raises.
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Writer, Donald Ray Pollock's debut novel is brought to the screen by director Antonio Campos and with a great cast and strong production values, it's exactly the kind of grimy Hillybilly-noir I should adore. Sadly it's a boring, indistinct, meaningless mess of a film that takes far too long to give us the salvation of Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson.
I've been trying to start THE AGE OF CAGE for some time now and with both this from 2018 and The Color out of Space this year, I feel we are really there. Cage is the Omega to Keanu's Alpha, and this utterly magnificent gonzo-horror is the real deal. Director Panos Cosmatos weaves some of the most heavily stylised visual palettes ever (Benjamin Loeb) and music (nearly the last from Jóhann Jóhannsson) into an unforgettable fever-dream nightmare revenge fantasy. A truly committed Nicholas Cages is at the centre of the LSD maelstrom.
The Owners (2020)
This latest home invasion horror has a couple of interesting paradigms to throw at the genre (income inequality and the hunter becoming the hunted) but peruses neither effectively with a wayward screenplay and a first half dominated by some of the most obnoxiously stupid characters imaginable. It gets better but only like an awful party improves now the worst people have gone, it's still terrible, despite the efforts of a couple of more esteemed actors and a low rent Florence Pugh knock off.
Hard Kill (2020)
The only reason you ever came across this no-rent endeavor were the combination of Bruce Willis and a zero on Rotten Tomatoes. I struggled to give it a zero myself as unlike We Summon the Darkness, it didn't really earn it, though alongside The Prince it, I think, makes him the only double recipient of a 0/10 on this podcast. But it's not really a movie, more a filmed paintball session.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
The esteemed Charlie Kaufman's latest is a dark, bleak and most depressing existential, near plotless retread of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And my favorite film of the year so far. Enjoy in a double-bill with Vivarium to lose all hope in living. (NOTE: This radio show is movie heavy as the music is my favorite scores and soundtracks from my list, last year, of my top fifty films of the decade - https://www.mixcloud.com/julian-brown/the-brown-note-radio-show-presented-by-julian-brown-7-sep-2020/ )