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    Movie Review: Out of Sync

    Movie Review: Out of Sync

    Out of Sync tells a compelling story story about a woman that finds herself slowly falling out of sync with the world both mentally and physically. It’s a good story about how a person can feel their world closing down around them but not realize that those close to them love and support them if they would accept the help. 

    Marta Nieto does a great job playing the unnamed lead character as detached from those around her and standoffish. She plays a sound editor whose personal life is a mess (her ex & his wife need her to vacate the apartment she’s in) and realizes that her hearing is falling out of sync. Add to that her mother has a secret about her upbringing that could be the key to what’s happening to her. What's really great about this film is that the characters you would expect to be terrible and mean, aren't. The main character thinks no one really cares about her but the opposite is revealed. She has plenty of people that care about her if she lets them. Instead she's purposely cut herself off from the world and that's led to this situation where she's now completely falling out of sync.

    The sound editing in Out of Sync is outstanding. As the lead character falls more and more out of sync with the world, the delay in sound becomes more pronounce. It starts off subtly with the sound being just off slightly. Then the delay becomes longer and longer. It adds to some great moments in the film. Usually having a film being out of sync, isn't a desired effect but in this case it really does work. And honestly in some scenes it really takes some skill.

    Out of Sync isn't the film for everyone but it's definitely worth checking out. The subtitles in the film actually help, especially with the delay in some oof the audio. If you can sit through that, then this will be right up your alley.



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    Movie Review: Hellbound

    Movie Review: Hellbound

    How would society react if people started getting predictions that they were set to die and be bound to Hell that came true? That’s the basis for Hellbound. And the first episode opens up showing just how serious it can be. Giant smoke “Hulks” show up and chase a man out of a coffee shop and then beat him to death in the middle of a busy street. Then they perform some kind of “ritual” that leaves only a smoking pile of ash behind. This intense scene happens before the credits even roll and does a good job of setting the stage for the rest of the first 3 episodes. 

    Hellbound uses the supernatural as a method to tell a story about how society reacts to events that they don’t really understand. Considering what we’ve been dealing with when it comes to COVID and a global pandemic, it comes off as very relevant. First, there’s how religion is used to try to find meaning in things that are happening. There’s a cult in this series that tries really hard to act like they’re not a cult but is clearly a cult. Hellbound uses the idea of “sin” to try to explain away how these things are happening. Obviously if people are being bound to Hell, then clearly they deserve it. There must be a reason for it and so there becomes a national interest in finding out what secrets these people are hiding. 

    The first three episodes unfold in a way that really suck the audience in. There are moments that almost feel like cliffhangers but aren't even the end of the episode. As things start to get revealed, more questions come up. The third episode really starts to show what's really going on and could even be a good ending if this was a film and not a series.

    A Netflix release date for Hellbound hasn't been given yet but when it does, it is definitely worth checking out.



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    • 37 min
    Movie Trailer Reviews: The Guilty

    Movie Trailer Reviews: The Guilty

    The Guilty is one of those films that feels like actually benefited from COVID restrictions. Any other time and this film would have gone too far into showing us car chases and big set pieces. Even worse, it would have turned this film into a cop propaganda film that happens so often when a police officer that is clearly unhinged is somehow made into a hero. Instead what we got was an intense thriller that plays on the concept of police jumping to conclusions and how that can lead to dangerous situations.

    There are several things that really work for The Guilty. First and foremost is Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal might be one of the latest set of celebrities to dry snitch on themselves when it come to their questionable hygiene habits but the man can still act his ass off. Playing demoted and clearly troubled officer Joe Bailey, Gyllenhaal captures completely frantic and out of control nature of a police officer that should never have a badge and a gun. Intensity is something Gyllenhaal always brings to his characters and his Joe Bailey really channels his Louis Bloom character from 2014's Nightcrawler. He's very unlikable and clearly shouldn't be working dispatch much less being a cop with a badge. But he also serves as a great vantage point for how dangerous it is for cops to try too hard to dictate situations and jump to conclusions when they don't have all the facts.

    The rest of the cast is also well suited for this film. Most are not visibly seen (due to Covid restrictions) but still do a great job helping to bring the story together. Da'Vine Joy Randolph plays a CHP dispatcher who routinely reminds Officer Bailey he doesn't have the authority to tell her or anyone else how to do their job. Its a much needed performance that serves in contrast to Bailey's ego and need to play supercop. Peter Sarsgaard and Riley Keough also give great performances that help drive the level of urgency in the film. Also, like Randolph, they do a great job playing off of Gyllenhaal and help enhance his performance since all of their interactions happen through the phone. This is a huge reason why this film works so well.

    Usually films do better when they “show instead of tell” you what’s happening. However, in The Guilty, hearing what’s happening without actually seeing it works to the film’s advantage. It puts the audience right there in the seat with Officer Bailey with a  little sense of hopelessness because just like him, there’s nothing you can do but sit and wait for someone to explain what happened. this increases the tension in the film and really draws the audience in. It also makes the film feel like there are real stakes. More importantly though, it shows how context matters and that when you’re only one the receiving end of information, it's easy to jump to conclusions that could have devastating consequences.

    The Guilty has suspense, tension and a sense of urgency that all make this a film worth checking out. Even better, it also shows how the “super cop” on the police force isn’t a good thing for public safety and doesn’t shy away from it. 

    The Guilty will release in select in select theaters on September 24 and on Netflix October 1.



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    • 32 min
    Super Tuesday Recap: Legends of Tomorrow S6E14 & 15 Review – Do What Sara Wouldn't Do

    Super Tuesday Recap: Legends of Tomorrow S6E14 & 15 Review – Do What Sara Wouldn't Do

    Season 6 of Legends of Tomorrow was great. Particularly the final run of episodes. Its weird to say this about an episode where Mick becomes the father of alien-human squid babies, a giant alien mushroom protecting the earth from alien invasion, John dying and becoming a mushroom (and more ridiculousness) but this was probably the least ridiculous Legends finale we've seen. Part of that is because this season did a really good job of tying all the themes together. Especially with Spooner. She was a bit annoying for most of the season but the show did a great job pairing her with Astra the last few episodes really worked. Also the reveal about her origin and mother also worked well. 

    This was also the best send off for two Legends. First, it was nice to see Mick settle down and complete his arc. The moment with him and Sara sharing a beer and reflecting on their time was a good reminder of how far they've come. Then there was John. Still the bastard he's always been. It also leaves the door open for him to return. Or even better, for him to end up in a live action movie. There really is no need to find another John Constantine.

    Overall we really loved this season and look forward to the new season starting next month.

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    Unanimous Decision: NFL 2021 Winners and Losers

    Unanimous Decision: NFL 2021 Winners and Losers

    I have so much fun beating Mike in NBA Over/Unders each fall that we've decided to extend the game to the NFL. Sure, there are fewer games, but that will only make this beating of my friend oh so much sweeter.

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    • 37 min
    Unanimous Decision: All In on All Out

    Unanimous Decision: All In on All Out

    I honestly thought the idea of an emergency pro wrestling podcast would be limited to a disaster, but once again Tony Khan and company have proven me wrong. If you liked pro wrestling as a kid, AEW is the product for you. And All Out proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    Guest: Aaron - @ANSFreeman

     



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