A decent month with eight films…
The Beanie Bubble
#FF23 The Beanie Bubble is surprisingly enjoyable.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 26, 2023
Galifianakis has never been better than as the engaging/manipulative company founder, and the rest of the cast is strong too (particularly Banks). An interesting story, maybe a little too neatly wrapped up, told well.
#FF23 Joy Ride is a great comedy about friendship and find out who you are.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 26, 2023
While the last act drags through Too Many Endings, there are solid laughs throughout, as well as some touching moments. Great cast, mostly well-paced.
Heart Of Stone
#FF23 Heart Of Stone is straight form Netflix's content churn factory.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 26, 2023
There are some good ideas and some solid set pieces, but a lot of hollow sheen and comic book set dressing. The opening sequence is the best part, so feel free to stop after that.
#FF23 Blue Beetle is Yet Another DC Film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 26, 2023
It's less impressed with itself than, say, Flash, with a likeable hero, generic story, and okay action. Nothing really feels like it matters. It's not terrible, it's just mindless popcorn fodder.
Fine for what it is.
#FF23 Corner Office is an intriguing, off-beat film about an office worker who becomes his best self when he goes into a specific room.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 26, 2023
Hamm plays against type as the awkward lead, getting his sense of self-delusion and self-importance just right. Slow but never dull.
#FF23 The Blackening is a horror satire in the vein of Scream, that explores tropes around Black people in horror movies.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
It's amusing enough, has a couple of jump scares, and is well put together. The main cast all do a job of selling the idea with just enough of a wink
#FF23 Inside sees Willem Dafoe as an art thief trapped in a high-end apartment, trying desperately to escape.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
Dafoe is excellent, growing more deranged as time goes on. The pacing drags in places, but it works through the premise methodically and in near-silence.
#FF23 Paint is a bone-dry take on a Bob Ross-like public access painter, and his new rival.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
Wilson is perfectly cast: the right mix of straight man, with a little goofiness. While it does pull on some of the threads a little long, it's a nice enough comedy.
The August Winner
A little torn between Inside and Corner Office, but Corner Office edges it - I’ve got a soft spot for weird workplace films.