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I Do . . . Until I Don’t, Game of Thrones, Friends From College, Weekend Picks

We review Lake Bell’s I Do . . . Until I Don’t on this episode. Does it deliver on its intriguing premise? How does it stack up to Bell’s previous flick: In A World . . . ?

Logan and Bob both give their mini reviews of Game of Thrones season 7. Bob also mini reviews Friend From College.

In weekend picks, Logan recommends You’re the Worst, The Deuce, and Top of the Lake: China Girl. Bob talks about It, 9/11, and Anti Matter, but picks Home Again.

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Logan Lucky, Thimbleweed Park, Endless Space 2, Weekend Picks

Logan Lucky is the week’s full movie review. How does it withstand Ocean’s Eleven comparisons? Which of us likes it more than the other?

For our mini reviews section, we talk about video games we chose not to finish. Bob mini reviews Thumbleweek Park, and Logan talks about Endless Space 2.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up The Tick. Bob mentions Birth of the Dragon, Leap!, and Tulip Fever.

Let’s rock!

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Detroit, What Remains of Edith Finch, Catastrophe, Weekend Picks

This week we give a full review to Detroit. How well does the movie transport us and show us what it may have been like? What do we learn about the context of events?

Bob mini reviews What Remains of Edith Finch and Catastrophe season 2.

In weekend picks, Logan mentions Get Shorty and Halt and Catch Fire. Bob picks Logan Lucky for next week’s movie, but also talks about The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Shot Caller, Patty Cake$, and Lemon.

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Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Weekend Picks

It’s Atomic Blonde day! We give it the ol’ Practically Culture full review. It all comes down to Charlize Theron: does she hold the movie together despite its weaknesses? Logan and Bob don’t fully agree. Have a listen! Choose a side!

Logan mini reviews Lady Macbeth. Bob mini reviews Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up Ray Donovan. Not so much as a recommendation, but for Practically Culture old times’ sake. Bob talks about The Dark Tower, Detroit, Wind River, and Kidnap, but can’t quite decide. Keep it locked on Twitter for the final selection.

Let’s rock!

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Dunkirk, Friends From College, Baywatch, Weekend Picks

It’s war movie time! We review Dunkirk this week. Does it play differently as a war movie and as a movie movie? Does the PG13-level gore make it more accessible?

Logan mini reviews Friends From College. Bob mini reviews Baywatch.

In weekend picks, Logan brings up Room 104. Bob talks about The Emoji Movie and An Inconvenient Sequel, but makes the call for next week with Atomic Blonde.

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The Beguiled

What’s there to like?

The Beguiled is a dark, sometimes mysterious story. What drew me in was the detailed world of Civil War-era Southern manners and customs. The way they talked, the propriety of how men and women interact with each other, and so on. And most of all, the restraint. But all that wasn’t just a historical curiosity or part of the art direction–it really drove the plot forward. You’ve got this soldier (Colin Farrell), a representation of brutality and power, of masculine brutality and power, entering a secluded girl’s school (led by Nicole Kidman’s headmistress, Kirsten Dunst playing a teacher, and Elle Fanning as one of the students)–this bastion of only women. He’s injured and he needs their care. But the restraint and the polarization between masculine and feminine highlight the sexuality in the air. So you’ve got a blurring of the lines between danger and sexual attraction, at least from the point of view of all these women towards this unknown, scary soldier. Continue Reading

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The Beguiled, Master of None, Silicon Valley, Table 19, Weekend Picks

We give a full review this week to The Beguiled. How does the restraint of Civil-War South manners drive the plot? And listen to us disagree on whether the mysterious objectification of the stranger makes this a recommendable movie.

Bob mini reviews Master of None season 2 and Table 19. Logan mini reviews Silicon Valley season 4.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Loaded, Ozark, Ballers, and Insecure. Bob picks Dunkirk for next week’s movie, but also mentions Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Landline.

Let’s rock!

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The Big Sick, The Leftovers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Weekend Picks

Nothing like an indie romantic comedy in July, amirite? Logan and Bob review The Big Sick. How does the real story it’s based on translate to a movie? Will anyone remember it at year-end time?

Logan mini reviews The Leftovers season 3. Bob mini reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Suits and Game of Thrones. Bob mentions War For the Planet of the Apes, Wish Upon, and Lady MacBeth. Keep an eye out for the final pick.

Let’s rock!

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Baby Driver, Master of None, Review, Weekend Picks

Happy Fourth of July! We hit it with a full review of Baby Driver. Just how much fun can a movie be, anyway? Oh, and does Jon Hamm finally transcend the Jon Hamm effect?

Bob mini reviews Master of None season 1. Logan mini reviews Review season 3.

In weekend picks, Logan talks about Snowfall and Castlevania. Bob mentions Spider-Man: Homecoming, A Ghost Story, and City of Ghosts. Stay tuned to Twitter for the final pick.

Let’s rock!

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Dinner With Beatriz

What’s there to like?

To be honest, Dinner With Beatriz started a little slow for me. I wasn’t quite hooked in. Salma Hayek is more off-putting than appealing as a frumpy holistic healer. But then Jay Duplass and Chloe Sevigny (what a pair!) show up as a striving, hopeful, 1%-wannabe couple, and I knew I would enjoy this thing.

The story, centrally, is about a fish out of water. Wealthy people are having a dinner party to celebrate a business deal that will make them all a lot of money. Hayek’s Beatriz, comparatively much poorer, ends up attending the party because she gave a massage to the hostess earlier in the day and her car wouldn’t start.

And while a primary way Beatriz is different from her dinner mates is social class, there are other differences too. She’s got a soft spot for the weak and oppressed, be they animals or people. She doesn’t seem to have very good manners. She grew up in Mexico. And all those factors come into play in making the party less successful than hoped.

I haven’t even mentioned John Lithgow and Connie Britton yet, but they’re central and wonderful. Mike White’s screenplay brings nice complexity in showing how strong convictions don’t always make you right.

What’s not to like?

Well, the screenplay’s complexity can also be a little confusing towards the end. I left not quite being able to figure out what the movie was trying to convey. That’s partly a good thing–I like leaving with something to think about–but sometimes it’s a little much.

Also. There’s an ending that’s extra confusing.  I had so many lingering questions. Just too many, really. Seemed out of character. And I guess I’ll leave it at that.

The Verdict

A fish out of water, culture clash movie that shows everyone sharing the blame for a crappy evening–even the supposedly moral ones.

Fine

[cross posted at loganbeaux.com]