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The Devil All The Time – TCF Review

TCF Review: Appeased/Dark/Visceral but FAIL (see definitions)

The Devil All The Time (TDATT) (streaming on Netflix) is a new film based off of the novel of the same name written by Donald Ray Pollock and starring Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett and Jason Clarke. Its stellar cast and visceral cinematography alone make the film worthy of watching but something didn’t quite work for me.

The Netflix description reads as “Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality”.

The description implies that there is an overall plot or central theme rooted throughout but I failed to uncover it. Is it that man has a dark side that is deeply intertwined with faith? The movie is very dark and disturbing but there is little to no character attachment. It feels rushed. TDATT (should have) been a mini-series, or movie adaptation of the book in which they focus primarily on developing the complex and sinister characters rather than on their sinister deeds. I would guess the book establishes the character superbly. TDATT feels more like trying to take Stephen King’s novel, IT, and condensing it to a single two hour film. It just cannot be done well.

What is good? Beautifully made – cinematography is superb. If you like ‘dark’ then you’ll be satisfied. It could be a bit much for some viewers. The cast is top notch and puts on solid performances.

What is bad? The book likely delves deep down into the souls of these characters which is lacking in this movie. TDATT is tantalizing to watch but a true connection with any character was never established.

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

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The Devil All The Time

My most anticipated movie of September, maybe even in this pandemic of a 2020, is being released on Netflix tomorrow (9/16). The film’s description states “Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.” TDATT was written and directed by Antonio Campos and has a stellar cast starring Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard and Haley Bennett. Match that lineup with the ‘dark thriller’ trailer below and you have one @#%^%@#! potential of a movie!

TCF review coming soon…

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The Third Day – HBOMax

Episode 1 of The Third Day premieres tonight (09/14). According to HBO’s website, the description of the new mini-series reads as “Starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, this limited series is told in two parts, “Summer” and “Winter.” In “Summer” a man named Sam is drawn to the mysterious British island of Osea, while “Winter” follows single mother Helen as she comes to the island seeking answers.” The description doesn’t really give us anything but the trailer sure does peak my curiosity.

My guess (or hope) is that it resembles a movie like Midsommar. Buyer Beware if you haven’t seen that one. It is an amazing film by Ari Aster however it is somewhat disturbing and a ‘slow burn’. Share your thoughts below if you catch the premiere of The Third Day!

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Did Cuties Fail?

TCF Review: Appeased/but FAIL (see definitions)

We live in the era of ‘cancel culture’ and Netflix is once again being targeted for the recently released French film, Mignonnes, or Cuties. Cuties is the directorial debut of Maïmouna Doucouré and the Netflix description is “Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew”.

The movie is an excellent coming-of-age drama EXCEPT that it could have been pulled off without the degree of hyper-sexualization used in the film. No amount of hyper-sexualization feels appropriate but the film itself is about hyper-sexualization. I believe that Emily Nussbaum, a writer for The New Yorker, sums it up in the following tweet posted on Friday, September 11:

CUTIES is a smallscale film about a troubled girl rebelling through a fake hyper-sexualized online persona, then crashing. I didn’t love the dance scenes—they feel doomed to be pulled out of context—but it’s a drag, since the film critiques just what its haters think it supports.

What is good? If one can somehow overlook the sexualized dance scenes and focus on the story, then it is worth the view.

What is bad? It is a statement film but did it go too far sexualizing children? I think the vast majority of people agree that it did which is very unfortunate since the film is otherwise excellent.

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

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In Theaters this Weekend

Not a lot of content flowing into the ‘brick and mortar’ theaters (yet) and Tenet will continue to dominate the box office. The Broken Hearts Gallery is out this weekend (trailer here), though it looks to be a straight-up Gen Z Rom Com so you likely won’t be seeing any TCF review of it. It could be fun enough though as a Renter -Nothing Better To Do type movie. It stars both Geraldine Viswanathan and Dacre Montgomery who are drawing a young following.