**The following review contains spoilers for the film**
Howard Ratner is a Jewish man with a large, unified family, a beautiful wife, three loving children, and a renowned jewelry shop that he owns on the diamond district in New York City. Howard also has a hot girlfriend, a gambling addiction, and over $100,000 in debt to multiple people across the state of New York. Such a versatile man, with a dirty, mixed cocktail of a life leaving him intoxicated and fucked over with every sip he takes.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..."
Christmas movies, new and old, have served the purpose of perpetuating delicate human-ness and emotions. That, or they are just jam-packed of sheer jubilee corniness that you can't help but enjoy the perfect wintery world of romance, comedy, and twinkling lights before you. However, instead of relishing in the dazed, perfection that is a Christmas movie, and in honor of the remake of Black Christmas dropping in theaters this holiday, I would rather spend this Christmas talking about some of my favorite alternate (or horror) Christmas films.
Christmas horror films are one of the best sub-genre's of horror, right there along with comedy-horror. There's something magical about taking something positive and quaint, like the feeling of the holiday season, and meshing it with a little bit (or a lot a bit) of gore, that makes fans, like myself, have the best time.
"Make me look good, honey boy."
That's what James says to his son, Otis, at the end of the film, when he tells him he'll be writing a movie about him. "Honey boy" is a term of endearment for Otis from his father, and it's also the title of this film.
Honey Boy (2019) is the autobiographical screenplay written by Shia LaBeouf and directed by Alma Har'el. It's the story of a young boy named Otis (played by Noah Jupe) as he finds himself in the spotlight of the acting world while also dealing with the turmoil and abusive relationship with his father James (played by LaBeouf himself.)
When you look within a donut hole, what will you find? Another donut hole, that leads to another donut hole within that donut hole. It's a never-ending barrage of donut holes- at least that's what Daniel Craig says, and in his Southern drawl, it sounds hilariously credible.
Knives Out (2019) definitely placed itself at the top of my 2019 films of the year list. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, he has proven once again that he knows how to take a genre, and take your expectations of a film, then just veer them off course. For some, they don't like it, but for others- like myself- it makes for an unpredictable and fun movie experience.
Before the release of this new Frozen film, I didn't listen to any of the singles, and I didn't read any news. I wanted to be as surprised as I could be during the film, and I wanted to feel the full impact of the themes. I knew this film would be trying something new, and I was pretty darn excited.
It was just yesterday that I was seated for Ford v. Ferrari (2019), and I did not know what to expect. I half expected something flat, but I also half expected something spectacular because of the amazing reviews I had read about the film. What I was left with was not "spectacular." No, the right wording for this film would be things like "genuine," "memorable," "outstanding," and more. This film was well-written, perfectly acted out, beautifully shot, action-packed, and full of so much honest emotion. It's a story told magically, and it captures the character and retro-feel of the time, while also never losing sight of the people it's trying to portray.
My name is Jacinda, and I am a film lover and student. Check out more of my pieces at Flipscreened!
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