The age old story of going off the grid and finding yourself. That’s what Samuel is attempting to do here in C.O.G. Recently graduated from Yale, excellently educated and wary of religion, he and his friend decide to pack everything up and find out how the “real people” live and work. This lands him in Oregon after quite an interesting bus trip. Buses are always full of a variety of interesting folks if you’re ever looking for writing material.
This movie has been on my To-Watch list for a while ever since I saw the preview during a binge session of watching movie trailers on Youtube. You know how those go… Anyway, I have wanted to see it for a while so I was excited to check it out. Unfortunately that excitement didn’t last too long. It was a slow moving, pivoting film that I couldn’t quite get into. I haven’t read the essay it was based off by David Sedaris, but the film just didn’t do it for me.
It wasn’t a waste of time, like Lobster, however not the best use of my time. If you’re looking for a slowly progressing “self discovery” movie about a kid in Oregon’s apple country that feels more like a book, then I think I’ve found your film. But as for the rest of us, you won’t miss out on much if you pass on C.O.G.
GMBM Verdict : Maybe the book is better? Bad Movie.
Starring: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll
Rating R Released 2013
The strange stigma of being single in today’s society is ramped up to a whole new level in this film. Not only is it stigmatized, it is actually illegal. Marriage certificates on your person are required along with partners in this futuristic society strictly revolving around companionship. If you are found without one or both, you are then sent to a hotel for 45 days to find a mate or else be turned into an animal of your choosing. And for a movie based on romantic journeys, it is quite void of emotion. Obviously on purpose, but it no doubt makes it difficult to watch.
I think I laughed no more than a handful of times throughout The Lobster. And they were hardly chuckles. Most jokes didn’t land or were quite dark. I was searching for some parallel to today’s societal weight given to finding a relationship but if it was there, it was shrouded in a shrill soundtrack, dark humor, and an ambiguous plot and purpose.
I almost turned it off half way through but decided to give it a chance to turn around in the second half hoping for a good ending that did not come. (Plus part of my job is pushing through the bad movies so you don’t have to.) I advise you to use my experience and not waste your time with this one.
GMBM Verdict : Bad Movie. Just bad..
Starring: Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz
Rating R Released 2016
Adult Children of Divorce (A.C.O.D.)
In this generation, divorce has become so much of a norm that people get into relationships hardly expecting them to last very long, or even avoid them all together. This film goes over what it is like for a now grown adult dealing with having divorced parents from childhood.
A.C.O.D. starts off well and had my hopes somewhat high. However as the story progressed I just was not able to really get hooked into it. Intermittent chuckles throughout was enough for me not to switch movies but not enough to really enjoy the movie. No real ups and downs to grab the attention of the viewer, the story line seemed pretty even keel.
I will always give lowkey movies a shot, I love taking the risk to find hidden gems. However, this wasn’t one of those times. Sorry to be a downer with the review, but as they say, you are what you watch.
GMBM Verdict : Bad Movie Mr. Scott
Starring: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler
Rated R Released 2013
If you are looking for a supernatural thriller with some truly messed up ish going on about a girl and her family, this is the one. It is set in the pre-Internet 90’s (no that’s not the messed up part) around a flurry of satanic rituals in local communities (there it is).
The story had me on my toes switching between theory A and theory B all the way up to the end. Or should I say, the somewhat anticlimactic end… As with any thriller there are some frightening parts but unfortunately this felt too earthy and disappointing once the truth was revealed.
If you’ve really ran out of thrillers to watch, this can fill your time until you find a better one. But by no means should you expect much. As they say, low expectations is the key to happiness.
GMBM Verdict : Mehh, Bad Movie
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis
Rated R Released 2015