Get Out Review

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in recent years. It’s incredibly written and has some fantastic cinematography. Not to mention it has great performances from daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Kener, and Lil Rel Howery. however these are things that you already know. The movie is almost five years old and received plenty of praise. I’m sure I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said by someone more intelligent than me. However I did find certain aspects of the movie so enjoyable I felt I needed to give the movie my belated and personal praise

First I wanted to share my thoughts on how well the movie builds suspense. Jordan Peele perfectly balances the way information is delivered to the audience. Enough is revealed to the viewer to give them a sense of unease. Yet not enough information is revealed to the viewer (and Chris) until it’s too late.

The very casual racism, micro aggressions, and odd behavior by the Amitages is unfortunately expected by the audience. However, the peculiar behavior from Georgina, Walter, and later Logan tells us clearly something is wrong here. They act, as Chris says, “like they missed the movement.” They clearly aren’t right, and the fact that we (and Chris) don’t know exactly what is happening is, in my opinion, more frightening than any jump scare.

Other moments like this include the way the party goers acted, especially Logan. Between his odd speech and mannerisms he clearly isn’t normal. And after his “seizure” he has effectively scared us and Chris, yet we and Chris don’t exactly know why. I could list other moments, like the first instance of hypnosis(which I’ll get to) or the auction crosscut with Chris telling Rose about his mother But you get the point. Peele’s tight script gradually lowers you into the horrible truth, and once you are able to connect the pieces, it’s too late.

Secondly, I wanted to talk about the horror setting, if you will. Get Out does something that i think is pretty cool when it come to the setting. Horror movie are typically shot in places that frighten people. Whether it be a haunted house, a spooky forest, or an elaborate murder maze, horror movies tend to be set in an environment that is scary. However Get Out takes place at a beautiful home. The movie opens in a lavish suburb.

These places aren’t supposed to be frightening, or at least, frightening to white people. To a black person, I imagine a suburb filled with middle aged to old white people can be scary. To a black person, I imagine a house in the middle of the woods filled with out of touch white people can be opposing.

Get Out takes place in an environment that maybe I, as a white man, wouldn’t find particularly off putting. However, to a black person, these places are alien and hostile even. They represent an aspect of society that is unfamiliar to them, and unfamiliarity often creates fear

Third, I wanted to give my praise to the look in Get Out. I hate to admit I’m not too familiar with the technical jargon of filmmaking. But there were some absolutely beautiful sequences that demand admiration. Like the opening tracking shot that doesn’t cut until credits begin. Or the dollie zoom when Walter sprints toward Chris. These are all great, but the most fantastic of all of these are the sequences in the sunken place. I don’t know how they filmed these sections but they are incredible. The slow falling into abyssal nothingness with only faint burbling is terrifying. And the view into the shrinking world is the scary cherry on the cake. I know it is metaphor, but metaphorical meaning aside, it is a beautiful looking and sounding sequence.

Lastly, I thought Rod was a nice humorous touch. I don’t think the movie necessarily called for comedic relief, but Rod perfectly defuses enough tension to keep the movie moving. His humor also serves a greater purpose than just comedy. He, in a very casual and funny way, discovers the truth of the Armitage family. And because of his “TSA training” he finds Chris on his own. Like a badass.

Ok I’m running out of steam so I’ll leave it at this. Get Out is a game changing horror film. Not only in its technical making, but in its brilliant story. I’d give it 7 tea cups out of 8 tea cups.


I Watched All the (Brosnan) James Bond Bond Movies So You Didn’t Have To

So I did a thing. I, on an desultory whim, decided to watch every and all Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie. And sure there’s only four of them, but watching them back to back to back to back is a harrowing experience. I honestly thought I might not come out with my sanity intact. Luckily I was able to emerge. Like a phoenix. A horribly scarred and changed phoenix.

Okay I might be making these movies seem worse than they actually are but I’m merely dramatizing my very real reaction to them. I had fun laughing at how ridiculous they were but attempting to take them seriously hurt my brain and my heart.

However, there are some qualities in each that are somewhat redeemable, or at the very least acceptable. So, stir you vodka and vermouth, throw in a lime, and join me as I sift through the garbage.

Raging Bull: Fighting Your Demons

I’ve watched plenty of awful shit while being confined to my house. I’ve subjected myself to all four Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, Spencer Confidential, and The Green Hornet (the 2011 one) just to name a few. And while it’s fun to watch the occasional hilariously awful movie, I needed to cleanse my pallet.

In classic pretentious movie connoisseur fashion I turned to Martin Scorsese. And while I was overjoyed to see Taxi Driver back on Netflix, I figured a second post would be unnecessary. And you don’t need me to tell you that The Wolf of Wall street and Goodfellas are fantastic, everyone else already has.

Then I had an epiphany. Well it was less of an epiphany and more of a, “Hey look Raging Bull is on Netflix…any.” So, I was able to satisfy my need to watch a Scorsese film while simultaneously satisfying my need to review something most people won’t immediately recognize.

I’ll try not to spoil much, similar to my last review, as this is a movie that deserves to be seen. As much as I’d like to pick apart every scene that would ultimately be a disservice to you and the movie. Just watch it please.

At Eternity’s Gate: A Painting In Motion

Recently I was asked what the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen was. And while obvious answers like 1917 and Blade Runner: 2049 were on my mind, my immediate response was At Eternity’s Gate. This “biopic”, if you categorize it as such, follows Vincent Van Gogh in the last two productive yet tumultuous years of his life, from leaving Paris in 1888 to his blurred death in 1890.

Never have I been as awestruck or shaken by a movie. To watch At Eternity’s Gate is not only to peer into the magnificent and unrestrained works of Van Gogh, but to catch a glimpse of the troubled mind that paints them. The only way to describe this frenzied movie is the process of painting brought to film. It serves less as a retelling of history but more as a means to delve into the man that is Van Gogh.

Buckle up, dear reader, because in this installment of Matinee Moviegoer we analyze the original archetype of the troubled artist. Headfirst we dive into the artistry of Van Gogh. I will spoil as little as possible as I hope you will watch this movie for yourself. It is a testament to the beauty of the world, and made for those who revel in it’s beauty

Surfs Up: Better Than You Remember

Welcome all to This Matinee preview event! I am you’re gracious host Jesse Westburg A.K.A The Matinee Moviegoer A.K.A Mom. I hope you successfully smuggled in your snacks and found a seat because today were taking stroll down memory lane to nostalgia park. We’re gonna be talking about Surfs Up.

before Surf’s Up

This 2007 animated film stars Shia LaBeouf, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges, and the enduring Zoey Deschanel. Directed by Chris Buck and Ash Brannon-two established directors/animators who between them share credit for other animated classics like Tarzan, Pocahontas, Toy story 1 & 2, and Frozen-This film was Sony’s second animated feature and was nominated for best animated picture at the 80th Academy Awards. It’s wet, it’s wild, and it’s foundation lies on the premise that Penguins pioneered surfing (and that you as the audience just rolls with it).

Surfs up is a damn good time I’m just gonna say it. While not held in the same regard as animated classics like the Lion King or The Incredibles, it’s an absolute blast in it’s own right. And don’t worry I’m here to tell you why

BONUS: don’t just take my word for it, see what the voice of Cody himself had to say about Surfs Up