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‘Eighth Grade’ About as Bad as You Remember

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Comedian, and now writer/director Bo Burnham has released his first feature Eighth Grade, starring Elsie Fisher as awkward, in-between Kayla Day.

Kayla is trying like almost anyone her age to be cool and fit in in the fast paced, technology-laden world of teens today. We watch, many times, as Kayla creates videos for her YouTube channel: advice on things like being yourself and fitting in. These videos highlight the ways in which Kayla makes an effort to find these things in life and within herself.

Throughout, we are privy to awkward conversations with Dad (Josh Hamilton), the muted sharp glares to and from ‘popular’ girl Kennedy and a handful of awesomely socially tragic clashes with equally awkward and removed teen boys. Everyone in their own world amid a sea of extremely thick atmosphere that feels all too familiar, compressed and leaves you gasping.

A note here on the score: It comes far too often, too loud. The chosen songs sound hastily made and are in such jarring contrast with the film itself, it further warps whatever is left to be gleaned from on screen. There is no matching of emotion or intention, merely blaring beats better used elsewhere.

The direction style doesn’t favor glamour shots, opting instead for a well lived-in feel. The costumes and scenery are muted, everyday colorful: very grounded in reality, glittered with iPhones and punctuated by so many uhms and ahs.

Burnham clearly has an adept feel for the material, but this is also his downfall. The strangest bit comes during an active shooter drill (yes, of course) followed almost immediately by an earthquake preparedness drill. This evasion tactic practice leads to some reaching attempts at innocent flirting tinged with a hint of the salacious, terrifying trouble it could bring. On many occasions we are set up with something that pushes beyond the grainy film of the movie into interesting and gripping territory, only for it to be deflated moments after; this uneven rise and fall gives the movie a meandering feel that never quite reaches the apex of understanding it needs to drive home just what is important here.

To say this movie has merit is to say a lot, outside of style and deadly accurate tone, the structure crumbles in on itself and the message, if there is one, is lost. Moments of reflection and success are muddled through and perhaps that is the point, however, this makes for a trying and very painful watch that doesn’t seem to know which audience it wants to pull in.

Is this meant to be a burdened nostalgia cringefest for those that have grown through the struggles of young adulthood? Or is there a message amid the noise for the ones coming up in the now? This film is rated ‘R’, so the latter seems a stretch at best. Presenting the dredge of middle school without resolve is certainly bold, but this film stumbles more than it strides.

If the idea of a mostly accurate depiction of the slow ache of growing pains sounds intriguing, give this one a watch when it comes to DVD or the streaming service of your choice.

A24, highly regarded production company, and noted comedian Bo Burnham have taken us to school, and it isn’t pretty.

 

New Poster For Upcoming Aquaman Movie Revealed

On July 16 we were treated to a brand new Aquaman poster in anticipation for the trailer unveiling at San Diego comic con this Saturday.

The poster depicts Aquaman swimming through Atlantis with loads of underwater creatures gathering behind.

The film is set to be released December 21, 2018

Goldblum Is BACK For Jurassic World 2.

Dr. Ian Malcolm will return to the realm of dinosaurs in the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. Jeff Goldblum has signed onto the film, but it’s currently unclear how big his role will actually be. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning as our rapturous leads, and will most likely be subject to one of Malcom’s philosophical, spiritual rambles. It’s possible that the might even be treated to a Laura Dern hand waterfall, if they’re so lucky.

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Jurassic World 2 is set to be released June 22, 2018

The New JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer Is HERE

DC nerds, get hyped. The official Justice League trailer is here, and it’s jammed pack with never-before-seen clips from the upcoming movie.

JUSTICE LEAGUE is set to be released November 2017.

NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 TEASER

Two words: Baby. Groot.

We have just been treated with a brand new teaser trailer from the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and boy is it fun. There’s so much fantastic Rocket Racoon and Baby Groot action, and it’s totally irresistible. It’s really difficult to the deny the tiny, adorable badass that is Baby Groot. Aside from the miniature, lovable arbor we see a whole lot of action bundled up with the iconic humor we can to love in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is set to release May 5th 2017 so it maybe a little while before we see a full trailer, but keep your eyes peeled. There’s also no indication of The Avengers just yet, but with Infinity War on the horizon something is bound to happen.


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