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Thread: A Simple Favor (Paul Feig)

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    A Simple Favor (Paul Feig)

    Last Five Films I've Seen

    The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones, 1982) 7.5
    Xtro (Davenport, 1982) 4.5
    Born of Fire (Dehlavi, 1987) WTF
    Angst (Kargl, 1983) 8
    Tales From The Hood (Cundieff, 1995) 7
    Zombi3 (Fulci, 1988) 8
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Russell, 1987) 8.5

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    Last Five Films I've Seen

    The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones, 1982) 7.5
    Xtro (Davenport, 1982) 4.5
    Born of Fire (Dehlavi, 1987) WTF
    Angst (Kargl, 1983) 8
    Tales From The Hood (Cundieff, 1995) 7
    Zombi3 (Fulci, 1988) 8
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Russell, 1987) 8.5

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    It gets off to a really rough start, with the first half hour being simply miserable to sit through. However, around the time that Blake Lively goes missing, it does gradually get better and better from there, to where by the end, I was actually quite digging this film. A decent effort.

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    Such a weird little film, in both good and bad ways. The jumbling of tones and genres has some conventional stretches fall flat (mostly the exposition ones, as in the first 10 minutes or so and the backstory sleuthing), but it also makes for some unpredictability and deliciously self-knowing batshit turns, which makes it such a fun, if uneven, ride. Big picture plot remains deeply unsatisfying, even if the film is engrossing on a moment-to-moment what-the-hell-are-they-going-to-pull-next basis, and it has a gloriously over-the-top ending that couldn't be more into my humor wheelhouse. Performances carry it a long way, especially Blake Lively, whose modulation of a wide range, from sincere vulnerability to cruel glibness, grounds the film's similarly various tones so well. 6.5/10
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    This is fun.

    Comparisons to Gone Girl are inevitable and it goes without saying that Paul Feig is no David Fincher (although Feig's work here is serviceable in an overlit, suburban way), but it reminds me more of certain trashy 90s femme noir comedies like Cruel Intentions and Wild Things.

    The screenplay is engrossing, self-aware nonsense, even if there isn't much of a takeaway. The two leads are doing some of their finest work. Good music too.
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    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Night of the Demons - 7
    Halloween H40 - 7
    First Man - 8
    A Star Is Born (2018) - 7
    Venom - 6
    Sixteen Candles - 7
    A Simple Favor - 7
    The Predator - 5
    The Godfather - 10
    Touch of Evil - 8

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    I thought this was hilarious and fun. More Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick pairings, please. [
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    Quote Quoting TGM (view post)
    It gets off to a really rough start, with the first half hour being simply miserable to sit through.
    Huh. That was the part I liked best, with Stephanie and Emily getting to know one another. I kind of lost patience with the all the back and forth maneuvering late in the film. I think tolerance of this film largely depends on how one feels about Anna Kendrick and I confess, I find her utterly adorable, even if her performance is a bit broad. Sadly, the film suffers from being just so ... Feig. Man, the guy is a bore of a director.
    The Night of the Hunted (Rollin, 1980) **1/2
    The Demoniacs (Rollin, 1974) **
    First Man (Chazelle, 2018) ***
    A Star is Born (Cooper, 2018) ***
    A Simple Favor (Feig, 2018) **1/2
    Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018) **1/2
    The Three Musketeers (Niblo, 1921) **
    Chi-Raq (Lee, 2015) ***1/2
    The Headless Woman (Martel, 2008) ***
    Searching (Chaganty, 2018) **

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