In the latest edition of Quick Hits, we’ve got a gay movie made by BuzzFeed that brings shame to the Queer Cinema Movement, one of the weaker films in the DC Animation Universe series, and a minimalist crime thriller that is well worth your time.
My Fake Boyfriend
Year: 2022 | Rating:
My Fake Boyfriend is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.
I knew when I saw the Buzzfeed Studios production logo at the beginning of the film that I should significantly lower my expectations, and yet it still managed to limbo under that bar almost flat on its back.
Half just a horribly written, dull slog that makes absolutely no sense (and features one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen from Dylan Sprouse) and half offensive gay and racial stereotypes (the end of the movie unironically features an old Asian man offering sage advice…fucking really?), this is just a crap film.
Is this what we have to look forward to from Pride Month for now on? Because holy shit, no thanks.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
Director: Rose Troche
Starring: Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Sarah Hyland, Samer Salem, Karen Robinson
Justice League: The New Frontier
Year: 2008 | Rating:
I’ve been hearing a lot about Justice League: The New Frontier (the graphic novel) lately and how great it is, so I thought I would check out the DCAU movie on HBO Max, since these films have a great track record of faithfully representing the stories on which they are based.
All I can say is that it’s very obvious that this is one of the first DCAU movies, because this movie is half-baked, poorly paced, preachy and heavy-handed, and makes absolutely no sense at all.
I’m gonna have to read the graphic novel, for sure, because surely this film did not do it justice if the acclaim is to be believed.
Genre: Animation, Superhero
Runtime: 1 hr. 15 min.
Director: Dave Bullock
Starring: David Boreanaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan
Year: 2022 | Rating:
Okay, I kinda sorta dug Windfall. Yes, it’s goofy and takes itself too seriously and is heavy-handed with the classism and feminism themes, but something about it just won me over. Jesse Plemons gives a great performance as always, and Lily Collins and Jason Segal aren’t too shabby, either. The old-timey ’30s-to-’40s mystery movie music was fun, and the film doesn’t overstay its welcome.
This isn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but I had fun with it. And that’s good enough for me.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.
Director: Charlie McDowell
Starring: Jason Segal, Lily Collins, Jesse Plemons, Omar Leyva