In this edition of Quick Hits, I review a strange comedy about temptation and repression, a gay Mean Girls knockoff that is anything but “fetch,” and a bizarre sci-fi thriller that is far too convoluted for its own good.
The Little Hours
Year: 2017 | Rating:
The Little Hours is a very strange film that I am having a very hard time deciding how I felt about it.
On one hand, this was billed as a comedy, and I didn’t really think that it was that funny. Aubrey Plaza’s shtick didn’t land for me in the opening scene, and it didn’t get any better for me as the film went along. On the other, having never seen Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Decameron (1971) and not being at all familiar with the original texts, I did find the premise of the story itself to be quite interesting, and I felt as though the film certainly had something to say about conservativeness and repression, even if it’s not exactly clear what those things are. I also appreciated the contributions from the always great Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen and Nick Offerman. It’s also a film that isn’t quite like anything I’ve ever seen before, so it earns points for that, as well.
So, even though The Little Hours is a “comedy” that rarely made me laugh, I didn’t exactly hate it, or even dislike it, honestly. It’s also sent me down a bit of a Boccaccio/Pasolini rabbit hole, so I have to give it credit for being directly responsible for me learning something.
Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
Director: Jeff Baena
Starring: Allison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly
Year: 2013 | Rating:
Holy sweet mother of God, I don’t know how many more of these awful, awful gay movies I can take. “Gay Mean Girls (2004)” sounds like a full-proof idea, but G.B.F. is proof-positive that it is not. This is Pride Month, goddamnit, and I need some quality gay content soon or I’m going to lose my fucking mind.
This movie has 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, y’all. Maybe the first step to getting better gay movies is to raise our standards a little. Not only is this film steeped in offensive stereotypes, but it also features some of the worst dialogue I’ve ever heard in my life. Like, from a technical standpoint, this isn’t even a good movie.
Maybe G.B.F. was a better-than-average gay movie in 2013, but this is 2022, so we shouldn’t have to praise sub-par movies to feel like we have movies worth praising. We can call a spade a spade and demand more from our queer representation. Because we deserve more than this pseudo-deep, cliché, stereotypical nonsense.
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.
Director: Darren Stein
Starring: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore
Year: 2009 | Rating:
We put Push on at like 1:30am and by the second half, I was dozing in and out of sleep, so all of the very convoluted details are pretty fuzzy to me. But here’s some things that I know for sure:
- Even from the parts that I was fully awake for, I have absolutely no clue what this movie is about. The powers are poorly-defined, the plot is far too convoluted to be this poorly executed, and it really gets bogged down in the details.
- This entire movie is shot and edited like an early-90s grunge music video. It’s very unsettling.
- Dakota Fanning is absolutely terrible in this movie. I feel like this is more because she is horribly mis-cast here than it actually being a bad performance.
- This movie feels like it was made in 1999, not 2009. The Wachowskis should sue over how much director Paul McGuigan try to make this look and feel like The Matrix (1999).
So yeah, this is not a good movie.
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1 hr. 51 min.
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff