Movie Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Can people just stop being cockwaffles? Not saying that you reading this specifically are one, but this movie did remind me that true cockwaffles exist, and I don’t like that.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”.

When she is caught getting intimate with another girl, high school student Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets sent to a gay conversion therapy center to “get fixed”. So then we follow her as she tries to get through each day while also befriending some of the other youths who live at the center. And I kinda loved the plot here. It’s a nuanced and well written story of someone coming to terms with who she is while others try to change her because she’s different. But what really surprised me about the plot here is just how restrained it ends up being. It doesn’t show the center as this hellhole like some other pieces of media might. It’s shown in a way that takes a stance, while not portraying any of the people working there as absolute monsters. It kinda makes it feels a bit more realistic and nuanced in a way. And it really helped in making this quite an engaging plot.

The characters in this are layered, flawed, interesting, and fairly realistic. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Cameron, the titular girl who gets sent to this center. And what I like about her performance is that she is kind of conflicted in the movie. She does believe that she did nothing wrong, but the councilors at the center also do kind of get a bit to her, making her question herself a bit, and it makes for some interesting character development. And Moretz is great in the role. Next we have Sasha Lane as Jane, another girl at the center that Cameron starts to befriend. She’s more of the rebellious type who bides her time at the center, but secretly smokes pot and is very much against the center. And she’s quite an interesting part of the cast for some of that. And Lane is great in the role. Next we have John Gallagher Jr. as Rick, one of the councilors at the center trying to convert these kids. And like I said in the plot section, he’s not exactly portrayed as evil, per se. Yes, the whole gay conversion thing is fucking dumb, but he’s portrayed more as this kind-hearted and charming guy who just wants what’s best for these kids, and he’s just an interesting contrast to the many “BEING GAY IS NOT GOOD!” characters we’ve seen over the years. And Gallagher is great in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Dalton Harrod, Emily Skeggs, Quinn Shepherd, Forrest Goodluck, Marin Ireland, and many more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Julian Wass, and I thought it was pretty great. It uses a fair bit of synth, but does also dip in with the occasional stringed instrument. It has a way of sounding dreamlike while also kind of real and grounded. I don’t know how to fully explain it really, it just works incredibly well for the movie. There are also a few licensed tracks used throughout the movie, and they work well in their respective scenes.

Based on a novel by Emily M. Danforth, the movie was writen by Desiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele. And it was also directed by Akhavan, who I think did a great job with it. From a visual standpoint the movie is fairly standard, but the control that Akhavan has over each scene, guiding us through every moment with a very confident yet delicate hand.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 86% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 69/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” deals with a lot of sensitive themes, and handles them beautifully. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, really good music, and really good directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is a 9,71/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is now completed.

Just to remind y’all… don’t be a homophobic cockwaffle.

We now have a trailer for “The Belko Experiment”

Hello, ladies and gents! It’s been a while since we’ve talked about a new trailer… so it’s fun to once again get to do it!

So we have now gotten our first real trailer for “The Belko Experiment”, an upcoming thriller written by James Gunn. For those who kind of recognize the name but can’t figure out why, he’s the dude that directed the awesomely amazing “Guardians of the Galaxy”. *All readers unanimously went “OOOOOHHHH!”*. So what we seem to have here is a lot of people in an office building who all get pulled into some weird “social experiment” (it’s just a prank, bro!) where they have to murder each other if they themselves don’t want to die. And we get to see actors like John Gallagher Jr, John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, and Sean Gunn in the middle of all this chaos. And it looks like it can be an interesting movie even if the trailer editing can be a bit generic at times. But yeah, I am excited for this, it will most likely be an entertaining and very gory thriller. Plus, with so many good actors in the movie… one becomes curious. “The Belko Experiment” is set to be released in March of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you guys looking forward to “The Belko Experiment”? And what’s your favorite confined thriller? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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If you follow me on twitter (@TheMarckoguy #ShamelessPlug) you would know that I made a poll a few weeks ago. And in that poll I asked people to vote for what movie they would prefer to see a review for out of four different choices… and this movie won! So let’s review this thing!

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to… “10 Cloverfield Lane”.

After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker. Apparently she was brought there by Howard (John Goodman) right before some big attack happened. And according to Howard no one can leave the bunker because of the outside world being a hell on earth after said attack. So now Michelle is trying to figure out what the hell actually happened while also being stuck in this bunker with Howard and another man named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr). So from that we get a very tense and suspenseful plot with several twists and turns throughout… and I absolutely loved it. The amount of suspense generated throughout the movie is astounding. But it’s not just tense thrills, there is also a good amount of compelling drama being generated. I was invested into the plot throughout the entirety of the runtime and I thought it was great. Sure the ending was a bit weird in comparison to everything that preceded it, but I didn’t mind it too much.

The characters in this movie are very compelling and very interesting. Usually the girl in a horror-thriller tends to be really inept and useless… but not Michelle! She was clever, she was resourceful, and she felt like a real person. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead was absolutely terrific in the role. John Gallagher Jr was great in his role, playing Emmett as a sort of comic relief without actually making the humor feel out of place. John Goodman… holy fucking shit, you guys. I’m not just saying this as a lifelong fan of this man, I’m saying it because he was legitimately terrific in this movie. Yeah, it’s easy to say “Wow, John Goodman was so good in that!”, but this is a movie where he truly impressed me. His character was so unsettling, jumping back and forth between reasonable man and borderline psycho on a whim. Yeah, I loved him in the movie. Shit, I would say that I love everybody in this movie, they’re all great in their roles.

The score for this movie was composed by Bear McCreary and it was pretty fucking great. The way that the score was able to add to the drama and the tension was really impressive and I thought that it was just really great. There were a few licensed songs on the soundtrack too that I thought worked for the scenes they were in.

This movie was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and raise your hand if you knew about him prior to this movie. Yeah, I can tell that no hands were up right there. But I don’t blame you, because this was his frist feature film. And what a way to start out your career withinthe world of feature films. The movie is tightly directed, perfectly using the isolated location to build tension. It’s a very good looking movie too, being visually appealing without needing huge landscape shots or fancy “Birdman”-ish camera tricks. It’s perfectly fine with it’s tight shots and tense situations.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is one of those movies that just came out of fucking nowhere, surprised both audiences and critics with it’s quality and mere existence. It has a terrific plot (ending a little weird though), great characters, terrific acting, great music, and terrific direction. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “10 Cloverfield Lane” is now completed.

Take me down to 10 Cloverfield Lane, Where the Winstead’s hot and the Goodman’s crazy. TAKE. ME. HOME.