The Phantom of the Open Review

Golf is one of those sports where it is one where honing the skill and craft goes a long way. Many professionals start the first day at a young age. For Maurice Flitcroft, he began his golfing days in his 40s. The Phantom of the Open is fun, faithful, and honest. Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, and Rhys Ifans are all dazzling in this heartfelt comedy based on the true story of Maurice Flitcroft. As an individual who loved taking golf lessons as a child, and who enjoys hitting at the driving range, I found much joy in this film. Many elements of The Phantom of the Open touched my heart. That is because the film is faithful towards making its point that it is never too late to learn golf. Only thing though, not many would just jump into a big golf tournament with little to no experience. Flitcroft does though.

With The Phantom of the Open gearing on Rylance as Maurice, Rylance is the absolute and definite roll for Maurice. Rylance always displays that patient, family-man, and dad vibe. He is an individual that tries to put all negativity aside, and just go with the flow. Not only go with the flow, but also encourage the environments around him to go his pace. With Sally Hawkins playing the role of Jean Flitcroft (Maurice’s wife) she goes with that patient vibe as well. I love how the duo between both Rylance and Hawkins plays into a positive and fun comedy that is fun for many ages. The one who throws in the agitations with the plot of the film is Keith Mackenzie, and he is played by Rhys Ifans. That is because his role is the one that tries to put a halt to Maurice’s crazy dreams. But with the vibe from Rylance’s performance, his crazy dreams make The Phantom of the Open to be a hole-in-one experience.

In the film, Maurice is someone who randomly has a dream to enter the British Open Golf Championship in 1976. With no experience at all, Maurice finds a way in. In the beginning though his skills lack and continue to not improve. However, Maurice begins to gain his craft slowly but truly. The message from Maurice’s goals is to never give up with a skill one is passionate about. I found that Rylance can deliver one of those roles where he can keep being a role model to many. Especially with a film gearing on the competitive sport of golf, he makes it obvious that many can build a craft or hone the skill, and eventually become a pro at any age.

As the film progresses with trial and error, new opportunities arise for Maurice. He begins to receive more recognition, some politics come into play, but despite all the stressors, Maurice continues to keep up his momentum on the golf course. The Phantom of the Open is a film where the positive vibes continue to thrive. Three and a half stars for The Phantom of the Open.

Nope Review

The newest offering from director Jordan Peele, Nope, is a clever film where UFOs and horror are combined in exhilarating and sometimes humorous ways. Peele wrote and directed Nope, and it is easily one of my favorite films from him.

Nope is set on a horse ranch in a desert area of California. The ranch is owned by brothers Oj and Emerald Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, who inherited the ranch after their father was killed by an object falling from the sky. The brothers do freelance cinema work with their horses and in that pursuit they work with Ricky ‘Jupe’ Stark, played by Steven Yeun. When the brothers discover strange UFOs flying around the desert and the ranch they team up with tech salesman Angel Torres, played by Brandon Perea, and documentarian Antlers Holst, played by Michael Wincott, to try to get footage of the UFOs.

The title of the film is also a term that Oj uses when he’s scared, and it’s what many audience members will find themselves saying to the screen during the really scary parts of this horror flick. The combination of a stark desert setting, weird events, many strange backstories, and quirky characters really helps exhibit Peele’s wit and genius for disaster and terror. Nobody plays with tangents better than Peele, and his creativity for horror is stepped up many notches in this mellow but sleek thriller.

Nope was shot with IMAX cameras and that really adds extra layers of adrenaline and heightens the shock value. Peele is truly one who knows how to direct a thriller that is unpredictable, blindsiding, and a technological and unexpected ride to the unknown. Nope soars with color, terror, and a whole lot that is unexpected and spellbinding.

Nope is truly a masterpiece of creative directing. Peele’s work is growing to be more enticing all the time. I had my mind totally warped by Nope. It is a fun summer film that is filled with adrenaline and misdirection. Four stars for Nope.

Resurrection Review

From director Andrew Semans comes an invigorating and intense thriller that will have its audience sink in their seats with suspense. That film is Resurrection. Starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, this suspenseful flick challenged me psychologically. The performance of Hall is where I kept being curious to how much darker her attitude can get. Resurrection is a film that challenges one’s behavior and attitude, and how the past can have dark and irreparable consequences.

Hall is Margaret. She is a successful with an outstanding career. She is also a single mom to her daughter Abbie (played by Grace Kaufman). She is always on top of her game with her career and making sure she is a good mom to Abbie. She has her daily routines to benefit her mental health and stability. All of that comes to halt when David (Roth) comes back into her life. This all makes a fuse go off in Margaret’s head and her mindset to be overprotective (of herself and Abbie) and mentally overwhelming. It becomes increasingly concerning. No one plays the part of overprotective mother better than Hall in this spellbinding work of art.

The stress of Hall’s character will grow awareness of the audience. That is because in every corner she is sensitive, and in every scenario with David she is intense. An element from the past that is unexplained is Why David returns. With Roth as David, and the individual trying to remain neutral. Both the performances of Hall and Roth drive personality clashes to have disturbing outcomes which are invigorating in Resurrection. With Semans also being the writer, he knows how to write a script where tension is on par with the correlation of frustration between Margaret and David throughout the film.

With Hall instilling the overwhelming paranoia throughout Resurrection, the film will grasp viewers attention as her paranoia begins to impact others in the film. It impacts Abbie, it impacts her colleagues, and it also impacts David’s attitude. With David already displaying stalkerish behavior, he still finds a way to maintain his attitude where it does not get him in trouble. He does this so Margaret’s resources from the police can be of little to no help. The paranoia of Hall’s performance only keeps worsening as her resources also choose not to help her.

Resurrection is one of those films that is a visually enticing. It is also original with many engrossing elements. Hall and Roth’s performance is superb. Their protagonist vs. antagonist relationship is Resurrection’s central point of creating Resurrection to be a knockout cinematic experience. There may be light for Margaret, but it may require much more than she anticipates finding the light. Three and a half stars.

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