November 2022 Movie Reviews – Folio 2.0 / EU Jacksonville


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Halloween ends

David Gordon Green directs the final chapter of his Halloween trilogy that promises to be the final showdown between the masked killer, Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis’ original last daughter, Laurie Strode. Halloween ends takes place four years after the events of the previous two films, 2018 Halloween and last year’s halloween kills, with the constantly terrorized town of Haddonfield grappling with the community trauma Michael inflicted on them. This trauma manifests in the townspeople searching for a new bogeyman as Michael has disappeared into the shadows since his last batch of murders. This anger falls on Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), a young man who was at the center of another tragedy that occurred in the area. As Corey is cast out of the community, he stumbles down a dark path and ends up taking the coat and mask that Michael left behind.

Green’s trilogy has been divisive and has had its ups and downs along the way. The first entry managed to streamline the narrative to connect it directly to John Carpenter’s original slasher classic, stripping away all the continuity of the other sequels in the 40-year-old series. Green’s first entry was well-received and widely regarded as one of the best films in the franchise as a whole, reinvigorating the character of Michael Myers and making him chilling for a modern generation of moviegoers. However, his follow-up halloween kills, was a dud that seemed to only exist as a way to set the stage for the final chapter, which Halloween ends largely ignores in favor of a more standalone character-driven story – about a character who is introduced in this trilogy capper. Green’s tone for his movies was decidedly more serious than some of the schlocky outings of later sequels in the series, which was a plus for his initial reboot. But with this film’s ridiculous plot, a lighter touch may have helped, as the serious nature of the final product makes this watch stark and dull.

As a solo entry in the Halloween series, it’s an interesting approach to the procedure. Seeing Michael’s evil transfer to another person is a fresh take on a concept that can easily become stale. As the end of an ongoing story and the final meeting between Michael and Laurie as announced, it’s a failure. It’s an odd decision to make Corey the main focus of the film, and it may have been a gamble that paid off, but unfortunately newcomer Rohan Campbell just isn’t up to the task. challenge as a performer to make this character engaging or his arc believable. This problem is compounded when you consider that this film was supposed to be Jamie Lee Curtis’ swansong as Laurie Strode, who is relegated to a supporting actor for most of the film. The side-study of an actor of the caliber of Curtis, who has been a beacon of charisma for decades, for a more unproven lead performer, is to the detriment of the film, and falls far short of what much of the audience hopes for. see. Halloween ends wraps up Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ story, but somehow tricks both characters, failing to give either a worthy send off.

Clerk III

Podcaster and sometimes filmmaker Kevin Smith returns to the New Jersey convenience store that launched his career and made him an indie sensation with the latest mishap from perennial cashiers Dante and Randall. When it was released in 1994, the low-budget black-and-white comedy Clerks quietly became one of the most influential films of its time, inspiring a generation of wide-eyed aspiring directors to pick up a camera and share their stories. The film’s dialogues also preceded the obsession with the smallest details in star wars and the comic books that have come to dominate modern cinematic discourse. And, of course, it marked the first appearance of Jay and Silent Bob, the most iconic stoner duo since Cheech and Chong. more than a decade after that, Smith made Clerk II, which remains on the incredibly short list of comedic sequels that tops the original, not only bringing color to Leonardo, New Jersey, but expanding the characters into multi-dimensional figures that showed how far Smith had come as a writer. And now, another decade or so since the last entry into the Clerks saga, Smith completes his trilogy by returning to his beginnings.

Clerk III picks up with a depressed Dante and a static Randall, still working at the Quick Stop convenience store in his mid-forties. After Randall survives a near-fatal heart attack, has an epiphany he won’t be remembered for, and has wasted his life watching movies, he then makes the invigorating decision to make his own movie. With the help of Dante, Jay and Silent Bob, who have now bought the nearby video store, turned it into a dispensary and serve their customers via sketchy handshakes in the parking lot like it’s still the 90s. Randall makes a film about his life working at the convenience store. From there, the rag tag film crew would create a movie that looks remarkably like the original. Clerks.

Smith was clearly inspired by his own life, having survived a heart attack himself, he became inspired to tell this story of Randall coming back to life after a near-death experience. Like the other two Clerks movies, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that show Smith’s flourishing for colorful, and often hilarious, swear-filled dialogue. And while Clerk II was able to balance its comedy with more serious and touching moments, this film is much more melancholy and downright depressing for anyone who is a longtime fan of the series. Seeing these characters, especially Dante, go through so much trauma was a tough sight at times, and it’s not what anyone would want for them. Given the highly autobiographical nature of the film, it’s surprising that Smith ends this trilogy on such a tragic note.


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