“A Quiet Place” is a story about a family living in silence to protect themselves from monsters that hunt by sound. The movie stars and is directed by John Krasinski. That’s right, Jim from “The Office” directed and starred in a horror movie. Let that sink in for a second…
There is a multi-layered sense of cleverness in this movie. How do you make a thriller in 2018 where 98% of your movie is silent? With Krasinski’s direction along with the super clever screenplay by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and, oh yeah, John Krasinski (according to IMDB,) that’s how.
The movie starts right in the silence, and ambiguously stated simply as “Day 89.” There is no real explanation or back-story about how or why the monsters arrived there, why they won’t leave, and what (if anything) anyone has done to try to get rid of them. You’re just thrown right into the thick of survival with this family.
Part of the reason why this family has been able to adapt to a life of silence better than the other few survivors we see is because one of the children is completely deaf and communicates in ASL. It’s clearly established early on through visual storytelling and ASL communicated within the family that sound has deadly consequences.
The characters in “A Quiet Place” were predominantly simple to follow in their motivations and easy to root and worry for. There isn’t much character development in this movie and there isn’t any particular actor that “steals” any scene, but what makes up for it is the marvel you feel as seeing how this family has been able to live and survive the way that they do despite the tragedies that befall them. They paint squeaky floorboards in different colors so they know which ones to avoid and use different colored patio lights strung around their yard to communicate safety or danger.
There’s also something to be said about experiencing this movie in a crowded theater. Because it is a silent film, and because of the white-knuckle grip it has on you the whole time, you want to stay silent also. You feel as an audience member that if you make a sound, you jeopardize that family’s safety. And that was an amazing thing to realize and experience in real time.
I want to go back and see “A Quiet Place” again because I know that there are story details that I missed and I would like once again to awe at the fact that Jim from “The Office” made an amazing and thrilling movie. But it’s more than that. “A Quiet Place” is the best thriller I’ve seen since “The Sixth Sense.”
This feels like an end of an era… or certainly a long time coming. If you’ve read pretty much anything I’ve written-especially in the last three years-you’d know that I’ve dedicated a tremendous amount of time writing about “Ready Player One” the book and how I’ve been anticipating, speculating, and rumor-trafficking how the movie would be adapted from the 2011 novel. Now that I have had a proper amount of time to digest the 2 hour and 20 minute adaptation, I have a few choice words for it. This review will be more of a comparative analysis of book-to-movie and chock-full of spoilers and maybe an Easter Egg or two. Hey… it is Easter Sunday after all. (more…)
Over the holiday break while visiting family, I decided to get my second tattoo. I had come up with concept a little over a year before (shortly after my first tattoo) and my fiancé drew the original sketch. It is a quill design that breaks apart at the tip of the feather and transitions into a raven flying away. Below the tip of the quill are two ink blots. This is obviously symbolic of my passion for classic stories, writing, storytelling, and my enthusiasm for Edgar Allan Poe. As of the date of this post, I don’t plan on getting anymore tattoos. But my friends warned me that getting tattooed can become addicting…
My amazing tattoo was done by Uruguayan tattoo artist known as Jhonny Tantan at Dharma Tattoo in Miami Springs.
Here is the list of 2018 Oscar nominations and my predictions. I have seen some of the films nominated, but not all. My choices of the movies I’ve seen will be in yellow text. If I haven’t seen the movie, my educated guesses will be in navy blue. (As of the day of this post.) (more…)
According to several reports, Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to play The Joker in a DC standalone film with Todd Phillips attached to produce and direct. This comes as quite a surprise since I had been hearing that Martin Scorsese was supposedly attached with Leonardo DiCaprio in negotiation to play the lead.
This is all still in the very early stages and WB has not commented. But if we follow my UHMC philosophy, I think Phoenix is a fine choice for the clown prince. My larger concern is Todd Phillips as director. Time will certainly tell in the coming months the rest of the cast and crew. I estimate that the film would release in 2020.
I’ll keep you posted.
The name Walt Disney is a name that is recognized unequivocally throughout the world. Since the 1928 release of “Steamboat Willie,” which introduced us to Mickey Mouse, both man and mouse have become synonymous with each other.
Even before Pixar, Disney was already pumping out animated masterpieces for nearly eighty years. Two of the staples that makes Disney films timeless are their incredible stories (often adapted from a previous original work) and its timeless music. I considered both according to my personal preferences when making this list. Here are my top 10 favorite animated (non CGI) Disney films. As always, I make no apologies. (more…)