TCL movie guy, Paul McGuire Grimes chats with the director of Netflix’s new movie, The Devil All the Time, to see what it’s like to make a movie in today’s new normal. Plus, he gives us his ratings on this and two other picks.
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME (Netflix, in theaters)
One of the best aspects of having a new movie streaming on Netflix is the ability to rewatch a headscratcher and dissect it whenever you want. You may feel a need to do that with The Devil All the Time. This is a multi-generational ensemble film featuring Tom Holland at its center as Arvin Russell who grew up an orphan after the tragic deaths of his parents. His dad (Bill Skarsgaard) was a WWII vet whose PTSD and reformed religious beliefs lead to Arvin’s complicated upbringing.
-This type of story and the layers within it should be right up my alley but its disturbing nature without any levity or sense of redemption takes its toll.
RATING: 2.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
BLACKBIRD (Video OnDemand)
Susan Sarandon gives another moving performance with the emotional film Blackbird. Her character, Lily, has been living with ALS. Knowing its terminal diagnosis, she has decided to carry out her final days with dignity on her own terms instead of letting the disease take control of the rest of her life. Her family arrives at their countryside estate for one final family gathering, but Lily’s decision doesn’t sit well with her daughters, Jennifer and Anna. Their sibling rivalry comes to head ignoring the wishes of their mother’s final hours.
-One of the more positive outlooks the film takes on is that once you accept death, you can then focus on the present to live life to the fullest.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
THE MANDALORIAN Season 2 Trailer
We hear Mando question his task, “You expect me to deliver him to a race of enemy sorcerers.” He’s referring to the Jedi as now Mando must deliver the Baby Yoda into unknown galaxies and find the Jedi.
The Mandalorian Season 1 left a huge impact on pop culture and entertainment as audiences couldn’t get enough of Baby Yoda, aka the Child. Season 2 wrapped up filming right before the pandemic halted Hollywood, so luckily its release date wasn’t pushed back like so many other movies and TV projects.
Season 2 looks bigger and bolder than the first while retaining that Baby Yoda cuteness and humor. Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant, and Katee Sackhoff have joined the cast as Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Gina Carano are all returning.
Coming to Disney+ October 30 and will consist of eight episodes.