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Breaking News in Yuba County

2021 / 96m - USA
Comedy, Crime
Breaking News in Yuba County poster

A good, old-fashioned dark comedy. Take a cast full of goofs and fuck-ups, add an accidental crime, and let things spiral out of control as people keep digging deeper graves for themselves. It's a common setup, Taylor does well with it, but he lacks that little nasty edge that makes a film like this truly worthwhile.

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Sue Buttons is a ghost. Nobody notices her, people forget about her all the time, and her husband is cheating on her. When she catches him in the act, he dies from the shock. Sue buries him and decides to make the most of it, so she calls the local news station and offers them her story.

The cast is solid, and the plot keeps getting more and more complex by the minute, but the somewhat chirpy and subdued vibe keeps it from going all in. It's just a bit too soft and nice, apart from just a handful of moments near the end. There are a couple of laughs here, I just wish Taylor had committed just a bit more to the dark side of his film. Not bad, but could've been so much better.

Worthy but flawed


2019 / 99m - USA
Thriller, Horror
Ma poster

A simple and basic thriller/horror film that has no stand-out features. Octavia Spencer does a decent job, apart from that it's a cut-and-paste job from a bunch of better and more high-profile films. Ma is a typical Blumhouse production, only investing in the bare necessities to make as much money as possible.

The Girl on the Train

2016 / 112m - USA
Thriller, Drama
The Girl on the Train poster

A rather plain thriller. It starts out well enough, but Taylor is too quick to reveal all the important plot points and the puzzle itself really isn't all that interesting, not to say predictable. The actors do a decent job and the film looks nice enough, but the second part of the film is just too by the numbers.

Get on Up

2014 / 139m - USA
Drama, Music
Get on Up poster

Plain forgettable

The Help

2011 / 146m - USA
The Help poster