Friday, December 2, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 40
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
AMSTERDAM
ANOTHER ROUND
BARBARIAN
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY (2022)
BINGEABLE: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (2022)
BINGEABLE: ALASKA DAILY (2022-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: ANDOR (2022-present)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: HACKS (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: INSIDE MAN (2022)
BINGEABLE: JOE PICKETT (2021)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LAST LIGHT (2022)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (SEASON 2) (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: SLOW HORSES (2022)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE BABY (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE BEAR (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE ENGLISH (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE WATCHER (2022)
BINGEABLE: WELCOME TO WREXHAM (2022-present)
BINGEABLE: YELLOWJACKETS (2021-present)
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
ENOLA HOLMES 2
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
NEW FLICKS: ANTLERS
NEW FLICKS: BULLET TRAIN
NEW FLICKS: CAUSEWAY
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: DAY SHIFT
NEW FLICKS: FINCH
NEW FLICKS: FRESH
NEW FLICKS: GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM (2022)
NEW FLICKS: HALLOWEEN ENDS
NEW FLICKS: HUSTLE
NEW FLICKS: I WANT YOU BACK
NEW FLICKS: KATE
NEW FLICKS: MONTANA STORY
NEW FLICKS: MURDER AT YELLOWSTONE CITY
NEW FLICKS: PREY
NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: SIGNIFICANT OTHER
NEW FLICKS: THE GOOD NURSE
NEW FLICKS: THE GRAY MAN
NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
NEW FLICKS: THE OUTFIT
NEW FLICKS: THIRTEEN LIVES
NEW FLICKS: WATERMAN (2021)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (2021)
PIG
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE MENU
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
THE WOMAN KING
THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING
TILL
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-present)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: CLEAN (2021)

‘Barbarian’ is wildly inventive and #MeToo-timely

BARBARIAN

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BARBARIAN


Where is it playing?: Regal Edwards RPX Santa Maria, Movies Lompoc, Regal Edwards Arroyo Grande

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Writer-director Zach Cregger (The Civil War on Drugs) helms this horror-thriller about Tess (Georgina Campbell), a woman who arrives at her rented Airbnb to discover it’s been double booked and occupied by Keith (Bill Skarsgård), who invites her in while they sort it out. Big mistake, lady! (102 min.)  

Glen: This wildly inventive and multi-textured film is probably best enjoyed going in completely uninformed—the less you know, the more surprising these twists and reveals will be, but here you are reading a review, so without giving too much away, what we have here is a film about societal unfairness between genders. Keith (a perfectly cast Skarsgård who played Pennywise in It) knows how risky it is for Tess to accept his offer to come inside while they sort out the double-booking snafu. He offers to sleep on the couch while she takes the locked bedroom; he waits to open a bottle of wine in front of her to prove it’s safe to drink. She too knows the risks, admitting that if she arrived first, there’s no way she would have extended him the same courtesy to come inside. It’s a clever set-up for what’s to come—a film about societal decay, rape culture, male dominance, and most resoundingly, bravery. I’m unfortunately making Barbarian sound didactic and preachy, when in fact it’s a thrill ride. If you like Jordan Peele’s brand of social satire horror, this will be right up your dark, sinister alley.

Anna: I was reminded today of the social media explosion around the question, “Women, what would you do if there were no men on earth for 24 hours?” The overwhelming responses were simple day-to-day activities like “go for a walk in the city in peace,” or, “Wear whatever I want and feel safe doing so,” or the heartbreaking simple response of, “Feel safe, I guess.” We have not built a world in which women feel safe, and even a seemingly nice guy needs to be approached with suspicion. But as they say, “The devil you know is better than the devil that you don’t know,” and for Tess, driving unfamiliar streets or sitting in her car in a completely dark neighborhood are not viable options. She has to hope and pray that Keith isn’t sinister. What becomes clear the next day when Tess leaves for a job interview is just how completely rundown and abandoned this Detroit neighborhood is. Burned-out houses and abandoned vehicles are everywhere, and the only house that seems to have anyone around is the rental they are in. It’s a spooky atmosphere—everything feels unsafe. It’s all a great backdrop for the madness about to come. This film isn’t all jump scares and dark hallways, though there’s some of that. Interestingly, it weaves several stories together wonderfully.

Glen: Yes, it does! I hope it’s not a spoiler to bring up AJ (a perfectly cast Justin Long), who in a big tonal shift we meet zooming down sunny Pacific Coast Highway in a red convertible. He’s giddily singing Donovan’s “Riki Tiki Tavi”—just a cocky Hollywood actor who’s about to have his TV pilot picked up when he learns a co-star has accused him of something horrible. Turns out the Detroit Airbnb is one of his investments, and as his TV pilot dreams fade and legal troubles loom, he heads back to figure out how to liquify his asset for the fight ahead and maybe even face his demons. Did he do something wrong? He’s too obtuse to know. “Riki Tiki Tavi mongoose is gone, won’t be coming around for to kill your snakes no more, my love”—AJ isn’t going to slide out of his troubles this time. What awaits him in Detroit is a richly deserved lesson. Gotta say, this one just kept coming at me in unexpected ways. I loved it.

Anna: There’s also a time jump to the early ’80s that shows the neighborhood when the lawns were green and the homes were loved and lived in. The separate storylines create a much bigger picture, one more horrific and terrifying than a lot of horror films manage. The monsters live among us; they buy gas and chat with store clerks and mow their laws. Abuse, neglect, and a wildly unbalanced power structure are scarier than any shadowy figure.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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