By Original-Cin Staff
Hey, fellow ponderers! Did it ever strike you that if The Beatles had never existed, the Korean boy band BTS would probably use different initials?
One thing’s for sure: rom-com specialist Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually) and director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) would not be making a speculative rom-com about a rip in the space-time continuum that causes everyone in the world, except for one struggling singer/songwriter (Himesh Patel) to forget the existence of Lennon-McCartney-Harrison songbook. Yesterday (Rating: B-) has a romantic interest (Lily James), and comedy (Kate McKinnon as a record company shark plus Ed Sheeran as himself) in a movie package that our reviewer Thom Ernst calls “improbable, imperfect and delightful.”
Otherwise, things at the movies are horrifying this week and not in a good-evil way. Annabelle Comes Home (Rating: C) the 666th umpteenth film in the Conjuring movie universe, featuring a malevolent pop-eyed Victorian doll who gets out of her display case in a paranormal museum and unleashes an assembly line of terrors on some adolescent girls, in what Liam Lacey calls a “just-competent-enough” feature.
Not even that much can be said for the Canadian-made Isabelle (Rating: D) starring Adam Brody and Amanda Crew as expectant new home owners terrorized by a demonically possessed young woman in a wheelchair. In 2019, seriously?
Finally, in this week’s extremely essential Original-Cin podcast, we preview Spider-man: Far From Home and Midsommar, the new Swedish-set horror film from Hereditary director Ari Astor (both opening July 2), as well as discussing the here-there-and-everywhere cultural legacy of The Fab Four.
Have a great long weekend.