Monthly Archives: May 2016

#TheTrust – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Originality seems scarce in Hollywood right now but every once in a while, a movie comes along that makes you remember why you loved movies in the first place. This is one of those movies.

The Trust posterSergeant David Waters (Wood) and Lieutenant Jim Stone (Cage) are both bored and desillusioned with their jobs at the Evidence Management unit for the Las Vegas police department, so when the opportunity of a lifetime reveals itself, they decide to break bad. Not the most original of plots, but the way the film is shot accompanied with a fantastic scoring makes it work in ways I wouldn’t think possible before. It had a sense of Ocean’s 11 style heist movie in Juno type indie film pace. It sounds awkward and weird, I know, but it absolutely works. The cinematography is gorgeous and the overall tone of the film is just pleasant.

Both Wood and Cage makes fine work with their characters, but the one thing that really made this film pop was Cage. Over the years, we have all witnessed the dwindling of his performances and the Oscar winner hasn’t really shown us lately that he actually is an actor of said award caliber, but trust me when I say.. Nicolas Cage brings his A-game in this one. He has with him his entire bag of tricks and it was a real pleasure seeing the Nicolas Cage of old back at it again. Add to that a beautiful chemistry between the two and you leave this movie experience with a smile of satisfaction on your face.

The film was written by Benjamin Brewer and Adam Hirsch, and directed by Benjamin and Alex Brewer and it breathes a new sense of life in the heist movie-genre, and even if it’s not completely original, it has quite a few elements to it that I personally am not used to, and even if the ending was at times easy to foresee, it still came off as a surprise. All in all, The Trust is a really good movie, and I would very likely recommend it to friends and enemies alike. Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval ‘ received, with honors.

Well, that’s it for now, but I’ll be back again soon with more goodies for you to read, but until then…





Hank Tango presents..

As some of you already know, I’m planning a special event for this summer. Starting first week of June, with two or three installments a month, I’m going to review some of the movies that made the summer of 1993 special for me. Why 1993? Well, that’s a pretty easy question to answer. I was born in the spring of 1983, so by the time summer of -93 rolled in, I was 10 years old and that’s when I really started to appreciate movies as more than just the spectacle that they are.
Hank Tango presents
Some of these movies may not have held up as great over time, some of them may be absolute crap, and some of them may even be better now, as I’m older and have a completely different way of viewing the world.

These movies I will review are solely based on what I watched that summer, and I know that we got a lot of great films that year, like Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire or Tombstone, but they were all released after the summer has come and gone so they’re not eligible. We also had great movies like Philadelphia and Falling Down, but those weren’t movies I found interesting at all at that time. Let’s just say that they were too mature for me at that age, so I didn’t see them until years later. Do you see a pattern here? You understand my way of seeing these movies eligibility? Great.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop this little text here for you, like a more official thing than just a tweet, but hey… What’ya say we go watch a movie? Okay, will do!


#Krampus – A Tango’s Thoughts review

So I finally got around to watch that Xmas-film from last year, you know, the one about Santa’s evil twin brother Krampus. Yeah, that one, Krampus. And boy oh boy, was it a ride of a lifetime. Was it a good ride? Not so much….

Krampus Banner

The movie Krampus is about just that, Krampus. Those of you who’ve never heard of Krampus, look him up, he’s a legend living right next door to Santa. Anyway, Max is having a horrible time this Christmas and instead of sending his annual letter to Santa, he silently wishes that his family goes away. And what’ya know, his wish comes true as Krampus and his minions starts terrorizing the neighborhood. Sounds just corny enough that you could make a traditional holiday-themed story à la Home Alone, or interesting enough to make a decent horror-themed holiday film à la Gremlins, but Krampus fails at both attempts. Krampus has with him a legion of minions to do his dirty work, with everything from Ginger bread men to dark and distorted elfs to a homicidal Jack-in-the-box that bares a striking resemblance to It’s Pennywise, which in turn leads to movie to be all over the place. Sometimes you want to laugh but something “scary” happens, or the movie tries to scare you but it’s impossible to be scared by a ginger bread man, and so on, which gives the movie a sense of ‘I don’t know what the hell I wanna be’ and every attempt it makes at placing itself in a category falls short. Is it a scary movie or a family film? Honestly, it’s a failed attempt at both accounts.
Krampus and Max
As for the cast, they are all stereotypes you’ve seen a thousand times before. You have the workaholic father (Adam Scott), the uptight mother (Toni Collette), the angsty teen (Stefania LaVie Owen) and the gun toting “true blood American” that everyone in the world loves (David Koechner) and a whole bunch more. They all did a fine job with their characters, but none of them needed to go the extra mile because the characters themselves are stale and boring and even if the movie tries to establish a connection to them, we the audience missed the off-ramp and when they die, we don’t care.

The visuals, however, seemed great. From a howling blizzard to the CG cookie men to the Jack-in-the-box, nothing really looked bad…. right up until you get your first close-up view of Krampus himself. A solid mask of a withered man with a wide open mouth in a dark redish hood with horns is not what I would call scary. From a far, sure, but up close? Nope, not even a little bit.

No, this is not something I’d watch again anytime soon. Michael Dougherty impressed me as a director with 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat but this one falls short on almost every account, so there will be no stamp of approval this day, so I’m just gonna go ahead and call this one a flop.

Next up is….. I don’t know, I have to check what’s showing this weekend, but stay tuned for more goody reading soon enough.