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The Northman and The Bad Guys – New Movies Breaking Taboos

Mark my words there will be a subset of the human race who declare The Northman as the greatest movie ever made. Depending on the day and my mood I might join in on that absurd claim. If you loved Game of Thrones but thought that TV shows depiction of violence was too subtle The Northman is your movie. If you have waited impatiently for a movie whose every frame could serve as the album cover for a 7s prog rock band The Northman is your flick. If however the sight of decapitations makes you queasy avoid this movie like it was a sick man who takes off his mask to sneeze. Seemingly based on the same Scandinavian story that inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet The North man tells the tale of a young prince who seeks revenge on the uncle that murdered his father and married his mother. But it replaces existential dread with ultra violence and iambic pentameter with lots of grunting.

The biggest influence on this movie for director Robert Eggers are the films of Mel Gibson. While after Leni Riefenstahl Gibson is probably the last director you should admit to admiring in polite society The North man wears his influence on its sleeve. From the blood splattered green grassy hills reminiscent of Brave heart to the gruesome torture of Passion of the Christ to the lines of dialogue spoken in a foreign ancient language ala Apocalypto it extracts ten hours from Gibsons oeuvre into two hour and fifteen lean minutes of vengeance. Hopefully after The Northman wins all kind of acclaim Eggers can avoid being recorded spouting insane rants so he can keep making splat terfests.

The Bad Guys
The Bad Guys is a perfectly fine cartoon movie that can distract your kids for an hour and a half. It might be the first kids movie influenced by Quentin Tarantino as it features a quintet of villainous animals who pretend to be good so they can score one last heist. But The Bad Guys being an animated Oceans Eleven isnt what was noteworthy about this flick. Two other things stood out.First and more shocking was they use the word fart in this movie. This seems like a game changer if cartoons can now use this word. Screenwriters of childrens movies wont have to work so hard to craft gags. They can now randomly use the word fart every fifteen minutes and they are guaranteed cheap laughs. The second feature of this movie that keeps me up at night is that at the closing credits they show a scene featuring each cartoon character with the text claiming the voice actor portrayed the character. So it reads in large text Sam Rockwell as Mr. Wolf and Awkwafina as Ms. Tarantula.

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