Nope (2022)

Nope
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David
Seen on: 12.8.2022

Plot:
Since his father (Keith David) died in a freak accident, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) has been trying to keep their horse farm – with horses trained for movie making – afloat more or less on his own. His sister Emerald (Keke Palmer) taking over the more people-oriented tasks when she can. But OJ has had to sell some horses to their neighbor, Jupe Park (Steven Yeun), former child actor, who now runs a Western village for tourists. When Emerald comes to the farm for a few days, they realize that there is something floating above them, something obviously alien. They are determined to catch it on camera.

With Nope, Peele continues his line of unusual and very political horror movies. Nope is his least scary film, I’d say, and maybe his most messy, but that messiness, and the film in general are always interesting and meaningful.

The film poster showing a cloud trailing a line of little flags, over an illuminated Western village in the middle of nowhere.
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Lightyear (2022)

Lightyear
Director: Angus MacLane
Writer: Angus MacLane, Matthew Aldrich, Jason Headley
Spin off from: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4
Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Bill Hader
Seen on: 22.6.2022

Plot:
Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) and Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) are space rangers, and they are damn good at their job. Despite this, they and their spaceship are accidentally stranded on a rather dangerous planet though. For Buzz, the new mission is clear: he has to find a way to get them all off the planet and back home. For that, they need to rebuild the fuel crystal – which is easier said than done. Especially when it becomes obvious that he is not the only one interested in that fuel.

Lightyear is a charming, emotional film that tries very hard to capture a nostalgic feeling. I don’t think it quite managed that, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have fun along the way.

The film poster showing Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) in a space suit.
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Hustlers (2019)

Hustlers
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer: Lorene Scafaria
Based on: Jessica Pressler‘s article The Hustlers at Scores
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mette Towley, Trace Lysette, Keke Palmer, Mercedes Ruehl, Lili Reinhart, G-Eazy, Cardi B, Lizzo, Usher Raymond
Seen on: 18.12.2019

Plot:
Destiny (Constance Wu) just about scrapes by as a stripper until she meets Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) who takes her under her wings. She not only teaches her to dance, but also shows her the ropes on how to get the most from their customers. They make a formidable team until the recession hits and they have to go their separate ways. When they run into each other a few years later, Ramona offers Destiny the chance to play a new game – and Destiny gladly accepts, even if not everything is exactly legal.

Hustlers tells a crime story that isn’t as much interested in the crime and much more interested in the women and their friendships. Since that aligns perfectly with my interests, I was very happy about that choice – and the film in general.

The film poster showing Destiny (Constance Wu), Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), Diamond (Cardi B), Liz (Lizzo), Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) and Mercedes (Keke Palmer) in close-ups.
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