Reel Film Nerds

Episode #153: Uncut Gems

January 3, 2020

Welcome to 2020 everyone!  Nope we are not going to make the same stupid joke everyone else keeps making on the socials about finally having 2020 vision but we are going to review a movie for you!  Today your hosts talk about the Safdie brother’s newest film Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler.  Bonus topics today include going to concerts, great TV shows, and advancing film making with smaller budget films.

Uncut Gems is a dark disturbing and well made film.  It is gritty to it’s core from the sets to the audio tracks to the chaotic cinematography.  Adam Sandler is absolutely incredible as main protagonist Howard Ratner.  Easily the best performance of his life. If Sandler is not at least nominated for an Academy Award for this film Matt might start a one man riot.  Kevin Garnett yes that Kevin Garnett does a surprisingly great job as himself as an obsessed NBA basketball player looking for anything to give him an edge.  Uncut Gems is a great film but it is not a must see in the theaters unless you have seen Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker four times like Matt has then sure why not.  This film has tons of awards potential and both your hosts really enjoyed it.  Mike Talent with the surprise highest rating of the pod gives the film 4 out of 5 Reels.  Matt gave it a good rating as well just not at Mike’s level. He gives Uncut Gems 3.5 out of 5 Reels.

Next week the guys stay home and watch a couple of new Netflix films.  The first one is Michael Bay’s most Michael Bay film to date according to it’s trailers, 6 Underground starring none other than the living embodiment of the merc with a mouth Ryan Reynolds.  Our second Tributary review if we can get to it is another Netflix Original based on a true story, The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.  Thanks for hanging out with us for another incredible year of movie reviews with even more to come in 2020!  Chat at you next week.

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