Kareem Recommends: "Bullet Train," "Vengeance," "Indian Matchmaking," "Paper Girls," and Tony Exum Jr.
The best in movies, TV, music, books, and comics--according to me.
Welcome to “Kareem Recommends: The Best in Movies, TV, Music, Books, and Comics.” OG readers will recognize this as a rebranded Weekend Boost, with the name being changed to allow me to post it anytime, not just weekends.
For our new subscribers, this is a regular feature in which I share the best in the arts. Or at least the best of what I’ve experienced in the arts. I love movies, TV, music, books, and graphic novels, so I have a deep bench of material. The best part for me is suggesting something that gave me a lot of joy with the hope that you’ll share that joy. It’s like a cooked a delicious meal for you—but without all the cleaning up afterward.
Bonus this week: Two movies!
If you liked Brad Pitt as the goofy adventurer in The Lost City, then you are in for a treat because Bullet Train is more of the same, but amped up tenfold. Pitt plays a former assassin looking to become more spiritual and less stabby. He’s assigned to simply steal a briefcase on a Japanese bullet train but ends up fighting for his life because the train is filled with vicious killers.
Like Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, there’s non-stop action, lots of comedy, and artsy direction. Pitt is wildly entertaining as he tries to survive relentless attacks by trained assassins while maintaining his new enlightened attitude. You will have a great time watching this film.