JB and Tone take a much needed jump back into horror as they explore the life and crimes of one of the genres most influential players. From skin lamps to lady part stress balls, the guys give the 411 on…you’ll have to listen to find out! During news they discuss a new Collin Ferrel film, a tantalizing musical, and the box-office numbers for Endgame.Read More
Hello, Weirdos. The following is Episode 30 of one of the Words For Weirdos podcasts, Porcelain Peak. As the title suggests, this episode covers Avengers: Endgame. Check out the post below.
In the final installment of Avengers April, JB and Tone sit down to discuss the highly anticipated film: Avengers Endgame. This discussion contains spoilers for Endgame and tangentially for other movies in the MCU. You have been warned. The guys share some news about newly released trailers, Tone crushes trivia, and then they dive down into the quantum realm and discuss Endgame atom by atom. Have a listen to episode 30 below, then grab your Pym particles and do whatever it takes to travel over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe, so you never miss a climactic episode.
Wow. What an episode! Share your thoughts in a comment below or on any of the Porcelain Peak socials. Next week they are going to be doing a deep dive of a specific serial killer and his influence on film.
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Full breakdown of the MCU
Hello, Weirdos. Here is the latest episode of Porcelain Peak, one of the WFW podcasts. As the title suggests, this episode covers a dive into Phase 3 of the MCU. Have a listen and let the guys know what you think. Keep On Creepin’.
Assemble one last time as Avengers April draws to a close. This week JB and Tone discuss seven more MCU movies as they make their way across the infinite vastness of space. On the list this week is: Captain America Civil War, Black Panther, Spider-Man Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Doctor Strange, Thor Ragnarok, and Avengers Infinity War. In news, they briefly discuss the new Star Wars trailer, and in trivia guys go head-to-head with a solid week of flexing their horror knowledge muscles. Take a listen below, then open up a Doctor Strange portal to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe, so you never miss a super episode…Wakanda Forever!
Suit up Porcelain Peak participants, it is time to assemble once again for Avengers April Phase 2. This week JB and Tone travel to new galaxies to discuss 7 more MCU movies as they mare their way through all of them in chronological order. They go over news regarding Disney+ announcements, and Tone wrecks it at trivia. Listen below as the guys discuss Iron Man 3, Thor The Dark World, Captain America Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Avengers Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man, then make your way to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe, so you never miss a cinematic episode…lives may depend on it.Read More
Hello, Weirdos. All month long one of the podcasts that WFW produces is doing a retrospective look at all the MCU films. Here is the first episode. Stay tuned as they cover all the films leading up to Endgame at the end of the month. Keep on Creepin’.
Porcelain Peak fans assemble as JB and Tone fly into Avengers April Phase 1—a retrospective look at all the MCU films in anticipation of Endgame. On this episode they share some news about the voice of Chucky and discuss the Joker trailer. The heart of the episode is a grand discussion of Captain America: The First Avenger, a brief discussion of Captain Marvel (for a full discussion see the bonus episode), Ironman, Ironman 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers. Do them a super favor and have a listen below, then jet over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe, so you never miss a heroic episode.
I've always wanted to write a children’s story. Over the years I’ve rotes around with a few ideas. One of my most beloved stories, as a child and a adult, is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. When tinkering with ideas for my own story, I wanted it to be in the same vein. Below is a first draft of a story I wrote. Eventually, once I get a final draft, I’d like have the story illustrated. Until then I would love some feedback—suggestions, constructive criticism, etc. Anyway, here’s the story, enjoy.
Once there was a lonely amp who couldn’t speak. After years of silence, the amp met a guitar. The guitar plugged into the amp and they began to make music together. No matter what the guitar tried to play, the amp only spoke the saddest songs.
Finally the guitar asked him,“what’s wrong, amp?”
The amp, now able to speak through the guitar, said, “I’m sad because I’m in love.”
The guitar strummed with excitement, “In love? But that’s a great thing. Why are you sad about that?”
“Because,” the amp belted, “without you I don’t have a voice. For the years I’ve been in love with lemons, but I’ve never been able to tell them how I truly feel. How I think about and miss them more each day. I wish I could tell them how I loved the shape of their bodies, the texture of their skin against mine, the way they smell, their color, how they felt resting upon me, and how I felt with them just next to me. How I’ve loved them since I was a pocket amp in an old classroom…and still do. How if amps and lemons had souls, ours would be intertwined. How if amps and lemons were pages, ours would be bound into a tragic love story.”
With another stroke of the strings the guitar told the amp, “let’s tell the lemons! I can give you a voice. The lemons need to know, amp. Then we can play happy songs together.”
“We can’t,” the amp told the guitar, “I haven’t seen the lemons in years. I’m too old and dusty now. My mesh is tattered, my speaker worn, my cord frayed. Plus, last I heard the lemons were with spending time with apples now. I have nothing to offer the lemons.”
Now the guitar understood why the amp always sounded so sad. For the rest of their friendship they played sad songs together hoping that maybe one day the lemons would hear...
That is all I have for now. Please let me know what you think. I know it needs work, but I wanted to get initial thoughts. Stay posted for further iterations. Keep on Creepin’.
On episode 26 of Porcelain Peak, JB and Tone are joined by a fellow sci-fi and horror fan, graphic artist Anthony Silva. They hunker down and discuss every episode of the new Netflix anthology series Love, Death, and Robots. The guys share some news, crank out some trivia, and dive deep into this show. Have a listen below, then hop in your mech suit and stomp over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share, and subscribe so you never miss an animated episode.
Hello Weirdos. Thought everyone might be interested in this BONUS episode from one of our podcasts, Porcelain Peak. On this special bonus episode JB and Anthony are joined by 2 female guests to discuss the latest MCU film, Captain Marvel. Part review, part dissection, and a whole bunch of fun. Have a listen below then blast over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe, so you never miss a marvelous episode.
What do you think think of the movie? Let us know your thoughts on how this female driven film played out. Shoot us a comment on here, or leave us a message on our Instagram.
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She came to me while I dreamt
A hummingbird with radiant wings
We embraced and I felt warm
for the first time since she left
I hadn’t felt happiness since
I awoke completely in shambles
Salty streams streaking down
my saddened dreary face
I’d give up all my tired hands built
if I could just hear her voice
Hello, Weirdos. Quick announcement for you.
The Words For Weirdos podcast Porcelain Peak has a slew of new ways to reach out.
and its own URL porcelainpeak.com
In other news, the other WFW podcast Passion Project isn’t over…just taking a break as we gather more content for season 2. Looking to release 10 more episodes later this year.
Be on the lookout for all that good stuff. Keep on Creepin’.
Hello, Weirdos. Episode 12 of Porcelain Peak is now available. On this holiday episode JB and I sit down to compare and contrast the holiday classic Black Christmas and the middle of the road slasher remake Black X-mas. Enjoy the episode below, then hitch a sleigh ride over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, share and subscribe. Feel free to let us know what you think below. Enjoy!
Do you agree with our comments on these films? Either way, let us know in the comments below. And share some of your favorite holiday scares.
Hello, Weirdos! I want to share with you a couple of my new pick ups this month…
On the left you’ll see the Universal Classic Monsters Complete 30 film collection on Blu-ray. As the cover indicates this features all the classic Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, Invisible Man, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Phantom of the Opera movies. Essentially, this collection is a box containing all the individual collections in one housing unit. The benefit of buying them this way opposed to individually is the box keeping them all together, and it come with a 40+ page booklet discussing different aspects of the films. Some of the collections do have crossovers, so although it reads, “30 film collection,” there are actually 37 films in this pack because of the repeats.
On the right is a limited edition Steelbook of Halloween III: Season of the Witch. This steelbook is a full wrap, so spreading open the box (as pictured) reveals one massive scene. If you look close enough there is even a guest appearance from The Shape himself. H3 was a pick up for fellow horror enthusiast, but I dug it so much that I picked one up for myself as well. Let me know what you think below, and if you have some special pieces in your collection feel free to share. Keep on Creepin’.
Hello, Weirdos. This week I’d like to talk about a new show on Netflix called The Haunting of Hill House. Before I dive into that I want to mention that episodes 3, 4 and 5 of Porcelain Peak are now available. Please check those out on Apple Podcasts and rate, review, & subscribe so you never miss an episode. On the latest episode, we continue our 31 days of horror countdown, and share some Halloween traditions.
Let’s discuss Hill House. This was highly anticipated for me. The trailer and early reviews had me hyped. It was on my Netflix “list” weeks ago. I watched it immediately the day it came out (October 12). The first episode did not disappoint, so I kept watching—for a few more episodes. I could not put it down. So far that’s all I’ve been able to watch. But I still wanted to talk about those few.
Episode 1 is a hunting set up full of atmosphere and tension. Sucks you in be giving only pieces of the events that unfolded one fateful evening. Out the gate this episode induced a sense of dread and forebodingness. Classic haunted house set up. We follow a now older Steven throughly the episode and receive pieces of the events of Hill House through flashback. As the episode progresses we meet the family both as adults and youths. Nell, both young and old, pulls us in as our main focus for being haunted inside and out. The episode concludes with a gut punch.
After that the episodes slow down. Each one takes time to examine the other siblings. In episode 2 we learn about Shirley and her fascination with fixing and solving and death. We learn about Luke’s drug addiction, and Theo’s need for gloves. These episodes show that it isn’t simply the house that is haunted, but so are the people who used to live there. The Cain family are all haunted by something internal. Their ailments have manifested from childhood. Throughout out each of these episodes we are give flashbacks of their time in Hill House to show how the adults were shaped by their spirited upbringings. Episode 5 introduces a new element to the show which was unexpected, but worked.
One episode that particularly stuck out to me was episode 6. This again consists of past and present segments, but this one is sewn together to appear as one long shot. Without the cuts the tension and emotion builds. The entire show is filled with emotion, but episode 6 hammers it in and nearly had me in tears. I don’t want to spoil anything, but as far as 60% of the season goes I highly recommend it. I’ll share my final thoughts once I finish the season. Let me know what you think below.
Hello, Weirdos. Episode 2 of Porcelain Peak is out tomorrow. Episode 2 has a special guest cohost. We get into the first chunk of our October countdown, which includes discussion on Splinter, Hell Fest, The Nun, It Follows, Veronica , Annihilation, and Hell House LLC. After, we share some real life accounts, and set listeners up with our next 7 movies.
Take a listen and follow along! Feel free to share your lists with us. We love hearing what other’s are into. And if you dig the podcast head over to Apple Podcasts and rate, review, and subscribe so we can move up the podcast ranks and reach the masses.
At the end of the episode I challenge my cohost to write a 2 sentence horror story. We'll be sharing those next week. If you have a 2 sentence story of your own share it in the comments below and maybe we’ll read them on the episode.
Keep on Creepin’.
Hello, Weirdos. I have some great news. My producer Randy and I had such a blast talking about The Endless we decided to start a new podcast in the same vein. The podcast is titled Porcelain Peak and will consist of all things horror and science-fiction. We’re shooting for weekly episodes with the first being released on October 1st.
Episode 1 consists of a creepy story from H.P Lovecraft. We also give the first 7 movies we'll be tackling for our 31 Days of Halloween list. For the month of October each episode will consist of a discussion of what we watched and various other segments.
Other episodes will cover movies, shows literature, games, and anything else regarding horror or science-fiction. You can expect readings, original work, andlysis & review, and a bunch more.
Look out for episode one coming October 1st. In the mean time Keep on Creepin’ .
Hello, Weirdos. This last week I had the pleasure of being featured on another Hyper Forge Alpha Network podcast—the Black Star Audiobook podcast in a segment titled: Beyond Black Star. The podcast itself is an audio drama with a full cast and production. The Beyond Backstar episodes feature Randy, the host and creator, sitting down with various quests discussing various topics. This week Randy invited me on to discuss The Endless—an eerie Lovecraftian science fiction film starring Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The Endless is about two brothers who are mysteriously called back to a cult they left as kids. Upon their return, they begin to understand why they left to begin with. Check out the episode through the link below, and shoot Black Star a rating and review.
While you're clicking links, don't forget to head over to Apple News to follow Words For Weirdos to get live updates on all new posts. Keep on Creepin'.
Looking at the post previous to this it seems that I’ve been absent for 2 months. I figured I’d share why. Avid readers may notice some changes in site layout. All the creative writing pages have been condensed into 1 page. Movie reviews will no longer be on a separate page, but instead included right here on the main feed. A new page has been added, simply titled Podcast. This has been one of my new projects taking up a chunk of my time. The podcast is titled Passion Project and it is an exploration of what people love. There are 4 epiosodes out with the 5th arriving this week. Topics our guests have covered include sound design, photography, content creation, and Nintendo, with Jazz guitar soon to follow. Pop over to that page and check it out.
Another project which has taken up a lot of my time is woodworking. I know this isn’t my typical area (the website isn’t called Wood For Weirdos) but I figured I’d share what projects I’ve been up to incase anyone is interested.
In the past couple months I’ve done 3 wood working projects. The first was a custom picture frame I made from old shelves I had around the house. I needed the frame for a puzzle.
Not sure the type of wood. Used a table saw and a mitre box for the cuts. To fasten the pieces together I drilled holes for dowels, hit it with some glue, and hammered it all together. I hit it with a coat of gray wash stain and rubbed some of it off to give it a slight rustic look. No bevels because I didn’t want any of the puzzle images covered. The puzzle sits within the the frame, held in place with a backing.
Using that same old shelf, I made an address sign with a planter box for my house. One of the old numbers fell off so I figured I’d take the opportunity to create something new and different.
This piece was a bit easier to make, and the process went smoother now that I had some practice. I used a kreg jig and screws to fasten the parallel back pieces together, and to secure the frame of the planter to the back. This was my first experience with a kreg jig, but I found it simple to use and helpful. Once those pieces were settled, I used some glue and finishing nail to secure the face of the planter to the frame. Once all the wood filler settled, I sanded everything and gave it all a coat of dark stain. After that, I spayed it down with spar urethane. For the numbers I followed the directions on the packaging. The hardware for the float mount was a tad longer than the wood was thick (should have checked that before), but I made it work. To hang, I used heavy duty, outdoor 3M strips, and haven't had any issues. Grabbed a few small plants and popped them in there. I got the basic design idea from Shanty 2 Chic, but modified it to work for me.
My last project was a mantel for my fireplace. The previous owners painted the wall and the centered fireplace all a chocolate brown. Which was fine, but it needed an update. Along with changing the wall color and using a separate color on the fireplace, I decided to create a new mantel because the old was…well, old. I headed to the internet for ideas and came across Addicted 2 Decorating. Again, I used a modified version of the design to fit my fireplace and style. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a before picture (aside from the old mantel) until after the project was in progress. Here are some photos of the mantel in various stages.
Top left was the original mantel. I was going to refinish it, but the sanding process proved more arduous than anticipated. Top center was the wood I picked up from Home Depot. Nothing special—3 cheap pieces long enough to create the new mantel. Top center shows the completed frame of the mantel during the assembling process. The frame was made of two side pieces topped with the face and nailed in place. Again, I used a table saw for all the cuts. Those pieces, and all the others, were attached using finishing nails. Once the "u" shape was settled I measured and cut pieces to fill in the sides—essentially making a lidless box. After all the glue and wood filler was dry, I sanded the entire thing using an electric hand sander using 60, 120, then 400 grit sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible. To give a solid piece of wood look, I covered both ends with a sheet of wood veneer to hide the seems; I sanded that as well to look more concise. The bottom left picture was the mantel stained. I did two coats with the same stain I used for the address planter because it matched preexisting shelves around the fireplace. After the stain, I did two coats of polyurethane. That was it! I used the system already in place from the old mantel to mount this one. You can see the finished product in the last two pictures.
Overall these projects were a fun learning experience. Each one presented new challenges, and opportunities to practice techniques I learned along the way. Although it has always interested me, I've never done any woodworking before, so this was a completely new experience. I don't have any new projects lined up, but I definitely have more ideas.
That being said, expect more classic Words For Weirdos content coming soon and regularly. Passion Project is roughly a third of the way through the first season, so keep a look out for new episodes every two weeks. Let me know what you think of the projects below, and head over to Apple Podcasts to rate, review, and subscribe to Passion Project. Thanks for reading, and Keep on Creepin'.
Hello, Weirdos. As promised, next up on Franchise Fever is the DC Extended Universe! Last week I dove into the first two films. This week I'll be watching Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, followed by Justice League the week after for those following along. For the remainder of this installment each movie will feature Lasso of Truth (the good), Kryponite (the bad), and The Riddler (questions). Here are my thoughts on the first two movies...
Man of Steel:
Director: Zack Snyder.
Lasso of Truth: This one I have seen multiple times. I still enjoy it. It is realistic and grounded. MOS is shot in a way that makes you feel like you're there. It feels like it could be a part of Nolan’s Dark Knight universe. They picked the right name for the film, Man of Steel , because this movie isn’t about the alien superhero, it’s about the man, about Clark, and what it takes for him to become the hero we all know. It’s a piece about what it means to be human. Cavill and Adams kill it. It’s a movie about adults for adults. They aren’t trying to appeal to kids in the way other superhero franchises might.
Kryptonite: The pacing is a bit slow. And the product placement is terrible. They go to an IHOP at least 3 times and crash into a Sears and 7/11.
The Riddler: Does Martha Kent work for Sears? In a scene she is wearing a Sears laniard and a Sears polo shirt. Why? How much time passes after Zod’s defeat and when Clark goes to work at the Daily Planet? Because Metropolis got destroyed, including the Planet, yet Clark is at work by the end.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition):
Director: Zack Snyder.
Lasso of Truth: I heard different opinions about which cut of this film to watch, so I took it to folks over at the DC reddit. Unanimously I was told to watch the Ultimate Edition. I did just that. When I saw the theatrical cut in theaters I remember never caring to see this film again. After seeing the Ultimate Edition I enjoyed this film. Lex is great. He is the conductor of the Wayne/Kent orchestra. I grew up with Smallville so I’m used to a different portrayal of Lex. Eisenberg’s performance reminds me to the Ledger Joker in his brilliance as a mastermind. But take that Joker, give him a ton of money and make him high strung like he’s on cocaine and you have this Lex. I dug it.
Kryptonite: I think the title is misleading because the two heroes hardly fight, which is what people were expecting. When they do it’s great, but it happens twice briefly. They stop because their moms have the same name. What? After 2.5 hours the quick hero smash up ends because mom names, and now Batman suddenly doesn’t hate Superman? Weak. This movie feels like 3 hours. It focuses on political issues, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but does bog the film down. The last weak bit for me is the superfriends gifs Wonder Woman watches. I like when they show the hero symbols—a hint, a tease to keep it interesting. Then they overdue it showing the little clips of each new character as if audiences don’t know The Flash is fast or that Aquaman swims.
The Riddler: I honestly don’t know the answer to this, was Wayne’s mom always named Martha? Is Superman’s true identity easy to discover or is he terrible at hiding it? Two movies, two people find out who he is, except Bruce Wayne (but then he’d have found out about Martha too early).
Look out for the new installment coming next week featuring the next two films on the path to Justice League . Keep on Creepin’ .
Hello, Weirdos. In the shadows of the pale moonlight a series of movies lurks. Films shrouded in darkness, luckily a bat is involved. Up next on Franchise Fever is the DC Extended Universe! Currently there are 5 films in this franchise, with the 6th slated later this year. For those who want to follow along the 5 films are: Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, with Aquaman arriving December 21st.
Share your feelings toward the DCEU and check back soon for my thoughts on the beginning of this franchise! Keep on Creepin’ .
In order to discuss the meat of this film, there will be spoilers.
In 2007 Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman released Juno—an indie look at teen pregnancy with a killer soundtrack. Their next outing together was in 2011 and starred Charlize Theron in Young Adult—a forgettable film about an author attempting to home-wreck. Seven years later Cody, Reitman, and Theron are back with 2018's Tully—an exploration of the beautiful and ugly side of motherhood. With tight dialogue, strong performances, and boldness from all parties involved, Tully succeeds as a realistic dive into complacency, stagnancy, and parenthood in a modern society.
Charlize Theron's performance as Marlo makes Tully as good as it is. She is a mess as a mother, wife, and person in general. Theron takes a role, which is often idealized and angelic, and turns the role into something grounded and authentic. One scene in particular worth mentioning is when Marlo has an altercation with the principal (Gameela Wright) of her son's (Asher Miles Fallica) school. In this scene Theron showcases her full range as the character. She is disheveled and exhausted, but attempts to remain calm and civil. Finally, something snaps, and she unleashes a mother's ferocity on Principal Laurie, while begging for honesty. Theron does not overdo it by one massive explosion, but instead presents her anger in bursts throughout the scene. She knows when to give more and when to pull it back, making for a scene full of boiled-over authenticity. Scenes as that demonstrate the confidence Theron brings to the role.
Confidence is also present with the writer and director duo of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, respectively. For starters they have enough confidence to release a low-key drama/comedy film in the first week of May, following Avengers: Infinity War and preceding Deadpool 2 on the 18th. Why try to compete? Because Tully is something different, something fresh. Cody and Reitman are giving the nitty-gritty side of marriage and motherhood. They are not saying adult life is detestable; they are saying adult life is difficult in particular for a middle-class mother attempting to keep up with the Joneses. What Cody has done is provide juxtaposition between gender, economic class, and age by demonstrating the differences between Marlo and her husband, her brother, and Tully. Cody's dialogue elevates the actor's performances. When Marlo is visiting her rich brother Craig (Mark Duplass), Craig is excited to show off his new bar. Marlo immediately takes a dig at him to which he warmly responds telling her to shut-up. From there the dialogue builds naturally to the conversation regarding the night nanny. Much of the dialogue goes that way. Cody starts small and allows conversations to unfold. Reitman does the same with the scenes. As a scene appears to be ending, Reitman will let it linger longer, leaving the audience uncomfortable with awkwardness. Marlo and her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) feel inadequate to Craig and his wife Elyse (Elaine Tan). Reitman establishes the inadequacy during a dinner scene filled with revealing conversation and uncomfortable silences.
Duplass and Tan play a rich, eccentric couple who are at times over-the-top and oblivious, but never become arrogant or obnoxious. Duplass uses a large, creepy smile to show his enthusiasm for his position in life. Tan goes for a quiet, minimalistic approach to demonstrate her class and comfortableness, often skipping over what people say to avoid tension. Livingston portrays a typical, overworked husband who does not spend enough time taking care of his wife. His performance is detached, and he is more or less fodder. The standout supporting cast member is Mackenzie Davis who plays Tully—the wise, insightful, free-spirit night nanny. Davis also shows confidence with this role; her character calls for it, and she exudes it through subtle bits of comedy and authoritativeness. Once she arrives onscreen she takes control of the situation, often acting as the foil and inspiration for Marlo. That being said, the Tully twist is the biggest problem with this movie.
Throughout the film, there is an eerie sense of similarity between Tully and Marlo. As the picture progresses, the similarities begin to add up. At the end it is revealed that Tully does not exist in a corporeal sense. Tully is Marlo's younger self (Tully is Marlo's maiden name) who has come back as a part of Marlo's nervous breakdown. There are plenty of hints throughout the film, so the problem does not come from the twist itself. Instead the problem is how the twist is handled. After an accident, a doctor walks up to Drew and asks if she has had a history of mental illness. But why? As an audience member there is no indication that the doctor witnessed Marlo talking to herself or even mentions Tully to the physician, so why does she bring that point up? From the outside it looks as though Marlo got into a drunk driving accident. Drew replies to Dr. Smythe stating, no, but she did have a bit of depression after her last child. And that is it. No repercussions from the drunk driving nor the supposed mental illness, and no explanation to the husband why the doctor believes Marlo might be mentally ill. Marlo says goodbye to Tully, Drew apologizes for being an absentee husband, and the film ends. It felt as though it needed a resolution after the journey.
Tully is clever in its execution. Even the poster for the movie has more to it beneath the surface. Upon first glance the poster appears to be a close up of a zoned-out Charlize Theron. But after watching the movie, the poster details everything. The pizza is a reference to Marlo making frozen dinners; the stroller and blocks are a reference to the children; the mermaid is a reference to the surreal visions Marlo has throughout the movie, which are later revealed to be her drowning; cupcakes are a reference to Marlo wanting to keep up with the other moms who make Minion cupcakes; the microphone references Marlo and her daughter singing karaoke together; and the bike refers to the ending of the film when Marlo and Tully steal bikes and ride through the city. Even the tagline is clever, "see how the mother half lives," directly speaks to the idea that Tully is past Marlo. Tully gets to see how her life will turn out. And lastly the title of the film and how it is placed on the poster immediately tells audiences that Charlize Theron is Tully. The name is on her face, so it must be her character. Brilliant design.
Through strong performances from the supporting cast and the lead, Tully shines. Cody and Reitman together add a sense of realism to a story about real world struggles. Tully succeeds by being an intimate look at how you might love your kids and spouse, but you do not necessarily like them all the time. Theron gives an award-deserving performance, and Cody delivers a (mostly) well developed script. Even though the ending has flaws to it, Tully demonstrates the ups and downs for safe familiarity and the struggles it takes to retain normalcy through both the team in front of the camera, and the team behind it.