The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)Currently available to stream on Netflix is the latest Coen Brothers’ dark comedy, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. The movie is an anthology film that consist of six different stories, each taking place in the Old West where death and mayhem can ensue at moment and with any individual. That seems to be the central theme through these six stories; death. However, the Coen Brothers, being the brilliant filmmakers they are, are able to make that central theme comedic, thrilling, somber, enthralling, romantic, or even mysterious.

The first story is about a man named Buster Scruggs, an outlaw whose choices of killing and mayhem may come back to bite him. This one is only about ten minutes long, even though this story’s title is also the film’s. We then move on to a story about a robber who constantly finds himself getting hung by the neck, a story about an entertainer on the road who uses the misfortunes of another to make money, a gold digger who finds himself in a messy situation, a romance formed from the death of a relative, and a ride in a station wagon that is anything but what it seems.

Some stories are better told than others, some more fascinating than others. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” is not consistent enough to be all that rewatchable. However, what the Coen Brothers never fail to do is entertain. Their unique form of storytelling, dialogue, direction, and their ability to make humor out of the darkest of things are what keeps this film together and allows for an entertaining experience on that first watch.

The movie stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Stephen Root, Clancy Brown, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson and many others. No actors are ever reused, so each story seems completely fresh after the previous one.

The Coen Brothers are best known for their work on their previous films “Fargo”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Inside Lewin Davis”, “A Serious Man”, and ‘No Country for Old Men”. The list does go on, but their resume is so packed, it would take up too much room here. Not all of their movies were as well done as these, but what they manage to do throughout their filmography is stimulate the mind in a philosophical sense. Their films may make you laugh (“The Big Lebowski”), disturb you (“No Country for Old Men”), or do both (“Fargo”). However what all of their films seem to do is make audiences reflect on a philosophical question that the film asks. This time, it does it six times in one film.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” goes up there with some of their better films. Whether it be because of the cast, the cinematography, the dialogue or the filmmakers’ brilliance, the film deserves to be seen at least once.

Rated R for some strong violence 

Green Book

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018)Directed by Peter Farrelly, “Green Book” is a true story about an Italian bouncer who becomes a driver and personal assistant to an African American pianist in the early 1960s. After Tony Lip’s bouncing job gets put on hold for a few months, he is referred to Dr. Don Shirley, an extremely talented musician who is going on a two month tour in the Southern States until Christmas. He hires him to get him from gig to gig, but also to protect him from those who do not accept his skin color. After hearing what he’ll be paid, Tony takes the job, but during their time together, a friendship blooms and turns into something neither of them expected.

Race is a recurring theme throughout “Green Book” as Dr. Shirley consistently experiences discrimination, even at the venue’s that are paying him for his talents. At first, Tony seems indifferent when it comes to African Americans and has plenty of ignorant assumptions. However, after getting to know him, we see Tony begin to change and become a caring and compassionate friend to Dr. Shirley. While that transition has plenty of emotional bumps on the road, their connection seems innate.

While race is a huge factor of the movie, the film is actually more about friendship and the strong impact it can have on the human heart. Sometimes friendships can unexpectedly develop and go on to last a lifetime. “Green Book” beautifully displays this message in the most heartwarming of ways. The film can be similarly compared to John Hughes’s “Planes Trains and Automobiles”, a comedy about two strangers who meet attempting to get home for Thanksgiving and end up becoming best of friends in the process. Not enough bromance movies are made these days, but “Green Book” can fill that gaps on its own.

The most noticeable reason for the film’s success is the acting. The two main roles were perfectly casted and its difficult to see anyone else playing them and doing as great of a job. Viggo Mortensen plays Tony and Mahershala Ali plays Shirley. The chemistry between these two is perfectly acted out, and their talents seem to bounce off each other in a way that makes for a touching bromance. Both have an excellent track record, with Viggo starring in the critically acclaimed “Lord of the Ring” trilogy and “Captain Fantastic, and Mahershala Ali winning a well-deserved Oscar for 2016’s “Moonlight”.

“Green Book” is an incredibly heartfelt and touching story that keeps a smile on each audience members’ face for the majority of the runtime. With the holiday season officially here, this film could not have arrived at a better time. If you’re in the mood for a nice feel-good story, “Green Book” is without a doubt the one to see.

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material 


Suspiria (2018)For those unfamiliar with the original, “Suspiria” is about a ballet academy run by witches. When a new coming dancer named Susie Bannion shows us, she begins to discover what truly lies behind the company’s mask. That’s about all that Luca Guadagnino’s version has in common with Dario Argento’s original. However, that does not mean, in any sense, that “Suspiria” does not live up to its predecessor. This film is one of the most unique, original, horrifying, mystifying and stomach churning movies in years.

In this version, when Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) arrives, she is welcomed in open arms by Madam Blanc (Tilda Swinton) and Miss Tanner (Angela Winkler). Contrary to Argento’s “Suspiria”, here we know right off the bat that witches inhabit the school and are in search of a replacement for the dying Mother Markos, a grotesque looking witch who is only talked about until the end. Miss Tanner and Madam Blanc see potential in Susie, which shakes the school to its core, as Susie’s friend, Sarah (Mia Goth), grows more suspicious scene by scene.

Separate from the main plot is a story about a psychologist named Dr. Josef Klemperer who is helping a former troubled student (Patricia, played by Chloe Grace Moretz) overcome her traumatic experiences. As he investigates into this girl’s then sudden disappearance, he too becomes involved in what turns into one of the most blood drenched nightmares put on screen.

“Suspiria” is completely dark in tone and gets somehow darker as the film progresses. Audiences slowly get increasingly sucked into this nightmare that came right from the mind of Guadagnino. Surprisingly, this gifted filmmaker was the man behind last year’s “Call Me By Your Name”, a touching yet heartbreaking romance that takes place in a breathtakingly beautiful setting in 1970s Italy. The very fact that he can make that one year, and then step right into a topic like this shows how ranged he can be. Many more awe-inspiring films will come from this genius’s mind and he will surely continue to bring us to places we never thought we could go.

Mia Goth is brilliant and Chloe Grace Moretz gives us something captivating that she’s never done before. However, this is Dakota Johnson’s most transformative role. Given her roles in the “Fifty Shades” movies, she needed a film that could set her on the path for more diverse roles. “Suspiria” will, without a doubt, give her more chances to express her talents. Although, as great as she is, the big talk about this film is Tilda Swinton as there is a secret about her performance that has been revealed to the public. However, for those who don’t know, its better to not look it up. Realizing after movie will have much more of a mind-blowing effect. That said, her talents shine bright here.

The make up department for “Suspiria” deserves massive praise. There is a scene about thirty or forty minutes into the film that induces nausea. An incredible amount of makeup had to be put to work for this scene to come to life, and its one of the most horrifyingly realistic body horror scenes ever made. You’ll know it when you see it, trust me.

The film’s nightmarish qualities come to life through its mixing of horror sub-genres. It mixes body horror with supernatural and psychological horror. There are some incredibly grotesque scenes throughout, and from start to finish there is a foreboding feeling of dread that stays in our minds, even hours after viewing, much like in “The Shining”. “Suspiria” is clearly inspired by countless other horror films but takes many visual inspirations from the works of Stanley Kubrick and emotional ones from David Lynch (“Eraserhead”, “Blue Velvet”, “Mulholland Dr.”).

Watching “Suspiria” is an experience different from any other, one that many will not dare to venture on. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone. It’s weird, creepy, and not at all like the other conventional type of horror films that are constantly released (“The Nun”, “The Conjuring” etc). This film can’t be confidently recommend for everyone, but it’s worth the shot and is masterfully crafted enough to deserve attention and praise as one of the greatest horror films ever made.

Rated R for disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references


Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (2018)Alfonso Cuaron, the brilliant director of “Gravity” and “Children of Men” used his creative direction yet again to masterfully create one of the most visually stunning and emotionally provocative films in years. It’s difficult to describe, as seeing his films is an experience that lies beyond words. Cuaron is one of the most artistic and talented directors working today, and his most recent work on “Roma” reflects everything about the man himself and the world he grew up in.

Throughout the film, we observe a year in the life of Cleo, a maid in 1970s Mexico City. On her journey, we get to know the family she works for, the setting’s political turmoil, and her relationship with a man named Fermin. All of these elements clash together, and the story turns into an emotional ride that both lifts spirits and devastates. Words cannot fully describe the emotions that “Roma” elicits.

This is a passion project for Cuaron as the film reflects his own times growing up in Mexico City. Every event in “Roma” truly happened in Cuaron’s childhood. Cleo represents the maid he knew as a child and everything she goes through is true. From the first opening shot to the last, “Roma” feels like a surreal memory taken right from the mind of the director. It’s a brilliant work of art that deserves to be watched and studied for years to come.

Cleo is beautifully played by Yalitza Aparicio in her very first acting gig and during the film’s entire runtime, you really feel for her character. Not only is that Cuaron’s doing, but Yalitza’s as well. She gives one of the most immersive performances of the year, which will hopefully skyrocket her into a full on acting career. It’s hard to tell at the moment if she is going to continue acting, but if she does, it’s safe to say she’ll never disappoint.

Throughout “Roma” we feel as though we are with these characters and are experiencing their lives with them through ever devastating moment. When a film can successfully bring you into the lives of the characters, it’s a masterpiece. Cuaron’s masterpiece deserves to be remembered as future classic, muck like the way we currently see films like “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca”.

“Roma” will be released as a Netflix original film this December, however it will also receive a limited theater released. While it is a Netflix film, the film begs to be seen in theaters. The sound design, long camera takes, cinematography, production design, and its use of black and white all make “Roma” theater worthy. Watching it on the small screen will still be great but seeing it in the theaters will give audiences the experience they’re meant to have. “Roma” is, after all, an experience more than a movie.

Rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language

First Man

Ryan Gosling in First Man (2018)Damien Chazelle’s latest project focuses on Neil Armstrong and the struggles he faced while collaborating with NASA for the moon landing. We see Neil from the loss of his daughter to… (spoiler alert) the moon landing. Throughout the entire runtime of the film, we’re shown what made Neil who he was. Not only is “First Man” about the difficulties it took to land on the moon, but it also showcases Neil’s change in character throughout that time. It’s definitely a fascinating bio pic and one that doesn’t cease to be intense and gripping.

Chazelle’s previous films include “Whiplash” and “La La Land”, but this time jazz isn’t one of the main themes. It’s clear from those film though, that he can direct the hell out of a film. It’s more than likely that he will become one of the all-time greats like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. His directing talents really came into great use with “First Man”. While he didn’t write the screenplay for this one, it is absolutely a Chazelle film.

Armstrong is played by the great Ryan Gosling, who also stared in “La La Land”, which he was nominated for an Oscar for. The same is quite possible here. Gosling perfectly portrays Neil from the first shot of the film and its no doubt that it will be one of his finer performances of his career. In addition to “La La Land”, he gave riveting performances in “Drive” and “Blade Runner 2040”.

Claire Foy plays Janet Armstrong. Again, like Gosling she gives a ranged performance and one that will hopefully receive some award recognition when the time comes. She could have been more compelling if there was more to her character though, but instead she is, for the most part, the worrying wife at home with the kids. However, she does an outstanding job with the material given.

On a technical level, “First Man” is an outstanding achievement. The sound design brings you right there into the cockpit with Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the flight sequences and even the on-ground practice trials are incredibly intense, making you aware that being an astronaut is no easy business.

In addition to the sound design, the musical score is one of the bests of the year. Justin Hurwitz (also the composer of “La La Land”), composed a beautiful score and one that reminds many cinephiles of Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Chazelle’s vision of this story is both unique and realistic. Nothing is over the top, fantasized or exaggerated. “First Man” gives us a compelling and even somewhat gritty look into Neil Armstrong and one of the most difficult achievements of mankind.

Rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language 


Tom Hardy in Venom (2018)The latest installation in the Marvel franchise is the story of a journalist named Eddie Brock whose goal is to take down the corrupt Carlton Drake, the founder of the Life Foundation. However, after overstepping his boundaries, he loses his job. Six months later, he learns that Carlton Drake is using symbiotes and testing them on innocent bystanders, killing them in the process. Eddie is then infused with an alien symbiote that takes over his body as he becomes a superhuman with immense strength and power. Now it’s up to Eddie and Venom to stop Drake from destroying the planet.

For those unfamiliar with Venom, he’s a villain from the Spider-Man franchise who we originally saw in the poorly made “Spider-Man 3” back in 2007. He’s much more uniquely designed here with his long tongue, sharp teeth, wide eyes and a deep dark voice that’s much more menacing and cunning than expected. When comparing Venom here to his appearance in “Spider-Man 3”, this is the more superior role.

Venom’s scenes can be quite fun, and the action can be thrilling at times. However, those elements don’t tend to stay consistent throughout the entire movie and at times they can even be bland. One scene shows Venom and Eddie fighting off a squad of NYPD SWAT officers and it feels more like a cut away scene in a video game than a movie.

Tom Hardy did as well he could with the material given to him in this role. It’s clear from films like “The Revenant” that he can act, but this definitely isn’t his greatest performance. He is convincing enough as Eddie, but he would have been able to put his acting talents to a bigger test if the writing wasn’t so flat and unoriginal.

What would have helped “Venom” stay consistently engaging is an R-rating. Many were hoping for gritty, raunchy, and super violent movie about a man struggling with a parasite that he can’t get rid of. Not to sound sadistic, but more blood and decapitated heads would have made the film much more enjoyable. Instead, “Venom” attempted to be both dark and light-hearted at the same time, leading to inconsistent tones. We jump from a gritty scene of a little girl with a symbiote to a comical scene of Eddie attempting to fight off Venom.

There is a good movie here somewhere, but many improvements were needed to make it one of the better Marvel films. With the success of “Deadpool” and “Logan”, “Venom” would have been more original and entertaining if it were more like those films. Hopefully Marvel will make this change for the inevitable sequel.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language

A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018)Everybody knows Bradley Cooper can act and Lady Gaga can sing, but what people don’t know is that they are both able to sing and act. They showcase their talents in the newest remake of “A Star is Born”, the story of a talented singer named Ally who meets and falls in love with a famous country musician named Jackson Maine. It’s love at first sigh when he sees her performing “La Vie En Rose” in a drag bar. When he meets her backstage, they go for a drink and their talents and passions merge to form one of the most realistic romantic couples on screen. Ally becomes famous through her singing talents and songwriting abilities, but as her career sky-rockets, the same isn’t necessarily true for their relationship.

Cooper brilliantly plays Jack in the most ranged performance of his career. It is clear from watching “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Sniper” that he can act, but this is the first role where he combines his musical talents with his acting talents. He can sing just as well as any of the country music stars you hear on the radio and apparently the guy knows his way around a guitar as well. After taking over a year of guitar lessons to prepare for the role, he basically became a country star. Jack’s music on stage makes us forget that its Bradley Cooper up there singing and performing “Black Eyes” and “Maybe its Time”.

As amazing as Cooper is, Lady Gaga steals the show with both her voice and her eyes. She acts with her eyes in every scene with Cooper, making for a realistic couple with perfect chemistry. When an actor can do that while conveying emotion, that is talent at its finest. Her performance is her best as well, which will surely give her more opportunities for roles like this. She has acted in a few things here and there and even performed in a few seasons of “American Horror Story”, but this is the first time where she was truly able to put her acting talents to the fullest test, and she passed.

What’s even more impressive is that “A Star is Born” is the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper. After seeing this film, it would seem as though Cooper directed many films before, but that’s not the case. Cooper is clearly a talented director and one that will hopefully make more films in the future.

This is the fourth adaptation of “A Star is Born”. It can be easy to shrug off remakes as lazy and uninventive, but this film is anything but that. It’s a self-aware film with incredible talent behind it. The acting, music, direction and costume design all shine as some of the best we’ve seen in years.

Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse

The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman in The Favourite (2018)“The Favourite” is the newest bizarre feature film from writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos, the man who made the strangely comedic film “The Lobster” and the disturbing revenge story of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”. Both films are equally weird and have a distinct Lanthimos style to their mood, tones and cinematography. The same can be said about this new love triangle period piece.

In Lanthimos’s “The Favourite” Queen Ann of early eighteenth century England rules along with the help of Lady Sarah, her close friend. The queen soon becomes ill and eventually completely immobile. Due to her illness, she becomes increasingly devastated by her condition to the point where she rolls around in her wheel chair doing very little ruling, while still keeping her bizarre sense of humor and love for bunnies. Once a new servant named Abigail comes to her stead, she charms her, stirring up a mix of jealously and sexual politics.

This is a near perfect film, and one that will likely receive some recognition from the Oscars next winter. From an acting standpoint, the three main roles are superbly well done, with Olivia Colman shining brightest. Colman plays Queen Ann and portrays her unique personality perfectly. We feel for her character as she goes through her illness, and that is all thanks to Colman’s brilliant performance. Sarah is played by Rachel Weisz and Abigail by Emma Stone. Both are incredibly talented actresses, so it’s no wonder they were cast for these roles. But once their characters appear on screen, it is clear from that very moment that these roles were meant for them.

The screenplay here is something to be admired as well. While unlike his previous films, “The Favourite” is not written by Lanthimos, but is still very much his film. The screenplay was impeccably crafted by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The real reason, other than the performances, for the characters’ chemistry is the well written story. We cant help but care and root for certain characters as the story sucks audiences right in and refuses to let them leave until the story ends.

However, the most impressive aspect of this film is Lanthimos’s unique vision of the story. Lanthimos has a very unusual visual style to his films, which remind many movie fans of the works of the late Stanley Kubrick. He has been a clear influence on all his movies, especially “The Favourite”. This film reminds many of a more humorous and female led version of Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” with its time period, costume design, and camera angles and movements.

It seems beforehand that the subject matter is very serious, but “The Favourite” is very much a comedy. Sure, there are many dramatic and even traumatic moments in the film, but the story and characters does make viewers laugh. It’s more of a dark comedy that acts well as a multi-character study.

There are a lot of reasons to love “The Favourite” but all that is important to know is that it’s one of the most well-constructed movies of the year, with lots of talent both in front of the camera and behind. “The Favourite” is a fantastic work of art that pushes the boundaries of camera movements, direction, acting and character work.

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.

Fall Movie Preview: Suspiria

Suspiria (2018)On November 2nd, director Luca Guadagnino’s next film will be released. The talented director is most well-known for his latest film “Call Me by Your Name”, the beautifully shot and emotionally heartbreaking romance film of 2017. The movie received massive amounts of critical acclaim and plenty of award recognition with the Academy. Given Guadagnino’s talent, the same will likely occur with his upcoming horror remake “Suspiria”. If he can pull off both of these two films, one being a quietly beautiful romance and the other being a terrifying horror film, then he can make just about any story come to life.

The original “Suspiria” from 1977 was directed by Dario Argento, a talented visionary and his terrifying horror movie became a cult classic over the years. “Suspiria” became known as one of the most frightening movies out there, and even to this day, that couldn’t be more accurate. The film was about a young dancer named Susie Bannion who attends a ballet school in Germany. Only, the school is seemingly being run by witches. It’s horrifying in every sense and what makes it so terrifying is the cinematography, vibrant red colors, and score.

While it’s debatable on whether or not “Suspiria” really needed a remake, it still looks as though the new film may actually live up to its predecessor. It has been called a “remake” since it was announced but, Guadagnino has stated himself that the plot and characters will still be quite different from the original as Guadagnino’s version is meant to homage the classic, rather than copy it. Many remakes that are made today attempt to top their predecessors, but Guadagnino decided to go in the other respectable direction.

Other than the two trailers that have been released, the details of the film have been pretty hush hush. All we really know for sure is that that some weird and creepy stuff goes down at a dance academy. Based on the trailers, its pretty safe to assume that the visuals and music will be a vital reason for the terror, much like the original. We see lots of disturbing rituals, a few creepy looking figures, and plenty of violence that will surely result in lots of blood.

The film stars Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion, Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, Mia Goth as Sara, Angela Winkler as Miss Tanner, Lutz Ebersdorf as Dr. Jozef Klemperer and Chloe Grace Moretz as Patricia Hingle. While many associate Dakota Johnson with the ‘Fifty Shades” films, its important to note that she is playing a completely different character here, so her talent may actually shine in this role instead. It’s hard to say without having seen the movie, but based on the trailers, this looks like it will be one of her better performances. The remaining cast is quite talented as well, Tilda Swinton in particular. Although many have speculated that she isn’t only plays Madame Blanc. Word has gotten out that she also plays Dr. Jozef Klemperer and that Lutz Ebersdorf isn’t a real actor.  She would have to be wearing some pretty heavy make-up, but it isn’t a crazy theory.

The film premiered at Venice Film Festival last week and audiences were torn. While most agree that it was very well made, some of them weren’t too thrilled with how bizarre it was. Venice audiences either loved it or hated it, which shows signs of the film being like 2017’s “Mother!”, which completely divided audiences in half. Either way, many are looking forward to the film and it looks like it has the potential to even receive some Oscar recognition in the process, hopefully for cinematography, score, production design and more.

Its is difficult to say whether or not “Suspiria” will be commercially successful, as trivial as that is. Fans of the original will surely venture to theaters, but in terms of casual moviegoers, its hard to say. It may turn out to be loved by critics and hated by moviegoers, much like other nonconventional recent horror films like “The Witch”, “The Babadook” and “Hereditary”. However, despite audience’s reactions and critic’s opinions, it will surely be a unique experience and hopefully one that isn’t forgotten.

The Happytime Murders

Melissa McCarthy and Dorien Davies in The Happytime Murders (2018)Imagine you took “Muppets Take Manhattan” and combined it with both “Goodfellas” and “Deadpool”. All are great films, but when put together, it doesn’t stand a chance. Just because you like spaghetti and ice cream, that doesn’t mean you should try them together.

In “The Happytime Murders” a puppet/LAPD detective teams up with an old partner named Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy) to track down a murderer who is killing off the former cast of an old classic puppet tv show one by one. In this world, puppets and humans co-exist, only puppets are viewed as second class citizens. As multiple puppets are being viscously murdered, its up to this detective to save as many of the puppets as he can.

It’s a raunchy comedy with very little depth to it, not surprisingly. “The Happytime Murders” feels lifeless from start to finish, with pointless jokes thrown into the mix. All you need to know about the movie is that puppets do naughty things and that supposed to be funny because… they’re puppets. That is the entire purpose of the film. The crass humor may be funny at first, but then it continues to occur over and over again, with no different types of jokes. Every comedic moment in the movie is almost the same, which gets increasingly old as “The Happytime Murders” continues to derail itself scene by scene.

It’s almost as though the writers of the movie just wanted to ruin childhoods by creating an overly violent, crude and shocking puppet movie. The violence and crudeness are definitely there, but in terms of shock, it instead comes out as annoyance. Nobody was expecting Oscar winning puppetry here, but the fact that “The Happytime Murders” is as lifeless as it is, is extremely disappointing.

The only aspect of “The Happytime Murders” that saves it from being the worst film of the year is the Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph duo. After both actresses were on SNL and starred in the hilarious “Bridesmaids” together, they were both then known as some of the funniest comedic actresses working today. Maya Rudolph plays the puppet’s secretary and is actually funny on her own. While its not even close to being the performance of her career, she makes certain parts of the movie tolerable. McCarthy can be funny in this movie here and there, but her scenes alone are still surprisingly underwhelming. However, when teamed with Maya Rudolph, things seem like they’re getting better. That is, until the next dreadful puppet sequence.

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, and some drug material