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June 23, 2019 at 6:55 am #1202948580
Late Night (2019) contains a superb performance by Emma Thompson that deserves awards recognition throughout the awards season next year. The film is wonderful, not great cinema, but an enjoyable, entertaining fun film. Mindy Kaling and John Lithgow give excellent performances. It is crisply directed and written and a joy to watch! (:June 23, 2019 at 7:34 am #1202948591
Atonement: What a gut punch. Before I delve into the film itself, it must be said that Dario Marianelli’s score is one of the best scores of any film. The incorporation of miscellaneous non-instruments, such as the typewriter in the opening song and the soldiers singing on the battlefield, was mesmerizing and masterfully done. Every interlude elicits emotions of pure joy or absolute devastation. The cinematography is gorgeous and the costume design is spectacular. It easily should have bested There Will Be Blood and Elizabeth: The Golden Age in each of those categories, respectively. Although the plot gets somewhat disjointed at times with the interpolation of flashbacks, the final scene and its revelation left quite an impression on me. I can honestly say that I have continued to think about this film in the days following my viewing of it, which speaks to how powerful the story truly is. In terms of the acting, everyone essentially knocks it out of the park. James McAvoy is the best, with some of the greatest dramatic scenes of the picture. His breakdowns are shattering and his quiet moments display an immense amount of nuance. Keira Knightley delivers one of her strongest turns. She actively avoids playing Cecilia with child-like flourishes, which better fits the character and emphasizes the dichotomy of Knightley’s older sister and Saoirse Ronan’s Briony. Ronan gives one of the best child performance, forcing you to despise her within minutes of her first appearance on the screen. Her witnessing of Cecilia and Robbie in the library is perhaps the best emotional reaction I have seen a child actor give. Romola Garai does a great job of embodying the now regretful and troubled young adult that Briony has become. However, the Briony I was most infatuated by was Vanessa Redgrave, who nails every mannerism. Every sense of contrition she is attempting to reconcile is palpable. In all honesty, I wish Redgrave had scored a nomination for this, as she effectively steals the show with so little screen time. McAvoy was a strong contender as well that I still strongly to determine if he makes my final five or not. Knightley is a close runner-up, but she gives a career best in one of the most tragically beautiful movies I have ever seen. Overall, this film is devastatingly amazing and worthy of the high praise.
The Savages: Witty, heart-breaking, and endearing. Those descriptive words are fitting for both the picture itself and the performances of the three central actors: Hoffman, Linney, and Bosco. Linney is captivating as the daughter of Bosco’s character, attempting to cope as she spirals through a mid-life crisis. Hoffman is just as strong, as he masterfully begins to unveil his own personal turmoils. The scene following the interview at the more prestigious rehabilitation center is Hoffman’s sheer talent exploding into view. Bosco is hilarious with his comedic flare, but him lashing out at his children as they try to make the best of his new situation brings the picture even further in its approach to realism. This movie encapsulates loss and hopelessness in the most human way. All three actors deserved nominations and Tamara Jenkins would have been a worthy winner for Best Original Screenplay. Easily one of the best films of 2007.June 23, 2019 at 11:31 am #1202948781
Dark Phoenix: one of the worst films of the year for sure.
Men in Black International: some funny moments, but it ended up being very unnecessary. Tessa Thompson was a little miscast.
Always be my Maybe: not the best actors to carry a whole film. The film needed to be much funnier.
The Blues Brothers: hadn’t seen it ever. Really. Very fun.
Whats Love Got to do with it: I need to watch The Piano again just to make sure this isn’t one of the biggest robberies in Oscar history. I know it’s not, I just need to watch Hunter again to be sure…again. (Not a big fan of Bassett’s performance once Tina leaves Ike. She immediately turned into typical Bassett when that moment came).June 23, 2019 at 12:09 pm #1202948806
Everybody Knows (2018) directed by Asghar Farhadi. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this Spanish film about a kidnapping of a teenaged girl and it’s effects on a family and a community in a wine-growing region of Spain. Lots of twists and turns, suspenseful and beautifully photographed. Definitely worth watching and so much better than I had been led to believe based on reviews I had read last year.June 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm #1202948858
The Secret Life of Pets 2, is my most current movie I’ve seen.June 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm #1202948909
“Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” (1969): I avoided watching this film for the longest time when I shouldn’t have. Westerns are probably one of my least-favorite genres, give or take horror. All of this was amazing, and it reads surprisingly modern for a Western. I can I see why it was such a huge box office sensation of its time (#1 film of 1969) and helped revitalize the genre. It’s certainly not your grandfather’s Western, and for that, I’m grateful. There’s usual screen chemistry, and then there’s what Paul Newman and Robert Redford accomplished here, working together as this singular unit, completely in-sync yet wholly distinctive as separate entities. Conrad Hall was a genius. The cinematography was absolutely superb. With William Goldman’s recent passing, I wondered about his Oscar win and how someone who penned the Screenplay for “All the President’s Men” could also do this. It manages to be many things at once: a buddy comedy, a neo-Western, a heist film, a romance narrative, and a road trip movie lol. Katharine Ross was also very good in a key supporting role as the love interest. I read that George Roy Hill was a difficult director to work with, but I guess this wasn’t an issue for Newman or Redford, as both men willingly worked with him again in the Best Picture winner “The Sting.” This film also contains the Oscar-winning song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” an oddball and dopey song that clearly stood the test of time in pop culture, but is jarringly placed here (and not a drop of rain in sight lol). Regardless, I loved this film and will likely watch it many times more.June 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm #1202951629
John Wick: Parabellum – 8 out of 10
The choreography of the action sequences is SUBLIME! Never seen anything like it since….The Matrix. The 3rd installment is better then the 2nd one
Dark Phoenix – 5 out of 10.
I was going to see this in theatres anyway, and was surprised that the movie was not garbage
Widows – 6.5 out of 10.
I had high hopes for this one. The movie is too long! Great acting with Elizabeth Debicki being the standout. I got more and more invested in her storyJune 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm #1202951743
I watched the sixth sense for the first time in forever and I forgot how great of an actress Toni Collette was!!June 26, 2019 at 7:46 am #1202952466
I finally watched The Danish Girl last night and Jesus what a mess lol. The script was just terrible. There were moments which were supposed to be emotional that ended up coming off quite funny because of how cheesy the dialogue was. It’s hard to critique the performances because the writing did the actors zero favors, but Redmayne was just all kinds of wrong here. His idea of how a woman behaves and acts and walks and carries herself was kind of offensive? And I’m not a woman lol. Also, the idea that, in the beginning of the film, Redmayne’s character suddenly realizes he is a woman simply by wearing woman’s clothing was quite odd. Vikander was good in, once again, such a poorly written role. One of the reasons I didn’t like this film and am not enthusiastic at all about its performances is that it felt like every scene, especially in the second half of the film, was this “Oscar clip” type moment. There was crying and arguing and making up and more crying that it kind of just made you feel numb to the emotion it was trying to convey. Vikander’s win definitely won’t age well especially when Rooney Mara was right there (even if Mara was lead – so was Vikander lol), but I do think Vikander is quite talented which is why I pretend she won for Ex Machina instead. But yeah anyway, Hooper just isn’t a good filmmaker lol. I did shamelessly love Les Mis though, but I don’t think I’ll ever get excited about another one of his films after seeing this one.June 26, 2019 at 7:53 am #1202952476
Late Night (2019)- 7 out of 10
I thought the script was sharp and Thompson was great. Thought it was funny enough and I enjoyed how light it felt. Wish there were more good studio comedy movies because sometimes I just want to watch something easy.
John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019) – 3 out of 10
I was really looking forward to this movie, but I came to the conclusion the franchise just isn’t for me. I’ve enjoyed the John Wick films less with each installment. While everything looks great and is really sleek, I was bored throughout the majority of the film (with the exception of two or three scenes). I also abhorred the dialogue and the acting but neither of those things truly matter here. If I want to see stylized action, gorgeous cinematography, and thrilling set pieces I’m going to stick with the Mission Impossible Franchise.
My personal Top 5 of 2019 so far:
1) Parasite 2) The Farewell 3) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 4) The Irishman 5) Knives OutJune 29, 2019 at 12:52 pm #1202956090
Just watched Sweet Charity (1969) and I enjoyed every single moment. Such a classic</p>
Re-watched it yesterday after finishing Fosse/Verdon a couple of days ago.
I just hated it; when I saw it for the first time, I judged it mediocre but now after so many years, I changed my mind and judge it bad. There’s no story, no charm, and MacLaine is unbearably over-the-top. I wonder whether it’s all about Verdon and without her, it’s just nothing.
Happy to see that you do not consider your time wasted on this junk.June 29, 2019 at 1:32 pm #1202956143
The Truman Show. 10 out of 10!July 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm #1202960307
Directed by Ari Aster, starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Will Poulter.
Um, okay, so this movie was definitely a trip. A heavy amount of drugs were taken by Aster to make this that’s for sure lol. The intro was amazing (probably one of my favorite movie openers, even the credits are terrifying), then you’ll have to wait for the next hour for things to start pumping. From that point on, the movie is basically one long, strange trip (stoners will probably get the best out of this lol). My brother swore off from going to anymore of his films because it was too weird lol. This was the unintentional comedy film of the decade for sure and I was living for it. “Think of all the Swedish women you get to impregnate in June” lol.
Florence Pugh is freaking amazing in this. There’s not much in terms of dialogue for her like Colette had, but she absolutely kills it and needs a nomination for this. Definitely my favorite performance this year so far. Aster’s direction is absolutely amazing in this, so is the killer Haxan Cloak soundtrack and cinematography. They all need noms. Overall, the pagan horror genre just gained another classic, an amazing one at that, and Pugh held this film altogether with her soul.
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Also got banned because...reasons? So, I guess ciao.July 7, 2019 at 8:17 pm #1202965324
“Late Night” (2019): This was a highly engaging film with a surprising amount of heart to it. Emma Thompson was absolutely radiant throughout. Mindy Kaling practically wrote a love letter to Thompson with the role, and for that, I’m grateful. Some aspects felt unrealistic and pat to me (let’s get a female late-night talk show host to have even a fraction of Letterman-level longevity in real-life first, mmmkay?), but the characters’ journeys were both enjoyable and predictable. I liked many of the supporting guys here too, like Reid Scott, Hugh Dancy, and especially John Lithgow. A lesser film would have made all the men disposable entities. It’s sad that something this smart and bright didn’t find its audience. I wouldn’t have minded a fall release date to have a genuine Oscar qualifying run, but I can’t continually rail against no serious summer fare and then want a viable candidate to sit it out until November. Oh well. Maybe a more sweet spot release date would have been August? I doubt this goes farther than the Globes, unfortunately, but any mentions for Kaling’s screenplay and Thompson would be great to see happen.
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