1More Film Blog

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 A Week Away (2021) Kenneth R. Morefield It's somewhat winsome, and the genres work together to avoid some of the pitfalls of other Christian films. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/4 Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman (2021) Kenneth R. Morefield The film works as a primer for those who have ever wandered through an antique store or leafed through an auction catalog and wondered why some furniture ends up on a trash heap and other furniture ends up in a museum. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
3/5 Antigone (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The film works best when Antigone is representative of the immigrant rather than of her gender. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2021
2.5/4 M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield How can an artist be simultaneously so loved, so admired, and so recognized while also garnering so little of a reputation? EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
2.5/4 Modern Persuasion (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield One senses (at least I did) that Lisecki and follow screenwriter Barbara Radecki get Austen's novel. Consequently, there is an attempt to be true to its themes and not just its plot points. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/5 Another Round (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield In its way, it is one of the best films about alcoholism I've seen, because it doesn't present those who suffer as being particularly depraved, stupid, or weak. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
3.5/5 Billie (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield James Erskine's Billie is a little gem of a documentary, more oral history than biography. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/4 Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Alex Gibney is the rare documentarian who usually ends up convincing me regardless of whether or not I start on the same side of his arguments. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 The Last Vermeer (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield In many ways, the film is a structural copy of Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The director's discussion of 'grace notes,' both in his own film and in those that influenced him, reinforce my belief that The Exorcist is 'spiritually significant.' EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield I think the film is so worried about us not having an uplifting cinematic experience that it never risks presenting the ugliest parts of Vance's culture as unmitigatedly ugly. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Finds the sweet spot between deconstruction and regurgitation. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 Nomadland (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield On paper, films about homelessness sound angry or strident, but this film is more about the sadness and loneliness that accompanies alienation. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/4 Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield The singular thing about Harry Chapin is not that he promoted causes in and through his musical performances but that he managed to do so in a way that endeared rather than alienated him from most listeners. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/4 The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield The film is effective, and I recommend it, but it struggles to find a frame for the story that makes it significant beyond the bare facts of the individual case. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
2.5/4 Martin Eden (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield What Martin Eden gets right are the feelings of betrayal and disillusionment. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 Native Son (1951) Kenneth R. Morefield Why is it essential then? Every now and hen you get a glimpse of the deeper horrors of the book, even if they are just passing allusions to what the novel insists is omnipresent EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 A Call to Spy (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield It's impossible during these politically divided times not to be struck by how often and frequently in our history those who have been marginalized by their culture have striven and sacrificed for the betterment of all. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
2.5/4 Driven to Abstraction (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Why is the contemporary art scene susceptible to such flimsy, easily exposed frauds? And why did it take so long for such obvious lies to be challenged? EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
2.5/4 Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Story (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield When the documentary takes us into the classroom ... we begin to understand that there is a purpose behind these exercises. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
2/5 Tesla (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Like it's subject, Tesla is sure to leave a trail of admirers unsure if they are being conned or just witnessing genius so highly elevated that it is incomprehensible to mere mortals. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
2/4 Made in Italy (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield There is plenty of Tuscan countryside to look at while the characters are figuring out what we already know. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
2.5/4 Summerland (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Arterton's character writes about folklore, so it is no surprise that the film will have lots of self-referential dialogue about stories, where they come from, and how they shape us. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
2.5/4 Boys State (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield What is discouraging here is [...] how painfully self-aware and unapologetic they are about going against their own convictions simply to win. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
3.5/5 Nakom (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield Nakom is understated but implacable at illustrating the impossibility of negotiating any middle ground between independence and enmeshment EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 Flannery (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield While I do wish that O'Connor studies were further along in the pendulum swing away from personal testimonials and more toward historical analysis, I think this biography takes some small steps in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 Greyhound (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Commander Ernest Krause is a hero in the classic Hanks mode. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
3.5 Corpus Christi (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield What makes Corpus Christi disturbing, in a good way, is that the deviant struggles harder against circumstance than the conventionally pious. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 Skyman (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield In a scripted movie, even one without special effects, we know in the back of our head that anything could happen with equal plausibility. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
2/5 Selfie Dad (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Christians have never done comedy particularly well... EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
3/5 Chained (1924) Kenneth R. Morefield Perhaps our understanding and appreciation of great auteurs would be enhanced if we would stop dismissing and explaining away their marginal and marginalized films. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
2/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Dad's death is a giant Maguffin, which is a tad offensive. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
2/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield At no point does the film trust anyone - audience or onlooker - except Johanna to get the point unless Johanna verbalizes it for us. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 A White, White Day (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield A thriller form Iceland, the film may lose some with its deliberate pace and hushed tones, but it is worth sticking with. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/5 Bortom det synliga - filmen om Hilma af Klint (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield One needn't have a B.F.A. to see the striking resemblances between Klint's works, painted years earlier, and those of vastly more lauded male artists who came later EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
3/5 Desert One (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield What I'm not conflicted about are the comments from the military operators themselves and their families, few if any of whom have been given the same degree of attention as the hostages over the years. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2020
3/5 Streetlight Harmonies (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield The film opens by telling us that there have been only twelve vocal harmony groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It goes on to introduce us to some of them... EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
2/5 Hooking Up (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield It's a road trip, sex farce, interracial romcom, cancer movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2020
2/5 EMMA. (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Emma is, admittedly, a singularly tough novel to adapt for the screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
1/4 The Invisible Man (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield So it falls to me to be that guy. The woke critic who points out that the film sadistically brutalizes women for 120 minutes of entertainment in order, ostensibly, to tell us that brutalizing women is bad. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 Burden (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield One of the things I appreciated about Burden is that it allowed for some space within the African-American community to disagree with Reverend Kennedy's approach and actions. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
2.5/4 Top End Wedding (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The clash of cultures was an integral part of the story without it being a cheap shortcut for generic laughs EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Kenneth R. Morefield Of the many things I hate about this origin story, perhaps the thing I hate the most is the way it uses mental illness as a cheap plot device to make Harley's underlying character entirely malleable. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3.5/5 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Kenneth R. Morefield The 'bitter tea' of the title is, of course, a not so veiled allusion to the cup of suffering that Christ asks to be taken from him but to which he says "not my will, but yours be done." EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Structurally, thematically, rhythmically, the show is built around 'Memory.' If that song brings the house down, nothing else matters. If it doesn't... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield There is a certain amount of chutzpah in suggesting that the key to understanding this story is that it is less about prejudice against conservatives or liberals than it is about prejudice against fat people. Sometimes chutzpah pays off, though EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 63 Up (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield So, yes, I have reservations, but they are "film critic" reservations. Will most people care whether it's a film or a mini-series? Not really. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield More or less indistinguishable from the newer Mission: Impossible films that always seem to garner raves, excepting the fact Kristen Stewart is consistently funnier than Simon Pegg. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield I will probably get a few digs from my friends for insisting that Ford v. Ferrari is not only entertaining but also smart. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2.5/4 The Report (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield The Report is at its best when it insists that the torture isn't the real scandal so much as the politicizing of oversight. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019