With Its utter uniqueness into the human and emotional qualities of everyday life , the Up series should be considered the Rosetta Stone of reality film. Long before the Loud family, "Boyhood" and the continuous roll out of the bio-pics, Apted and the gang continue to explore the English class system in "63 Up." Am a little concerned that this may be the last Up we get. Rest in peace Lynn Johnson. (1-26-20)
An unbelievable story of courage under fire directed with excellence and with the interesting gimmick of a seamless continuous shot. The leads were very good and 1917 keeps you on the edge of your seat. A sure Oscar winner. (1-22-20)
Thoroughly enjoyed every second of this very funny and moving film. Why Roman Griffith Davis who plays the young German boy did not receive an Oscar nomination for best lead actor is beyond me and best buddy played by Archie Yates was terrific. The whole cast was great. It has my vote for best picture of 2019. (1-20-20)
With some fine acting and beautiful cinematography this iteration of the March sisters didn't move the needle for me as much as it is advertised. The modern spin by Gerwig and the shifting chronology were distracting but despite those complaints Little Women was enjoyable. (12-31-19)
"Bombshell" further proves Charlize Theron is hands down the best actor (male or female) in the past twenty years. She is spot on as the Fox News bombshell Megyn Kelly as are Margot Robbie as up-and-comer Kayla and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. Any film that showcases Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Connie Britton, Allison Janney and Malcolm McDowell as a supporting cast can't fail. Director Jay Roach keeps "Bombshell" tight and suspenseful. Ailes was despicably savvy. (12-28-19)
The most original film of 2019 and it is wickedly funny and darkly disturbing all at the same time. The narrative and the actors were excellent. One of the better endings of a movie in quite a while. Class warfare at its best. (12-21-19).
Wanted to love this film 100% and I do for the most part but as much as I admire Tom Hanks only Fred Rogers can play Fred Rogers. Other than that and the contrived subway car scene, "A Beautiful Day..." was indeed very beautiful and fulfilling in its message - love is truly the answer. (12-14-19).
Kept putting off seeing "Joker" - the fanboy hype and the purported violence, but after seeing the accolades being thrown Joaquin Phoenix's way I gave in and glad I did. All my thoughts are positive thoughts about this movie. His performance is riveting and his cackling laugh and facial expressions are deeply haunting. "Joker" reminded me of another favorite film of mine- "God Bless America." Arthur Fleck could easily be Frank Murdoch's long lost son. Great soundtrack as well. Why so serious indeed! (12-11-19)
Not the best movie of the year but certainly the most entertaining so far. Rain Johnson crafted something more than a whodunnit murder mystery and all involved seemed to be enjoying the subtle snark of their characters. Notably Daniel Craig who seems to be channeling his Joe Bang role in Logan Lucky with the sweet tea drawl of his CSI KFC P.I. Benoit Blanc. Who knew murder could be this fun? (11-30-19)
Bale's performance really makes FvF and outstanding movie. Not many actors can effectively act without words but he can and does. Camera work and editing were also outstanding. Shelby is quite the character and Damon chews gum and scenery extensively. Only complaint is it ran about 20 minutes too long. Warning - do not drive after watching FvF. You just might get a speeding ticket! (11-24-19).
Enjoyed the TV series very much but the movie not so much. Wished I had a farthing for every time Lady Mary rolled her eyes. Fellowes tried to jam to much into the two hours and it just didn't click. Still so much better than the rest of the crap out there in cineplex land. (9-29-19)
What utter rubbish. Worst movie of this year, this decade, this millennium. In fact worst movie ever. If this is anything like what high school is these days then I truly weep for the future. 97% on the t-meter...I don't think so. Olivia Wide should never direct another movie ever (7-27-19)
Smart and funny Late Night is focused in on the behind the scenes look into the TV show process but more importantly woman of a certain age trying to stay relevant. Both Thompson and Kaling nailed it as the boss from hell and her acolyte. (7-6-19)
Love the music ...dislike the man. Rocketman failed to launch thanks to the misfiring of timelines and the acting. The levitation of EJ and the audience at the Troubadour was truly embarrassing. How did Bernie put up with this for 50 years? (6-15-19)
A gem of a movie as Branagh explores the most famous author of all time. He takes the Bard off the pedestal and examines the man behind the words. The ten minutes of repartee between Branagh and McKellen is the best ten minutes in a movie this year. Beautiful cinematography and music. (5-25-19)