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Moonlight (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

5 out of 5 Stars

Having not seen this before the Oscars I selected La La Land for best picture. Having just watched, I'm not so sure. I loved La La Land but this's unique...and excellent..and something that Maritha and I both commented that you rarely if ever see on the screen. It's heartbreaking to watch. I'm sure that there are some, probably many, who can relate to the trajectory of the character in this movie. There are universally relateable themes...trying to find oneself, afraid to follow your true path, not fitting in but...presented from a unique angle. I won't go more into it but it's well worth a watch.

The performances are solid...all of them. An excellent cast. Since the film goes from a young boy, to teenager, to young adult you see the character in different periods of his life and all of the actors portraying were outstanding.

I think that Mahershala Ali who won best supporting actor would not have been my choice...not that his performance wasn't excellent but I just found Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals stronger. However, Moonlight was a stronger film so...there you go.

See this's unique.

Fences (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

4.5 out of 5 stars
Another movie I saw last week. This is a good movie with great performances. Adapted from a play of the same name (Davis and Washington both won Tony's for their performances) this movie is like a freight train of words that hits you in the side of the head. It takes a few minutes to get used to the pacing.

Washington is " black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones." He's proud and she's strong.

There is a scene in this movie by Viola Davis that I count as one of the most powerful I've seen...maybe ever. There's no need for me to tell you anything about'll know it when you see it and it is one of the reasons Davis is up for an Oscar. I think she is terrific. I think Washington is great also but it's really Davis who shines throughout.

Again, this is a play turned into a movie that views like a's small, intimate and heavy on conversation. Highly recommended if for nothing else to see why Davis won her Oscar (ahhh...was that just an Oscar pick??)

Lion (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is such a good story...and it's based on a true story. A poor young boy (maybe 5 years old) in India gets onto a train to look for his brother. The train is not a passenger train and travels 1200 kilometers before he can get off. He survives in Calcutta until he is adopted by a couple from Australia. Later in life, while in Australia, when he hears about Google Earth, he decides to try to find his home. That's the premise.

The first third to half of the movie is about the young boy...and the boy is terrific...I think he should have received and Oscar nomination over Dev Patel who played the older version...well, maybe equally deserving. The movie is well balanced. The backstory doesn't feel like is a integral part of the movie.

I won't say too much about the movie other than if you are interested in a well shot, well acted and uplifting movie...this should be on your list.

Captain Fantastic
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

4.5 out of 5 Stars

You know what's ridiculous? This movie only made $6m. It's better than most movies I've seen in the last year. I don't understand it. Seriously. You put this or Manchester by the Sea in front of me to watch....10 out of 10 times I'd watch this.

Here's the premise: "Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them."

It's a thought provoking premise...teaching your children to be the best of the best...the most well educated, introspective to survive on their own...kill a deer, no problemo...scale a wall, easy peasy...but what happens when your actual universe is limited to your family? It's brilliant and whipsaws your thoughts from "this is awesome, I wish I could have lived like this" to "wtf...they have no clue of the real world." But is the success in the "real" world really something to strive for? Is it something that makes you happy? Without real world skills, are you really guiding your children to ultimate happiness? All good stuff.

The performances here are good. Viggo Mortenson is excellent as usual. He plays the introspective understated character better than almost anyone. He's up for an Oscar for his role here.

I can't imagine anyone not liking this movie. It has heart...and thought...and beauty. It has one of the best closing 15 minutes of any movie this past year. If you have Amazon Prime, it's like $6. Well worth it. I'm a fan...see it.

Arrival (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Another terrific movie. I saw this when it was first released and decided to see it again tonight. I'll say this again...Amy Adams is an underappreciated actress. Consistently giving terrific performances. In this movie, she carries it.

" Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams." That says it there. There's no weird alien encounters...just a thoughtful exploration of what an encounter would be like and why it might occur.

I found fascinating the breakdown of how to interpret a new language. The circular nature of the story. The question of would you change your future if you knew it. I found it all entertaining and interesting.

I'm a fan of Amy Adams and disappointed that she didn't get an oscar nomination (I think she's had 5 so far). The only other nominee I've seen this year is Emma Stone in La La Land. She certainly deserved a nomination. My guess is that the movie is too cerebral for voters or possibly they just don't like sci fi...which this is, but isn't. Either way, a great movie and highly recommended.