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Icarus
Icarus (2017)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The documentary starts off with the goal of the filmmaker wanting to do better in a cycling race in France. To do this, he wants to dope and show how easy it is to beat the current compliance system. What he stumbles upon, is exposing the systematic doping by Russian athletes since the late 60's. This film rolls along and then the last 3rd turns resembles a spy thriller. It's quite amazing. Intrigue, spies, murder, governments...it's really good. It's streaming on Netflix now. Definitely worth a watch.

Moonlight
Moonlight (2016)
10 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 this....now, I'm not so sure. I loved La La Land but this film...it'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 film...it's unique.

Fences
Fences (2016)
11 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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 it...you'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 play...it'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
Lion (2016)
11 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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 backstory...it 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.