Friday, December 28, 2018

Network (1976)

I had not seen the movie Network in many years. I saw it in the theater when it came out, and I feel like we must have rented it back in the days of VCRs. After hearing several people on podcasts refer to the film I decided it was time for another look. Boy does this movie hold up. The portrayal of corporate networks and reality TV in the interest of profits is still relevant. The writing and performances are outstanding. Great rental.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

American Animals

As a heist story American Animals is fascinating. Teenage boys discover valuable books right under their noses and decide this is their easy road to wealth. They are mistaken. Things do not go according to plan and the bumbling buys them a world of trouble. This is a true story and it is well done. This is a pretty good rental.

Monday, December 24, 2018

If Beale Street Could Talk

My Christmas Eve film this year was If Beale Street Could Talk. I had the opportunity to go to The Angelika Film Center in NYC to experience this lovely film. The story of Tish and Fonny is sweet and tender, yet fraught. The depiction of the 70s is nostalgic, especially in the costumes. Beautifully shot, sincerely performed, the words of Baldwin are done proud. This film deserves more than one viewing.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles

In The Christmas Chronicles Kurt Russell gives us a version of Santa Claus that is confident, funny, creative, macho and funky.The story of a sister and brother who stow away on Santa's sleigh is a fun take on what could happen on Christmas Eve. I liked this little slice of holiday fantasy. Well done.

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Spy Who Dumped Me

The story in The Spy Who Dumped Me is nothing special. Bad guys chasing innocents for a flash drive with spy information on it. The reason to see this film are Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon's performances. Talented and funny, these two light up every lame situation. They give it their all. Though it is so poorly written, I enjoyed watching these two work. This is an OK rental.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In The Miseducation of Cameron Post we meet a young girl with same-sex attractions. Her guardian decides that this will not do and sends her to a conversion therapy facility. The more depictions I see of this practice, the more disturbing I find it. The young actors in this film give very genuine performances. Some events are jarring, but I liked the way it ended. Hopeful. Good film.