Saturday, July 06, 2019
The civil rights movement had its share of heroes and in Best of Enemies we meet two of them. People on opposite sides of school integration in North Carolina are forced to work together. They grudgingly work through the best they can. In the end, their best is pretty good. The pace of the film itself is a little slow, but it is an important civil rights story. An OK rental.
Friday, July 05, 2019
A bizarre trip to Sweden in Midsommar does not end well for several of the characters. A young woman joins her boyfriend and his pals to attend a remote festival. Things get weird and very violent. This film is beautifully shot and moves between the real world and the fantastical world in interesting ways. Though the film's violence is jarring, know that it is a horror film going in. Wild stuff.
Thursday, July 04, 2019
My parents loved opera. My Dad always said that Pavoratti was one of the finest tenors that ever lived. When the documentary Pavoratti came out I wanted to see it in a theater to experience the best sound. The film gives insight to his work, his method, his passions and relationships. And that voice. Mesmerizing. Dad was right.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
I had the pleasure of seeing Toy Story 4 with my granddaughter and daughter. Pixar revisits the toys coming to life in a new home with a few new characters. Still sweet. Still funny. I really enjoyed the character of Forky. Good for lots of laughs and a tear-jerker ending.
Friday, June 28, 2019
André Leon Talley is a fashion icon. As an editor at Vogue his influence is palpable. In the documentary The Gospel According to Andre his story takes shape and we learn his life story...in his words. Generous, creative, funny, warm and driven. His story is inspiring. Great documentary.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The life of author Astrid Lindgren has a heavy tone in the film Becoming Astrid. Her early life was not a happy one, and the movie hits hard on the times of her childhood and young adult years. There were a few times where I almost turned the film off because the turn of events were so sad. This is a very heavy drama. An OK rental.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
A zombie invasion of a small town lends itself to some very weird, very funny scenes in The Dead Don't Die. The cast is fantastic and some of the dialog is very self-aware that this is a movie, which is even more funny. Quite a ride.