Saturday, December 30, 2017
The beauty and fantasy of The Shape of Water is a thing to behold. This film delighted and amazed me. The story is creative and touching. The art direction is specific, yet lends an air of fantasy. The writing and acting is genuine and artful. I loved the story, I loved this film. What a pleasure.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
I had some time to myself on this Christmas Eve, so I took myself to the movies. Call Me By Your Name was my choice and Alamo Drafthouse was the venue. A boozy shake and french fries kept me company while I experienced one of the best films of 2017. A story of growth, sexual exploration and life-lessons that meant a lot, even to my old heart...right to the end. Watch the credit scene carefully, it is a masterclass in acting. This film is beautifully filmed, edited, written and performed with an amazing score. Such a gift, perfect for my Christmas Eve.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
An incident at the Algiers Motel in 1967 is at the heart of the film Detroit. The incident is reenacted in uncomfortable closeup. The racist violence inflicted of a group of young black people, and the lies told to protect the white law enforcement agents is appalling. This film is another reenactment of the injustices enacted in this country as a result of hate. Sad and uncomfortable, but important.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The con of a young wanna-be film maker plays out in See This Movie. Though he is flying by the seat of his pants and telling lie after lie, Seth Meyers pulls it off with his boyish charm. This is a cute comedy with a touch of raunch. I liked it.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
In the film Brigsby Bear we meet James. James is a young adult who has lived in a manufactured environment his whole life. When he is rescued from his abduction, he must learn socialization skills. He meets peers who help him along, and he brings the persona of Brigsby Bear. He is passionate, creative and innocent. This film is interesting, quirky and sweet. I liked this film.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
The classic heist film takes a twist in Logan Lucky with a great cast. A family who is famous for having bad luck, develop an elaborate scheme to rob a race track. The characters are interesting, sometimes funny, and there is a heart at the center of it all. This was a decent rental. I found it entertaining.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Most war stories involve men. In Megan Levey we meet soldiers that are canine and female. Levey is the handler of a bomb sniffing dog. The young Marine takes her job seriously, but struggles to be take seriously by her coworkers and family. Rex has behavior issues, but becomes a hero. I liked this story. I liked this film.