Premise: An alternative high school in small-town Indiana is the last, best chance for four struggling teens to earn a diploma. Their dedicated school administrator holds out hope that this is the year they can overcome their obstacles. A heartbreaking and hopeful portrait of teens trying to rise above their circumstances.
Purely by coincidence today turned out to be a "family in the 80s moves somewhere remote where the father hopes to make a name for himself at the expense of his family's happiness" double feature between this and Minari.The Nest was overall pretty okay. There is some particularly strong acting by Carrie Coon and Jude Law. The scenes where they […]
Beautiful family drama. I loved spending time with these characters. The contrast in tone between Jacob and Monica's argument at the beginning of the movie and the one at the end underscores the strong writing. Loved it.
Kurosawa considered Kagemusha to be the "dress rehearsal" for Ran. After this first viewing, I was more engaged with Kagemusha, and didn't end up liking Ran as much. That could change with subsequent viewings.The scope and beauty of Ran is crazy, though. It's so vibrant and beautiful while also being violent and heavy when it needs to be. […]
Chadwick Boseman's final performance underscores just how tremendous a loss his passing is. He and Viola Davis are both incredible and the dialogue and set design are of extraordinarily high quality as well. Incredible movie.
Jesus, what a beautiful and brilliant movie. Similar in spirit to Inside Out (also directed by Pete Docter) and Coco, Soul is a stunning rumination on humanity itself. Expertly studying and demystifying complex existential ideas and concepts, Soul arrives at heartfelt and uplifting conclusions about what makes life worth living and what it means to reconnect […]
Frances McDormand gives one of the best performances I've seen all year in this movie. The entire film is complex feelings laid out in a realistic, lived in world. Fern is an extremely captivating character. She's silently dealing with the loss of not only her husband, but her community as well. She seems to adopt the nomad lifestyle out of necessi […]