I had a pretty good June as far as movie-watching is concerned. I didn’t break any records (2008 – 25 viewings) but I did triple my numbers from last year’s paltry 6 viewings. I made good progress in my Bond set and managed some memorable theater viewings. All in all not a bad month. You can see the full chronological list of my June viewings here. Continue reading
- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 2020 - ★★★★ November 27, 2020Chadwick 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.
- Soul, 2020 - ★★★★★ November 27, 2020Jesus, 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 […]
- Nomadland, 2020 - ★★★★½ November 27, 2020Frances 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 […]
- MLK/FBI, 2020 - ★★★½ November 27, 2020This doc is really well constructed through archival footage, recordings, newspapers, photographs, and displays of documents. The story it tells of Hoover and the FBI's efforts to discredit and undermine MLK and the civil rights movement is well-realized. Very solid documentary.
- The Assistant, 2019 - ★★★★ November 26, 2020The calm anxiety that flows throughout this movie is impressive. The Assistant showcases the monotony of daily life for Jane while keeping the more dramatic elements in the background. It shows us how normalized abhorrent behavior is in this setting and the effect is fantastic. There's a scene between Julia Garner and Matthew MacFayden that is masterful […]
- The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2019 - ★★★ November 25, 2020It's about what I expected. There's some whimsy to the story and Dev Patel does a fine job with a strong supporting cast. But I really wasn't captivated by the story. The more dramatic moments felt a bit hollow and unearned to me.
- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 2020 - ★★★★ November 27, 2020