Started out promising, but eventually just repeated scene after scene of Edith in a drunken rage, screaming and yelling. Surely she was more interesting than that. Perhaps they should have focused more on the music.
Didn’t enjoy this one. Didn’t even make it to the end.
By the same director/writer as my favorite movie of last year, Manchester by the Sea.
Love his writing. Really packs an emotional whallop. I love movies that are both tragic and funny.
I liked this movie quite a bit. Like all her work, I have trouble fitting it all together. What exactly she’s trying to say? What is the theme that ties it all together? These questions I have trouble answering.
On the other hand, her work is incredibly inventive, and I love the combination of music, words, and images. Five stars.
This movie really didn’t do much for me. It was ok, but certainly not my choice for Best Picture. Standard “it’s tough to be poor, black, gay, and from a dysfunctional home” film. Done reasonably well I guess. Second half was slow. Nothing really made it standout to me. I wouldn’t watch it again.
Saw Hidden Figures yesterday.
The history was interesting. A group of black women working at NASA in the “computing” department. One in particular, Katherine Jackson, played a significant role in solving the mathematical problems associated with the project.
The movie itself though is not so great. Boring script, very predictable plot, cliche-ridden, and teeth-grinding bad acting.
Good movie about the Catholic Church child abuse scandal. Centers around the investigation of the Boston Globe which to exposed the church. Watched it, ironically, on the day our esteemed president declared that “the press is the enemy of the American people”.
Directed and written by Hannes Holm. Swedish.
I liked it. Sort of the non-violent swedish version of Clint Eastwood’s Grand Torino. The movie is full of cliches, and the heart-warming ending can be seen coming from the very beginning. Still, the movie is highly enjoyable. The characters are believable, and their relationships feel right. It also has more than it’s share of laughs.
Saw new film by Jim Jarmuch. Enjoyed it much. So beautiful, so poetic. Adam Driver was a good choice for a Jarmuch movie, he fits right in with John Laurie, Tom Waits etc.
The poetry written for the film didn’t really make it with me. I missed the humor of some of the older movies.
Overall I really like it.
Saw “The Salesman”, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, a well-know Iranian director working inside Iran.
My impression was that the movie took way too long to get to the point. The last half-hour was engrossing as the movie worked it’s way to the climax. I suppose the theme was revenge vs. forgiveness, the husband taking the side of revenge, the wife forgiveness.
Farhadi also made acclaimed The Separation, which I did’t like so much, and About Elly, which I did.
Been trying to see some of the “big” movies of the year. List is roughly order of preference (best to worst).
- Manchester by the Sea
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Certain Women
Also saw Gimme Danger, Jarmusch’s documentary about Iggy Pop.