Review: In the Heights (2021)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5pTICZ2oegDirector: Jon M. ChuScreenwriter: Quiara Alegría Hudes Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Olga MeredizGenres: Drama,

Review: A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II is among the many theatrical releases that got postponed due to the pandemic, and is one that almost requires this kind of viewing, as opposed to the option of viewing through any number of streaming services -- not that there’s anything really wrong with streaming, but this film is one with such excellent sound design and thrilling scenes that would make it difficult to appreciate its technical qualities on a smaller screen.

Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

It's the kind of entertaining action/adventure flick that's not quite good enough to stand out from others in the genre, aside from outstanding work from the cast, including Angelina Jolie in her return to acting (after a several-year hiatus). 

Review: The Father (2020)

The Father is the last of this year's Best Picture nominees that I've seen; unfortunately, it wasn't released until last month, and only became available to rent until a couple weeks ago. You may wonder if it's worth $20 to rent, and it certainly is, especially if you consider how much it would cost for 2+ people to go to the movies, get popcorn, etc. I watched it with my mom, and even though we had to pause multiple times -- and watch over two days -- I still found The Father to be an extremely effective, sympathetic, authentic portrait of living with dementia.

Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

It's disappointing that a movie featuring such important, relevant material -- drug use, lynching, among others -- can be so, well, disappointingly bad. I certainly hope Lee Daniels redeems himself after this atrocity, and that Andra Day is able to find another script and filmmaker worthy of her talent; however, she has said that this role took so much out of her that she may never act again.

Review: Minari (2020)

Who’d have thought that Minari, a film that centers on an Korean immigrant family that tries to start a farm in Arkansas during the 1980s, would end up being the quintessential American film? It represents the American dream in ways both subtle and overt, and it irks me to no end that it has received numerous foreign film nominations, simply because a great deal of the dialogue is in Korean.

Review: Nomadland (2020)

Nomadland is currently the frontrunner for the Best Picture and Director Oscars (among others), and it’s easy to see why: it’s an extremely well-made contemplative film that probably isn’t for everyone due to its slow, introspective nature, but is popular among cinephiles like myself. The film is based on the book of the same name, written by Jessica Bruder (which I haven’t read, but now I want to).

Review: Promising Young Woman (2020)

How do I review a film that I unabashedly adore, and one that receives a rare perfect score from yours truly? It’s my favorite film of 2020 so far — there’s still more to see, but I highly doubt anything will be able to top this. Promising Young Woman marked my first time at a theater in person in several months…I’d heard amazing reviews from critics lucky enough to get to see the film a year ago, at Sundance; some even praised it as the best film of the year, and even though I was excited to see it, I doubted it could possibly be that good.

Review: In the Heights (2021)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5pTICZ2oeg Director: Jon M. ChuScreenwriter: Quiara Alegría Hudes Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Olga MeredizGenres: Drama, Comedy, MusicalMPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive references Release Date: 6/11/21Runtime: 2h 23min Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%Where to Watch: HBO Max, Theatres Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights Read More

Review: A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II is among the many theatrical releases that got postponed due to the pandemic, and is one that almost requires this kind of viewing, as opposed to the option of viewing through any number of streaming services — not that there’s anything really wrong with streaming, but this film is one with such excellent sound design and thrilling scenes that would make it difficult to appreciate its technical qualities on a smaller screen.

Ranking the Oscar Winners of the Last 10 Years

Now that the winners of the [much-delayed] 93rd Academy Awards have been announced, I decided to take a look at the winners — in all categories — from the past 10 years (the 2011-2020 seasons) and rank them. I will at some point also post a full Oscar history ranking, although there are many films I have yet to see (mainly older ones). 

Review: The Father (2020)

The Father is the last of this year’s Best Picture nominees that I’ve seen; unfortunately, it wasn’t released until last month, and only became available to rent until a couple weeks ago. You may wonder if it’s worth $20 to rent, and it certainly is, especially if you consider how much it would cost for 2+ people to go to the movies, get popcorn, etc. I watched it with my mom, and even though we had to pause multiple times — and watch over two days — I still found The Father to be an extremely effective, sympathetic, authentic portrait of living with dementia.

Reviewing the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

When Oscar nominations were announced last week, the Documentary Feature category was among the most surprising; acclaimed docs like Dick Johnson Is Dead, All In, and Boys State were all shut out, in favor of five diverse films, ranging from terrific to a disappointing and ineffective. Here are my reviews of the nominees, in order from best to worst.