Ford v Ferrari, writer-director James Mangold’s latest, is the last 2020 Best Picture nominee that I saw and, while it is thoroughly entertaining in some parts, it isn’t necessarily Best Picture material (whatever that means).
I had heard many things about Taika Waititi’s latest which, like Thor: Ragnarok and others, he not only directed but stars in — this time, as the one and only Adolf Hitler, but as an imaginary friend of 10-year-old Nazi fanatic Jojo (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis).
As an atheist aka non-believer, I wouldn’t say that I am the target demographic for this faith-focused, fact-based film starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, and Topher Grace. And, while I am a fan of Metz in particular and knew that she was talented enough to pull off the difficult role of the prayer-obsessed mother of an adopted son who gets into an accident with slim chances of survival, I wasn’t dying to see this movie.
I knew next to nothing about this Netflix-released animated film, and wasn’t planning to watch it until it received an unexpected Oscar nomination (it most likely replaced Frozen II). I was pleasantly surprised at how charming and entertaining it was.
Writer-director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) has crafted a war film that, on the surface — and from the trailers — doesn’t seem like anything all that original or different from others of the genre; the story centers on two British soldiers who traverse through no-man’s land to deliver an important message that can save thousands of lives.
I was reluctant to watch this documentary about a beekeeper in Macedonia, as I am vegan and I am unable to watch movies (fiction or documentary) that portray individuals using animals in any way. Yet, the woman featured in this movie — an indigenous woman who lives alone in the country with her ailing mother — treats the bees well; in fact, she calls them “my bees” because that’s how much she cares about them.
It is hard to describe the film Parasite to those who have not seen it, and I am glad that people have kept the twists secretive. The less you know about it, the better.
Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is a very difficult film to review because it is so unusual and bizarre and not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, after it was over, I almost said aloud, “what the f*** did I just watch?”
I had put off seeing the final film in the Skywalker saga for a few weeks — and not just because I’d been troubled by the poor-to-mediocre reviews from fans and critics alike. I didn’t want to see this franchise end, just as I was sad with the release of Avengers: Endgame (which I saw opening night).