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: The Mauritanian (2021)

I was fortunate to get to watch a screening (through The Hollywood Reporter) of The Mauritanian, one of the last movies to be released during this incredibly long awards season. It's a very powerful story, directed by veteran filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, featuring a couple of solid performances but is inconsistent in its story and execution. 

Review: Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

I could probably write a whole book about everything that's wrong with this movie. What keeps me from assigning it the lowest grade imaginable is Close's performance, but I don't think it's enough to win her the Oscar, nor is it enough to make me recommend that anyone watch this.

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: Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider is more about Croft’s bravery, intelligence, and determination. In her first leading role post-Oscar win (for The Danish Girl), Alicia Vikander shines and her months of training for the role clearly paid off. She is almost too pretty for the role and when she was originally cast, many doubted that she could do it physically (no one doubts her talents as an actor). But she definitely proved everyone wrong.

Review: RBG (2018)

RBG was released just a couple weeks after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War and, even though one is fact and the other is fiction, the two have more in common that one might expect for a documentary and a science-fiction/fantasy epic. They both feature superheroes, the woman at the center of RBG being much more of an unlikely one than the expected ones in Avengers.

Review: Chappaquiddick (2018)

Chappaquiddick may or may not be an accurate representation of what transpired over the course of approximately one week in the late 60’s. While the late Senator Ted Kennedy — known as the “Lion of the Senate” — expressed his guilt over what had happened, he never told us [the American people] what exactly occurred.