I had originally seen Snowpiercer, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s first English-language film, a few years ago. But, perhaps I wasn’t paying that much attention before, as I forgot much of what had transpired the second time I watched it (with nearly 100% attention). I’d forgotten how violent and bizarre it was; but, also, I think I appreciated the impressive scope of the filmmaking more this time, especially after having seen Ho’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite.
Project Power is the sort of movie that needs to be seen in theaters, but seeing as nearly all theaters were closed when it was released, it made sense to do so through Netflix. Although, to be fair, despite the film’s expensive special effects and high-watt stars like Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the quality might not have been high enough to warrant a theatrical release.
Tenet is a very difficult movie to review, perhaps because it’s so darn confusing. It’s the kind of film, like writer/director Christopher Nolan’s previous ones, needs to be viewed multiple times in order to at least have a basic grasp of what is transpiring. His latest, which was the first film I saw in theaters after Regal Cinemas [temporarily] reopened, is his most confounding one yet — in fact, the only one who is 100% sure of what is going on is, more than likely, Nolan himself.
Birds of Prey (or whatever its title is now) is infinitely better [in a number of ways] than the abysmal Suicide Squad — and, thankfully, that’s largely due the film focusing on the best thing about Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
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).
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.