Friday, January 4, 2019
MINI MOVIE REVIEWS. THIS YEAR THERE'S NO NEED TO MAKE THEM LONGER!
IT'S THE AWARDS SEASON SO WE'RE ALL INUNDATED WITH SCREENERS AND PROMO KITS. IT'S THE "BIG MONEY GAME AT ITS WORST.
LET'S TALK WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT IS NOT (in my opinion)
Oh, yes. The movie business has been ruined for years ever since huge corporations took over the studios. Were subjected to "Batman #23," etc. Thank God for independent movie-making. That's about acting and stories. I will say that when "Moonlight" won the Oscar, it was one giant step for peoplekind. But, what happens in that case---there's no blockbuster movie to drive viewers to the actual Academy Awards show, so, now, each year, the Academy flails about switching producers and hosts at will, and their ratings sink lower and lower. The Oscars become less relevant every year, except to those who get them, of course, and the the money-backers of those movies. Ask any person, not in the industry, who won Best Supporting Actress last year, and they'll have no clue. They may not even remember the Best Movie.
So here's goes the game again:
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS--I've tried to watch it three times and can't get through it. The actors were wonderful; the production looks sweepingly grand. Maybe I'll try a fourth time.
COLD WAR--It will probably win Best Foreign Film. It certainly is the most hyped. I really liked it. It was brooding, sexy, and strange. Incredible cinematography.
THE FAVOURITE--Well, you just have to see it. It's shocking, hilarious, inventive, and wild. I had no clue. Olivia Coleman's performance is one of the best and most memorable I've ever seen. And, Emma and Natalie, you are brave actresses.
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK--One of the best movies of the year in every way. Don't miss it. It's searingly honest and unpretentious. It's just true. Extraordinarily well done.
PRIVATE LIFE--It's another "TV movie" that was elevated to theatrical because of the casting of Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn. It's about infertility. OK. Seen it all before. Only reason to see it (on Netflix--easier) is for their performances.
VICE--Well, it's all about the fantastic performance by Christian Bale. I loved Amy Adams, too. The script plays fast and loose with history in such an obvious way, that you soon realize you should watch it as if it were a cartoon.
MARY POPPINS--Why did the move not open well? Why was there some sort of backlash? I REALLY disapprove of re-makes. That's such an easy way out for a studio. BUT, I LOVED THIS ONE. I smiled for two whole hours.
MULE--It's a perfect "exit movie" if Clint Eastwood wants to retire. He's flawless at playing himself. I liked it.
FIRST MAN---Sorry, but I've seen enough astronaut movies and mini-series. I like Ryan Gosling's eyes. Movie is BORING.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY--A little too PG for me, considering Freddie Mercury's life. But, I loved every second of it. Rami Malek gave an Oscar-worthy performance. And, make-up and special effects people----the fake teeth were still too big.
THE WIFE--Pleasant to watch. Worth the couple of hours. Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce were terrific. Does Glenn deserve an Oscar. It's waaaayyy overdue. If she gets it for this movie, it's just that voters simply think "it's time." She has done so many movies for which she really deserved it.
WIDOWS--Very entertaining and involving.
AND, MY FAVORITE MOVIE FOR THE YEAR IS STILL---THE GREEN BOOK
( did mini-reviews in a previous blog of other movies for this year)