Dolemite Is My Name (★★★)
I enjoyed this film so much. A lot of it follows the structure of a typical Ed Wood-style biopic. What makes it stand out are the performances of EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in this film. Everyone brings such passion to their roles. Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes are the stand-outs. It’s an incredible story of persistence that is well worth seeing when it drops on Netflix.
What a thrill. In many mystery-driven films like this you find yourself trying to predict the outcome. I was 50/50 the whole film and still surprised by every twist and turn. The clues hidden in the dialogue, background, and small details add such depth to the film, and replay value. It’s a textbook solid thriller that I highly recommend.
Ride Your Wave (★★★)
This film warmed my heart so much. It deals so delicately with themes of grief and perseverance. It was such a great release from all the dread and cryptic films I had seen at the festival. A solid story, with unique/interesting characters, that gave me goosebumps a number of times – something a film hasn’t done in quite some time.
Long day today! After 3 consecutive movies I felt a bit fatigued. My eyes were straining hard during “The Happiness of the Katakuris,” didn’t help that I really didn’t enjoy that film – but I’ll post my reactions in a bit.
Today I’m most excited for “Color Out of Space” starring Nicolas Cage and adapted from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft – right up my alley. My groups is going to see “The Golden Glove” in the 2:30 slot, but I don’t do well with excessive gore, so I chose “Happy Face.”
It’s not that I can’t handle the gore, it’s just that I get annoyed when it’s gratuitous. A shot lingers on blooding, organs gushing too long and I think “Okay, I get it.”
Really looking forward to the debates tonight too! This being my first legit film festival I see the panels as being a way to give my eyes a break from the screen. Also I love a good debate.
“Jojo Rabbit” will kick off my Fantastic Fest experience! Director/co-star Taika Waititi is planning on being in attendance, but running into him would only be a bonus. This is one of my most anticipated films at the festival.
Earlier this year it was one of the top contenders in my Oscar Predictions. It fell down quite a few notches after it premiered in Toronto to some divisive reviews. Although the reviews are mixed to moderately-high the film went on to win the Audience award at TIFF.
This is Quentin Tarantino’s best film.
It is no contest. Pulp Fiction was wildly unique when it first premiered at Cannes in the 90s, and it remains wildly unique to this day. Many films have tried to replicate its structure and its aesthetic, but it always felt inauthentic when stacked against Pulp Fiction itself.
One of the biggest criticism of Tarantino’s trademark style is that he takes elements from earlier films, and that his “style,” while bombastic, shouldn’t be praised for being “unique.”
This post will actually be void of spoilers. I know, right.
I find myself in several pop-culture conversations daily. The most engaging debates usually involve 3 franchises: Marvel, Star Wars and more recently Game of Thrones.
The truth is, however, the quality of “Game of Thrones” this season has mostly adopted a consensus – great cinematic moments, bad writing/character development and a rushed pace.
I have been less vocal about the quality loss this season, however, because the most significant drop came one season prior. I’ve also been very vocal about show-runners Weiss/Benioff not being particularly skilled at their craft.
Last Update: 02/20/19
A Star is Born
What a year. So many great and diverse films. I’m still powering through many of them, but it is probably one of my favorite movie-years of this decade.
The Academy, however, will love some of the lesser films *cough* Bohemian Rhapsody *cough*, regardless many of the predictions seemed a little less complicated this year.
Without further ado, here they are:
Last Update: 01/14/19
A Star is Born
If Beale Street Could Talk