That moment when you feel guilty for laughing at a time that should be a sad or real moment. There were a lot of those moments in this hardcore and raw drama set in Ebbing Missouri. I had to look it up on imdb.com if this was under the category of a comedy. Believe it or not, it is considered a comedy, crime, and drama. That relief I felt finding that it was okay to laugh when I shouldn’t, was great. If any of you decide to go see this movie in theatres, for any reason than award considerations, you are in for a mixed emotion thrill ride with a A+ cast as you guide.
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The amazing Frances McDormand takes us on an emotional journey into the life of tough as nails Mildred Hayes who is having a tough time handling the death of her teenage daughter who was murdered by an unknown criminal. The case unfortunately was never solved which doesn’t give her any closer. I mentioned earlier that Mildred is tough as nails so she decides to challenge the local police and put a fire under their asses to solve the case after time has passed by posting a blunt, straight to the point, and to some graphic message on three distinctive billboards close to her home, to the chief of the town and lead on the case Chief Willoughby, played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson. This starts a spiraling reaction to not only the police but the whole town of Ebbing with people who agree and disagree with her tactics to obtain justice.
Wonder is one of those movies that reminds you to love the little things in life. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is full of heart, it’s inspiring, and just makes you feel good to be alive when you walk out of a theatre. There are many ways escapism works when you go to the movies and this film provides you with a reminder that even through the hard times we could be facing in our world today, it is possible to be happy and that positive attitude can be contagious to others.
This feel good movie involves Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie, a boy who is entering the fifth grade after being homeschooled by his mother, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts. This is his first time going to a public school which should be exciting for a kid but Auggie is a unique individual who has facial differences. Auggie and his family also including his Father, Nate (Owen Wilson), and sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) are concerned with how people will receive him because he looks different.
I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Stronger right on opening day because of a specific circumstance I will bring up later in this post. The movie told the story based on true events of a specific individual who was caught in the crossfire of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th 2013. That person is Jeff Bauman and his journey of rehabilitation after losing both of his legs during the tragic event.
If anyone is unfamiliar with his personal story, this movie will do a justice to give you an insight of how he was able to pick up and keep fighting and in the sense of the word get stronger mentally and physically. Turns out he was involved in helping the law catch the bombers involved during the attack. Including the close and unlimited amount of support from his family friends and on/off girlfriend at the time, he still has a long way to go to become the man he knows himself to be and build a life for himself after this random change in his life.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
Now when I say, “original ideas” I mean a movie that isn’t a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation. Logan Lucky is a heist movie and a funny one at that. Even though the movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean Eleven Trilogy) who is no stranger to making heist movies provided a fresh take on the type of movie which is also different from what he is use to from his previous heist films. I also love the fact that the tagline of this film speaks more on the history of his filmmaking vs. the movie itself which reads, “See how the other half steals”.
That is exactly what you are going to get. The film involves two brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are both “ride or die” for one another who decides that they want to pull a job during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Instead of the highly skilled members of Ocean’s team we are used to seeing from Soderbergh, we see the two brothers along with a mismatch crew making this journey not something to miss.
Katherine Bigelow brings the true events of the 1967 Detroit riots to the screen and tells the story about the monstrous and terrible act that took place at the Algiers Motel. Whether you know or not what happened during this horrible time in history, Bigelow shows the seriousness and disadvantage black people had during that time and place. It is intense to see the riots escalate and also difficult to witness on screen the point of no return that will probably stick with me for a long time.
I wrote a post on this movie’s trailer a while back very excited to watch this film and just see how far the film was going to go to give us suspense, action, and entertaining satisfaction. I got to say that for me I was pleasantly surprised with how much went on through this film that took place in a span of one day. Aside from an awkward beginning of the movie, The Call pt.2 Kidnap got started once they arrived at the park and never stopped until the very end.
Here is a trailer to remind you what I saw and what you can expect.