The Birth of a Nation was as powerful as it was a great film. Writer, director, producer, and actor Nate Parker has made the best film of the year and I encourage all fans of film or great story telling to go see the film in cinemas. At times the movie reminds me of a Terrence Malick film with the beauty of the hairs and imagery. It will be a shame if Nate Parker does not receive some recognition at this year’s Oscars for multiple roles durring the production of this fine film.
Barry Jenkin’s coming of age story, Moonlight, is fantastic and one of 2016’s best films. Moonlight is about a young boy, Chiron who grows up in the streets of Miami. The film almost parallels 2014’s Boyhood by showing us a life of a boy and not just one arc. We see three different actors play young Chiron. The film is beautifully shot and emotional raw. The first act is my favorite as we see Chiron growing up as a shy confused young man. He meets Juan, a drug dealer who is more of a father figure and friend, played by Mahershala Ali. Oscar season is upon us and you definitely need to check out Moonlight before the big night! 5/5.
“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.”
Linkletter does it again. In this college baseball movie, there is little college or baseball involved in Everybody Wants some.The spitural successor to Dazed and confused feels just like we left the boys like Pink,Mitch, and Wooderson and followed them into their college days. A movie about finding yourself is just as much part Dazed and Confused as it is part Boyhood. With rapid fire jokes and machine gun dialogue that linkletter is famous for, Everybody Wants Some uses sex, beer, and baseball to deliver a great movie and throwback to what Linkletter does best, nostalgia and the feeling of a reality in a picture. The ensemble cast is the movie’s real gem. Headlined by Blake Jenner and including Wyatt Russel simpler killls their lines and the chemistry between the boys never misses a beat.The soundtrack is just as good as Dazed and Confused. 4/5
2/5- Tim Burton strikes out again. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not one of the better films from 2016. Full of plot holes and a less than interesting story about diversity while not having any real diversity in the film. Tim Burton’s latest fails to deliver where most of his other films do. He tries the weird out again while relying on outdated fx. I wouldn’t recommend watching this X-Men rehash.
Remeber is the geriatric Memento. An elderly man with dementia must complete his promise to his wife to kill the man who murdered his and his friends families, while they were prisoners in Auschwitz during Nazi WWII. Remeber has twists and turns like any great thriller. The story, while not entirely original proves to be enjoyable and very captivating. Remeber is steaming on Amazon prime video so watch it today !- 3.5/5 is
One of this year’s most real and terrifying films I saw all year. Krisha was a low budget film made in the director’s, Trey Edward Shults, house. Made for around 100,000 dollars, this March release was a traumatizing look into addition and the struggle of family and acceptance. The film is a horror film at its core. Krisha unravels more and more as she deals with her family she has worked so hard to push away. Krisha is streaming in Amazon now ! Check it out. 4/5
Nicolas Winding Refen’s modern day fairy tale, The Neon Demon is truly one of this year’s most ambitious and most beautifully shot films. The cinematography is stunning. The shots he achieves are gorgeous and horrifyingly all wrapped up in this two hour drama. The film is at its core about how innocence and beauty are consumed by ambition and narcissism. 4/5