M. Night Shyamalan’s newest thriller, Split staring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy is actually a breathe of fresh air when talking about the auteur directors other films. It was fantastically acted by McAvoy, who absolutely stole the show and kept a fast paced as the thrillers that we grew accustom to, with Shyamalan’s earlier movies. The movie is tough to talk about without spoiling much, but I will say if you are a fan of his early work or thrillers check it out. The camera work is great as well. Some amazing shots throughout the entire film that leave you unnerved. 3.5/5
Martin Scorsese’s modern masterpiece was almost all I had hoped it would be. Silence is the religious drama about Christian missionaries in Japan in the 1600’s. they are violently tortured until they renounce their faith. Silence is one of the most beautiful shot and most gorgeous films I saw all year. The film is a bit long, but not at the end. The ending had some editing problems and he began telling and not showing. The acting from the three leads , Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Nieson all kill in their performances and casting. The rest of the cast which I was not aware of all do a fantastic job and I was lost in a cinematic world of Martin Scorsese. The original cut was near four hours and Paramount would not release that cut. All in all I loved this movie, but it may not be for all movie viewers, but for anyone wanting to see the master at work on a true passion price of cinema. 4/5
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