Saturday, February 9, 2019

Minding the Gap, 2018 - ★★★★


Bing Liu is a budding filmmaking superstar. His very personal tale of him and two friends lives in Rockford Illinois is one of the best documentaries of the year. Liu is able to get real and raw emotion from his friends, including a remorseful and powerful recounting of a troubled marriage from his Mother. Like Jonah Hill's Mid 90's, Minding the Gap illustrates clearly how skating can be a true outlet for troubled youth in America. I actually enjoyed Won't You Be My Neighbor and Free Solo more than this, but it still is well deserved of it's Oscar nomination.

What Men Want, 2019 - ★★½

Unfortunately all the funny moments were in the trailer. Taraji is game but the rest of the cast is kinda lukewarm. Super weird resurgence by Brian Bosworth and a random cameo by Karl Anthony-Towns. Definitely wait for video for this one.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Prodigy, 2019 - ★★★

Slightly above average "horror" movie that wouldn't have worked as well without a pretty solid child actor. Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling is effective as a loving and concerned mother of a "possessed" child Miles. There are some jump scares but this feels more like a serial killer thriller than a traditional horror film. The story is kinda hokey in parts and Peter Mooney (a Chris Evans wannabe) is god awful as Miles' father. You can certainly wait for video on this one.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Wife, 2017 - ★★★½

It's hard to review this movie without giving a huge spoiler. In a story that's not what it seems at the beginning, Glenn Close plays the wife of an American author about to receive the Nobel prize for literature in Sweden. Close delivers a slow burning performance that really builds to a breaking point near the end. Throughout the first half on the film I was pretty confused as to why Close was tabbed as the front runner for Best Actress. My confusion totally vanished towards the end of the film. This movie is definitely slow at times but rewarding in the final third. Jonathan Pryce is effective as "The Husband" in his most prominent role since Evita. This is the best I've ever seen Glenn Close and she really does deserve the win she will get in a couple of weeks.