What I Watched the Last Two Weeks
At the Theater
Look at any news in America right now, and you'll find that these two films are as topical as ever. It's unreal. And this world we're living in is sad...
A powerful, painful, punishing masterpiece that is also an overlong slog. It reaches greatness, but only in certain moments. Despite that, I still wish more people could see it, if only for that it is in the tradition of epic cinema. Small screen won't do anything for this film, and nobody saw it in a theater, even those persecuted modern "Christians" who came by the busload to God's Not Dead 2.
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Mike Mills and I are on the same wavelength. This is his second masterpiece, an ode to his mother as Beginners was to his father. Every single thing about this movie, from the aesthetic detail to the brilliant dialogue to the literary ponderings to the 1979 design and soudntrack is absolutely perfect. Full review Monday morning.
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
On Home Video
For short reactions to the films below, please find me on Letterboxd by clicking the film titles in this section. Also, follow me on Instagram (@speaksmovie), where I post eye-opening screen caps, in pairs, for every film I watch.
dir. Wong Kar-wai, 2000
dir. Irving Pichel and Ernest P. Shoedsack, 1932
(FT) = First Time
(RW) = Re-Watch
Show Runners: Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (2004-2010)
Made it into the early parts of season 3, where my wife hates it, and the TV writer manipulation is at a bit of an all-time high. Still, you can't beat the opening scene of Episode 1, the introduction of Juliet and The Others' barracks. And the greatness is on its way....
Show Runner: Vince Gilligan (2008-2014)
Season 5 is the most compulsively watchable the series has ever been for me. Have ran straight through the first part of the season, about to move into the final episodes. DON'T SPOIL ME! I've made it a long way knowing absolutely nothing. So close!
I have watched 11 movies in 2017, so far.
Re-Watched - 2
First-Timers - 9
2016 Releases - 51
2017 Releases - 0