Over the last week or so I’ve watched several noteworthy movies. Instead of a separate, detailed review on each, I’ve shortened them up and included them all in this post. I think this might become a new weekly feature for me, as I watch at least one movie a day.
(Ratings will be on a 10 point rating scale with .5 between numbers.)
The Happy Prince (2018)
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Rupert Everett
Synopsis: Bittersweet story on Oscar Wilde that focuses on the period at the end of his life, after he’d served 2 years at hard labor in prison, being punished for being openly gay.
Impressions: It’s a story of defeat, but it is also a story of going on after defeat. The sets are stunning, and the acting is superior.
Ramen Heads (2017)
Starring: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yûki Ohnishi , Tom Takahashi, Osamu Tomita
Director: Koki Shigeno
Synopsis: This is a documentary about the masters of ramen in Japan. It focuses on one restaurant but visits some of the other masters as well.
Impressions: For fans of ramen and fans of cooking, you will enjoy the movie. The passion of the ramen master transcends the act. I very much enjoyed a segment where the main master’s apprentices were asked a few questions.
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, Tyler Perry, Don McManus
Director: Adam McKay
Synopsis: Starting from Dick Cheney’s humble beginnings and through his rise and fall, it’s an insider story that might help to shed light on how he and George Dubya were able to get away with all of the sh*t they did while in office. It’s also a portrait of a man who, while evil, wasn’t 100% evil (close!, but…)
Impressions: This movie is sharp and brilliant. It does not pull any punches. I really felt like I was there, in the middle of it all, while watching. Christian Bale outdid himself in channeling Chaney and needs a nomination out of this. Adam McKay does an excellent job directing. Looking up info, I see he and Will Ferrell are co-owners of Funny or Die. I also noticed while watching the credits that Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt are both producers on the movie.
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Taraji Henson, Babou Ceesay, Ann Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy
Director: Robin Bissell
Synopsis: from imdb: “Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.” A mediator comes in from outside and facilitates a charrette.
Impressions: This TRUE story is worth learning about. I like the even-handedness of how the story is told. There are a lot of racial epithets flung about in the movie, which may be offensive, but I think they are essential in the telling of the story to understand what things were really like in those times. What is shocking is how openly the klan operated at the time there, and it is less than 50 years ago. I think Sam Rockwell did a fair job in his role. I think Taraji Henson deserves some kind of nomination for her performance in this movie. She’s OUTSTANDING!
Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain D Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite
Director: Julius Avery
Synopsis: A group of paratroopers are dropped the night before D-Day into France to take out the main communications tower of the Nazis. They have walked into a nightmarish scenario that proves to be a big barrier to the success of the mission.
Impressions: I don’t like to watch horror movies alone, and it was unknown how scary it would be, but I did. This movie is a quality-level horror/monster movie. Even though there aren’t any big name stars in it, the acting, especially by Jovan, Wyatt, and Mathilde, and others is very very good. They make you believe in them! Never have you wanted the good guys to win like you do in this one, as what is at stake is monumental. The special effects are A+! If you like horror/monster movies, you will love Overlord.