I Lost My Body (2019) (animated)(netflix)
Starring: Hakim Faris , Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao, Deborah Grall, Bellamine Abdelmalek
Director: Jeremy Clapin
Synopsis: A young man and his hand get separated in the beginning of the movie, but it’s one of those stories where you see the end first and then it takes you back to how it happened. It’s hard to get too emotionally caught up in an animated film that has you suspending belief in regards to an animated hand in search of its body, but the story is compelling enough to generate emotional investment. I cared about Naoufel, the young man whose background could have broken a less-resilient child.
Etc. Nominated for Best Animated Feature; French movie with English subtitles; 81 minutes
Fast Color (2019)
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham, David Strathairn
Director: Julia Hart
Synopsis: Ruth (Raw) is a young woman being hunted by scientists who want to “study” her power, which is substantial enough to topple buildings. The setting is at some place at some time, where it hasn’t rained for years ON EARTH. Ruth has been “out there” in society, trying to lose what she considers a curse, but she is tired of running. She goes back to her matriarchal family home to lay low and figure out what’s next. Bo (Toussaint,) her mother, is the current matriarch and isn’t real thrilled when she shows up on the doorstep. The story mostly revolves around the special powers each of the females in the family have and Ruth adjusting to being home, staying put, and finding her place within the family and in the world. Ellis (Strathairn) plays a good supporting role. Lila (Sidney) is a precocious child who doesn’t overplay her role.
Etc. Could be considered an allegory.
skipping trailer because of spoilers
Terminator: Salvation (2009) (on netflix)
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Anton Yelchin, Jadagrace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jane Alexander, Michael Ironside
Synopsis: John Connor is leading the humans who are fighting back against the seemingly omnipotent machines. At some point a human (Worthington) has been engineered to be a half-human/half Terminator, but what the machines don’t understand is that you can take parts of a human away and replace them with machinery but you can’t take the humanity out of a good human. The hybrid is confused by the mistrust of the underground rebellion as they think he’s evil. He goes through a lot of unnecessary punishment from both sides. There is an anachronistic feel to Terminator: Salvation, especially in regards to Christian Bale. He’s moved so far beyond this role now! Nothing fancy with the special effects. Tired plot.
Etc. Don’t ask me why I watched this. I was cruising in netflix and came across it and was kind of surprised there was a Terminator movie I hadn’t seen before. If you haven’t seen any Terminator movies, you might get confused at what’s going on if you watch it.
The Sound of Music (1965)
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath
Director: Robert Wise
Synopsis: from imdb: “In 1930’s Austria, a young woman named Maria (Dame Julie Andrews) is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When Navy Captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job.” So begins the story. Maria (Andrews) was the perfect choice for her role as aspirant nun-turned-governess, as Captain Von Trapp (Plummer) as the stern widower who hates Nazis. The children are so endearing, especially when they are being naughty. The cinematography is great and the sweeping scenes of beautiful Austria, where most of the film was made, are memorable. There is a wonderful supporting cast. And last but not least, THE MUSIC. You will recognize many of the songs in this movie. Rodgers & Hammerstein at their best.
Etc. almost 3 hours long, with an intermission (better to watch in 2 parts). The movie is based on an actual family. Mashable.com says:
The film was an adaptation of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein II musical of the same name, which itself was based on Maria von Trapp’s book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.
White Boy Rick (2018)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Taylour Paige, YG
Director: Yann Demange
Synopsis: Set during the height of the 1980’s crack epidemic in Detroit, it’s very uncomfortable to watch what’s happening as it’s very close to home, both in location (I live in a place with the nickname “Little Detroit”) and as I worked as a juvenile probation officer I came up against a lot of this same crap (yes– everybody DOES have guns.) We are talking poor white trash, and I don’t use the term as an insult as much as a statement of reality. In places with economic devastation and drug/alcohol abuse running rampant, people will do whatever it takes to survive. White Boy Rick (Merritt) is the son of a real loser (McConaughey) who sells weapons on the streets (he has a license to sell them, but he stretches the limits of that license into iffy territory) and who dreams of opening a chain of video stores. Fifteen year-old Rick gets the bright idea of selling some of those weapons to a couple of bigtime street dealers and then gets drawn into a world of the sh*t that goes with drugs and weapons. The FBI f*cks him over and then things go downhill from there. If you are looking for a happy ending to the story, you aren’t going to find one.
Etc. based on a true story
The Souvenir (2019)
Starring: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Ariane Labed
Director: Joanna Hogg
Synopsis: Set in the early 80’s, this is an aggravating but at the same time insightful look at a young woman who has no experience outside of a pampered, sheltered upper crust upbringing being drawn to a gentrified-yet-worldly man who turns her aspirations to be a filmmaker topsy turvy through his manipulations and with her insecurity. Julie (Byrne, daughter of Tilda Swinton, who plays her mother in this) and Tony (Burke) have an interesting chemistry between them. It’s a relationship whose doom is written on the wall, but you can’t help but hope something will interrupt the trajectory. Both leads did a good job. Depressing, co-dependent, and self-absorbed plotline for the most part.