IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK ★★★★★
D: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy).
S: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Diego Luna, Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Dave Franco, Colman Domingo.
A cinematic cry of anguish. The best film of 2018.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/if-beale-street-could-talk.html
It is actor Jamie Foxx’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
- BABY DRIVER
- DJANGO UNCHAINED
I'm guessing we'll get less vagueness after CAPTAIN MARVEL is released.
After the disappointment of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (2014), I hope director J.C. Chandor is back to his ALL IS LOST (2013) and MARGIN CALL (2011) form.
MORTAL ENGINES ★★☆☆☆
In the future resources are scarce, so... cities and towns roam around on wheels. Eh?! There's a STAR WARS-y vibe. A Death Star-thingummy. A Luke Skywalker-Darth Vader-y relationship. A rebellion. No charisma though. Stilted dialogue and nonexistent characterisation. Wherever the lead goes, everything gets destroyed. The lead doesn't seem to care.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is ambitious, but a shame this wasn't a live action endeavour. The animation style and editing of the action sequences grated.
GREEN BOOK ★★★★★
D: Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber To, Hall Pass, The Heartbreak Kid; Me, Myself & Irene; There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin, Dumb and Dumber).
S: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini.
Acting, dialogue and tone work in harmony to create a charismatic buddy road movie of substance. Deftly humorous and moving without resorting to the saccharine. Likely to become a Christmas staple.
It is actor Nicholas Hoult’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- A SINGLE MAN
- MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
- THE CURRENT WAR
- THE FAVOURITE
- X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
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