“Casting JonBenet” or ‘The Act of Casting’
Australian documentary filmmaker Kitty Green delivers an amazing insight into this tale that forms both an affirmation for the public’s enduring fascination but organically mutates into a more fascinating subject than the tragic death of a this youthful beauty queen; the way that people surrounding this tale project themselves into this scenario in every way possible.
“Sleepless” (2016) an action film with the same side-effects as Valium
It’s an unfinished assembly of much better movies such as “Donnie Brasco” and “The Departed” and movies that also star Jamie Foxx like “Miami Vice.” The title “Sleepless” seems to have no reference to anything that happens in the movie. The best I can figure is that it’s a question; unfortunately for “Sleepless” it also provides an answer.
“Ikiru,” (1952) Desperately seeking purpose in a bureaucratic life
Nelson Henderson famously said “the true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Kurosawa bathes us in the light of a man who gets to not only plant the seed, but look out on the sapling, with contentment.
“Midnight Special,” (2016) the perfect companion to “Logan” (2017)
About a month after seeing James Mangold’s wonderful and moving “Logan” I was scrolling through the Netflix queue and stumbled upon a film that shares the same ethos; to project fantastical superhuman abilities through a very human lens.
“Loving” (2016) is the anti “Hidden Figures” (2016)
What makes “Loving” such a refreshing and enthralling viewing is that it does not magnify the participants for the sake of the tale to tell a Hollywood version of their trial and its enduring contribution to race relations and civil rights in the U.S.A. Nichols creates a beautifully dignified portrait of people whose ethics and good nature speak more volumes than any kind of extrapolation.
“The Pledge” (2001) and the consequences of an unbreakable vow.
“The Pledge,” directed by Oscar winning actor Sean Penn, is a devastating portrait of an ageing detective who makes a promise to bring justice to a child murderer. It’s “one last ride” for our leading character Jerry Black (Nicholson), until he abandons the case and retires. It examines a man trying to relinquish his deduction instincts in exchange for a slippery grip on a ‘normal’ life.
We can thank Marvel's lack of a Black Widow movie for "Ghost in the Shell" (2017)
"Ghost in the Shell” melted minds in ’95. The questions of what a soul faced with an upgradable body went on to influence the film that ultimately eclipsed it; “The Matrix.” The Wachowski’s synthesised cyber-punk and explored technological symbiosis in an epic - and one could argue - genre defining way.
Immersive next generation game movie adaptations with Assassin’s Creed (2016)
I’ve come to coin the phrase “auto-redundancy,” to describe the entire genre. However, “Snowtown” director Justin Kurzel has re-teamed with his “Macbeth” star Michael Fassbender for Assassin’s Creed; a property that in concept alone fins a way into the lure of inhabiting another powerful person
Why “The Lego Batman Movie” gives you permission to laugh and cry with your obsession with Batman.
As Edward Norton’s Narrator from “Fight Club” is being embraced by Meatloaf’s Robert “Bob” Paulson, a sufferer of testicular cancer with ‘bitch tits,’ the voice over says following: “And that was where I fit...between those huge sweating tits that hung enormous…” That masculine and yet tender bosom is what it feels like when you’re an ultra Batman fan watching “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Everything about you is ugly - “Bad Santa 2” (2016) Review
His former partner Marcus Skidmore (Tony Cox) is released from prison and wants to pull together the old crew to refresh the old scheme; this time adding Willie’s mother Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates) into the mix. It’s fitting that the star of “Misery” is here for the torture that follows.