There are few filmmakers who have experienced the degree of acclaim and recognition achieved by Chilean writer/director Sebastián Lelio in recent years. “Gloria”, his fourth full-length feature from 2013, brought Lelio both his widest audience and his most consistently favorable reviews.
Just imagine what “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) would have been like if it had been directed by a woman instead of Jay Roach. Roach is the man who directed all three Austin Powers movies as well as the first two movies in the “Meet the Parents” franchise.
New York in 1980 was a different place than it is in 2019. And gay life in 1980, specifically, pre-AIDS gay life in the leather underground, was also considerably different.
If Fox Searchlight, busy patting itself on the back for its 25th anniversary (stifled yawn), is smart, the filmed intro by screenwriter/director Taika Waititi (Marvel box office blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok”) that played before a press screening of “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Seatchlight) will accompany every showing of the movie. In it, Waititi, who is ¼ Jewish, talks about how the movie, about a Nazi youth’s imaginary friendship with Hitler, is both anti-hate and pro-peace (which it is!).
Uplifting and inspiring stories based on real people are all the rage at the multiplex this season. Arriving on the Chuck Taylored heels of “Blinded By The Light” is “Brittany Runs A Marathon”(Amazon Studios). The directorial debut by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo (who also wrote the screenplay), “Brittany Runs A Marathon” is an entertaining first feature.
Even if you love Oscar-winning gay filmmaker (Pedro) Almodóvar (and who doesn’t?), you have to admit that his output in the 2010s (“I’m So Excited!” anyone?) has been less than stellar.
With his new movie “Frankie” (Sony Pictures Classics), you could say that acclaimed gay filmmaker Ira Sachs is taking a break from his New York movies, which include 2016’s “Little Men”, 2014’s “Love Is Strange” and 2012’s “Keep The Lights On”. That is until his miniseries adaptation of gay writer Tim Murphy’s amazing New York-set novel “Christodora” is completed.
As courtroom dramas go, “Just Mercy” (WB) could have gone way over the top, especially given the subject matter.
Some movies, more than others, need to be experienced in a full movie theater. It makes the shared emotions, laughing and crying, take on more significance. “Instant Family”(Paramount) is one such movie.
The old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same” has never been truer than now in the age of Trump. The rise of fascism, nationalism and racial violence in the states and across Europe feels like a terrifying kind of deja vu.
Rest assured that from the first moment we see Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek with prosthetic teeth) onscreen in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, on the morning of Queen’s 1985 Live Aid reunion performance, he is gay. This was during Mercury’s clone-look era, complete with mustache, short and neat haircut, studded leather armband and tight, faded jeans. Gay, gay, gay. Anything you might have heard about Mercury’s gayness being whitewashed is bollocks.
Among his many detestable achievements, Donald John Trump, the 45th POTUS, has made Hitler popular again.
Renée Zellweger is not the first actress to portray Judy Garland. She is, however, the second to portray Garland in the later period of her life and career.
Just when you thought you’d seen everything the horror genre had to offer (thank you, Ari Aster!), along comes this little off-the-rack number, “In Fabric” (A24).
You are going to hate Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), the uncouth, loud-mouthed, unfaithful husband, bad father, lying, cheating, deeply in debt New York jeweler at the rapidly beating heart of the Safdie Brothers’ “Uncut Gems” (A24). But you only have to live with him for the length of the two hour and fifteen-minute movie.
Let’s face it, Florida gets a bad rap. Between the “Florida man” stories on the nightly news, the relocation of Trump to the state (making him just another “Florida man” now), and the early December 2019 gun violence in Pensacola and Coral Gables, the Sunshine State’s radiance is under attack.
January is where movies go to die. It’s a scrap heap of long-delayed releases and otherwise forgettable flicks. Occasionally there are exceptions; but they are few and far between.
(Mirror) The first three months of the year make up the part of the winter movie season where bad movies go to die. Films deemed unworthy of release at other times of the year are unleashed on unsuspecting moviegoers, resulting in tragic box office returns and scathing reviews.