2019: The Year in Reviews (December)

You know what it is. It’s the last half of December, which means we’re wrapping up the year.

Like most things in my life, it’s built around a pun. What I do in January is preview everything I can possibly find that’s set to come out that year. And then what I do is watch as many of them as I can, dropping reviews each third of the year. And then in December, we recap how that all went, month by month and see how I did/what I liked.

Mainly I do this for me, just to see how accurate I can guess on stuff up to a year out (I used to hope for a solid 2/3 percentage, but at this point I generally hit above 70% and really wanna see if I can somehow get to 75%), but it also keeps me honest, since I don’t read anything I write after it goes up until I compile these articles and my reviews are done based on how I feel as I write them up. So really this is bringing the two together and considering my feelings as they stand at this moment in time. And then hopefully others can maybe find some cool stuff they didn’t know about or previously consider from it all.

Today is December.

December

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Playmobil: The Movie

January’s preview:

“Really? This is where we are? A Playmobil movie?”

“Let’s see if the trailer takes me off my immediate position on this…”

“Okay, it swayed me from 2 stars to 2.5 stars.

“They’re doing Lego Movie, mixed with Tron. I’m sure it’ll be fine. I’m not gonna care, but it’ll be watchable for young kids.”

“2.5 stars seems almost exact for this one.”

The review:

“‘Playmobil: We’re just like Legos, only knockoff’… is basically the theme of the product and the movie. Because it’s basically a rehash of the Lego Movie, only with the live-action segments bookending the movie.”

“It’s generic in every way and a complete rehash of a movie you’ve essentially seen before. Designed purely to sell the toys.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Are we almost done with these Lego Movie knockoffs? The Lego Movie wasn’t even that good!

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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The Aeronauts

January’s preview:

“Oh, this is live action. I thought this was animated for some reason.”

“Let’s say 3.5 stars. Those two lead me to believe it will be solid. And hey, hot air balloons.”

The review:

“Was this a surprise to me. Because it’s just a straight balloon adventure.”

“It’s thrilling. They shot part of it in IMAX and you really haven’t experienced thrills until you’ve seen someone climb up to the top of a frozen balloon with little oxygen with nothing but a single rope.”

“Big, big fan of this. I didn’t know I needed balloon action in my life until I saw this.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

This was so much fun I feel like I want more balloon action in movies.

Do it in Fast 9, cowards.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“If you’ve actually gotten to the third film in this series, either you’re super into it and don’t care about the product or you’re like me, and you just watch everything because you don’t give a shit and will watch anything.”

“It’s not good. It’s utterly ridiculous. They’re just manufacturing plots. It’s barely functional as a film, to the point where it’s almost amusing how generically cheesy it is.”

“Another throwaway Netflix Christmas movie. Honestly at this point I wanna see how far into this series they get.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

This franchise is ridiculous. I can’t wait to see them try to move this forward from here. They’re going to create the hoops to jump through and it’s gonna be so bad.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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Daniel Isn’t Real

January’s preview:

“Plot sounds good. But something tells me this will end up being one where it takes the kind of twist I don’t want it to take.”

“I want this to either be a drama about healing or a dark comedy where it’s fucked up because he’s just talking to this imaginary friend and people can’t deal with that (a la Harvey).”

“My guess is this friend is gonna start having him do fucked up stuff. And for that, I can’t assume anything more than watchable. So 3 stars.”

The review:

“To its credit, it’s not as much a horror film as I’d have expected.”

“It was uneven to the point of me losing interest in it pretty early. Horror isn’t for me in general, so it takes a lot to get me interested. This one just didn’t do it for me.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not for me, even though the idea could have lent itself to something good.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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A Million Little Pieces

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“It’s your typical ‘rehab’ movie. However, the cast and acting are strong, and that’s what makes it more than just the usual thing.”

“The acting is strong, so that elevates it from just watchable to pretty solid, even if it treads ground you’ve seen before a bunch of times.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Standard rehab movie, but solidly done with good performances.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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Grand Isle

January’s preview:

“Starring Nicolas Cage.”

“He’s not the young father, so does that mean I care?”

3 stars. What the hell.”

The review:

“Nicolas Cage VOD movie. He’s got 5 or 6 of them this year. This is one of the bad ones.”

“I wanted crazy Cage. I got drunk and indifferent Cage. Oh well. Maybe the next one will be better.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

This isn’t worthwhile Cage. I wish they all were, but this is one of the forgettable ones.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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Trauma Center

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Whoo boy.”

“This is a Bruce Willis paycheck movie, and they are getting worse.”

“But hey, Steve Guttenberg is in it! That’s really all it has going for it. It’s pretty much completely generic all around and will be unwatchable for most.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Hard pass on this. I’m starting to wonder why Bruce even bothers anymore.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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In Fabric

January’s preview:

“This is by the Berberian Sound Studio guy. That’s cool.”

“Let’s say 3 stars. Maybe I can get 3.5 out of it if it’s really smart.”

The review:

“Weird fashion horror movie that is so A24. And British. But mostly A24.”

“It’s just horror for the sake of horror. And it feels pretty pretentious on top of all that.”

“I have no idea what the purpose of any of this were, and unlike Velvet Buzzsaw, it didn’t have the benefit of crazy performances and an obvious critique of an industry to go alongside it.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

You know what this felt like? Someone going, “I bet I could make a horror movie where the killer is a dress.” 100% that’s what this feels like. Someone winning a bet with their friends. Because it’s the only way to explain it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Jumanji: The Next Level

January’s preview:

“Don’t know what the plot is, but it’s a sequel.”

“The first movie was really good and if this is 60% of that, it’ll be fun. So 3.5 stars, sight unseen.”

The review:

“What they do with this one is just give you more. But not in the obvious way of crazy set pieces.”

“They do give this one legitimate character development too, which is nice.”

“It’s definitely a lesser sequel, but it’s a solid sequel. And even if they keep going downhill from here or maintain this level of quality throughout, at least this one gave us The Rock doing Danny DeVito, which is worth the price of admission alone.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Really enjoyed this and really enjoy this entire franchise. I’m already ready for the next one.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Black Christmas

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“NOPE! Nope, nope, nope, nope.”

“The last thing I need in my life is a Blumhouse movie that thinks it’s doing feminism.”

“You can’t do feminism and yet uphold slasher movie values as you do it. You know what a true feminist Blumhouse movie is? A bunch of dudes being murdered mindlessly by a female killer. Straight Michelle Myers. Just fucking cold-blooded murder. Make THAT movie. I’ll watch the shit out of that movie.”

“This is child’s play compared to what it could be. It’s just a shitty slasher movie that thinks it’s saying something. So congrats, you made the Zootopia of slasher movies.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

‘The Zootopia of Slasher Movies’.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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Richard Jewell

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

This is one where you have to separate the film from its politics. Because it’s clear that Eastwood intended to make some sort of statement about the media, particularly by making Olivia Wilde’s character essentially a villain (which was not aided by his one-take style, which makes her performance, particularly in her early scenes, look really bad). That aspect of this movie is atrocious, because it was just unnecessary. The story itself is really interesting. Here’s a regular guy who does something helpful, and then everything spirals out of control, to the point where he is labeled a villain by society and his life turned upside down. Paul Walter Hauser is great as Jewell (and it’s crazy to think he wasn’t the first choice for the role from the start), and Sam Rockwell (who is always good) is great as his lawyer. Kathy Bates gets a typical ‘mother’ role and really only gets one scene to do anything with, which is fine. Overall, I think this is a solid movie that unfortunately has the heavy hand of an almost 90-year old director who clearly wanted to make a statement that just subverted his film. Clint’s gotten into this realm of hero worship and it’s starting to get tiresome.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s a solid movie but the way they handle the media aspect is really alarming.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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A Hidden Life

January’s preview:

4 stars. All his movies were 4 stars or more until we got to the diminishing returns, Tree of Life-style movies. So let’s go back to the norm for him.”

The review:

Terrence Malick said he was going to more of a structured plot for this movie, whereas in his last three movies he specifically went in with no plot whatsoever. That said… it’s still a Terrence Malick movie. So whatever structure you have is still shown in the form of a tone poem with a lot of random edits of people in nature and just doing random things. It’s lovely, don’t get me wrong, and this is his best film since Tree of Life, but I didn’t need three hours of it. It is quite good, though. This feels like the movie he should have made after Tree of Life, and instead got bogged down like when a record repeats.

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s very solid, though it’ll never compare to those earlier films of his for me.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Uncut Gems

January’s preview:

“Good Time managed 4 stars for me, but I’m not sure I can assume that high every time yet on them. So 3.5 stars. I think I can easily get that out of this.”

The review:

The Safdies are establishing themselves as top notch filmmakers. They continue with what they started in Good Time, which is a movie whose tension level starts pretty high and then just sort of maintains throughout, even as it slowly continues to rise. It’s a really great exercise in tension, and something that’s even better for someone like me, who grew up listening to New York sports talk radio. Plus it’s nice to see Sandler acting again for real. Overall, I liked Good Time a bit more, but it’s still a really solid film that is very consistent throughout. Which I appreciated. Just a really great effort all around.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

One of the more solid efforts of 2019.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Bombshell

January’s preview:

3.5 stars. I think I can get 4 out of this, but I want to see it get there on its own.”

“I need to see it be really good on its own before I assume it’l’l be 4 stars.”

The review:

I generally have a difficult time with politically-based things that took place just a few years before the movie came out. It’s hard seeing people you see on the news all the time be portrayed by famous actors and then having to pretend you see the person. Though admittedly here they did a good job with Charlize as Megyn Kelly. Overall, the film was solid, but about what I would have expected. I’m not sure enough time has elapsed since the scandal to fully get into all the nuances of what happened and what the aftereffects are gonna be (it ends with the notion about the NDA, when I’m pretty sure in a few years, that’ll have been lifted — or broken — and we’ll get all the facts), but they do a generally good job of establishing the atmosphere and showing everything from a generally politically-neutral perspective. It’s nice that they don’t lump any agenda onto this except the general ‘man, it’s shitty for women in the workplace’ one, which everyone knew already anyway, especially for a workplace like that. Standouts for me were Margot Robbie as a fictionalized character (which allowed them to put her through more situations without having to risk being sued) and John Lithgow as Ailes, who just nailed the mindset of a person like that. Overall, I thought the movie did a good job at what it was aiming for, though definitely needed some more time to fully get into all the facts, if only to show how much more evil the people at that network are, because you know there’s more.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Solid, but maybe not as great as it could have been.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Seberg

January’s preview:

“I feel like I should go 3 stars on this, but I’m going 3.5 stars. The cast is nice. I like these people. So let’s hope this can be good. Feels like it’ll probably go 3, but let’s be optimistic.”

The review:

I wanted this to be good, and I did like the cast a lot, but it doesn’t add up to anything interesting. I have a hard time with movies that involve famous Hollywood people. Fortunately this one doesn’t get too into old movie references and things like that, but it is something I struggle with. I also have a hard time watching Kristen Stewart. Because, while I think she’s a fine actress, I’m constantly seeing her on the screen and not the character she’s supposed to be playing. Which makes it doubly difficult when she’s supposed to be playing Jean Seberg. Still, I got through it fine, though it never did anything to make me consider rating it any higher than I did. It’s just fine, even though I have the feeling a better movie is almost there somewhere.

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

The high production value and bevy of famous faces might shield it, but this is one completely mediocre movie.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

January’s preview:

“HIs last two movies were only just okay for me, so let’s expect more of the same. 3 stars.”

The review:

“The cast does what they can to make this interesting, but ultimately it doesn’t amount to anything.”

“There’s no point to this movie, and it acts as though there is. So, while I’d say maybe you want to see it for a performance or two, I didn’t really care about this one in the end.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m starting to think Xavier Dolan doesn’t really have anything to say as a filmmaker and that wunderkind label was a bit premature.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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6 Underground

January’s preview:

“Okay then.”

3.5 stars. When is a Bay movie not 3.5 stars? We know what we’re getting.”

“Fortunately Reese and Wernick are writing it, which should elevate it from ‘standard Bay script’ to ‘slightly decent script Bay still largely ignores’. But we know exactly what this is gonna be, almost through and through.”

“The thing I’m counting on is that it won’t feel like another tired ‘robots fighting’ movie, because those last two felt like he was on autopilot.”

The review:

“Oh, boy. Or, I guess… oh, Bay.”

“This is most on-brand shit ever.”

“This is the perfect example of a director hitting middle age and still pretending like he’s 30.”

“It might be Bay’s worst movie.”

“I couldn’t even get my usual enjoyment out of it. It’s so easy for me to go in for one of these movies. And I just could not get into this.”

“I think the Transformers movies have shielded the fact that Bay just refuses to grow from doing the same damn thing over and over again.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

You know things are bad when I can’t even pretend to have liked a Bay movie. This shit is bad. I’ve been getting dumb enjoyment out of the robot movies for the past decade, but man, Bay really needs to either step up his game or grow up and make an adult movie for a change.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

January’s preview:

3 stars. First one was that for me, and this should be no different. Most of these Aardman movies don’t go much higher than 3 for me. They’re just cute, but that’s about it.”

The review:

“It’s fun. I never particularly like the first one and this was more of the same.”

“Aardman is the kind of animation group where I respect their style and artistry more than I love their films.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s cute, it’s fine. It’s about the same for me as all the other Aardman stuff.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Togo

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

This movie was fun as hell. Dog-sledding movie that is basically a ‘fuck you’ to Balto. Since Balto is the one that got famous and got a statue and all of that for the serum run, even though Togo is the dog that did the majority of the running. Still, it’s Willem Dafoe and a dog team racing through the Arctic, and it’s awesome. As much as there is a lot of CGI, it uses real dogs, which some films probably wouldn’t have done nowadays. And it’s just got that nice family film mindset about it, which I liked.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is good stuff. People might downgrade it because it’s a ‘TV movie’, but it’s really well done.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

January’s preview:

4.5 stars. That’s what we do with these.”

“Star Wars fatigue has firmly set in for me, but I know how these movies go. I see them late, I enjoy them in the moment, give them 4.5 stars, and then over time my enthusiasm fades. That’s pretty much what we’re all expecting here. Maybe I’m totally done with this new franchise, but even in that case, it’s 4 stars. So whatever.”

“I truly don’t know if these movies are any good, but I’m enjoying them enough as it is, and I don’t hold the franchise particularly sacred, so let’s assume it’s more of the same.”

The review:

There’s a lot to say with this one, and I’m not sure how ready (or willing) I am to get into it. The quick version is — man, did they just stop giving a shit. It seems like all they went into this movie to do is say ‘fuck you’ to Last Jedi and pander to as many fans as possible. It’s like J.J. Abrams, despite stepping aside, had his personal plan for a trilogy that no one shared with anyone and then when Rian Johnson went and did his own thing, he came back and was like, “You know, I’m just gonna throw all my shit into there.” So it’s almost like two movies in one. Threads are started and just dropped and never resolved. Things barely make sense. Any time he could make a bold move with an original character he backs out almost immediately. And really any statement that gets made is literally to try to diminish everything the last movie did. Also, did anyone else notice how it literally ends the same way Endgame does? Go back and watch the final confrontations in both movies. The ‘I am inevitable/I am Iron Man’ line — that’s how they end this. Did they think no one would notice? And the final line of the whole thing… holy shit. But also, I don’t care about these movies. The original trilogy is great and fun and all that, but I don’t hold it sacred. I just like fun movies. So really, the amount that you care will probably dictate how you felt about this. So for me, I’m fine with it. Since I’m not really expecting great movies and am just ready to be entertained by light sabers and droid noises for two hours. It’s the weakest of the three easily, and really just speaks to a lot of failings of the company that put it out, but if you really don’t give a shit about the product, then it’s perfectly fine.

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not to give this movie more credit than it deserves, but one reading of this movie could be as a metaphor for society… with old white political figures trying desperately to maintain their status through fear and keeping the mass populace poor and thinking they have no power to change anything, and then everyone rises together and decides to fight despite that, and realizes that everyone else really is on the same page. But again, that’s giving the film too much credit and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t at all what they intended. But hey, even the sun shines on an Ewok’s ass some days.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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Cats

January’s preview:

“What?”

“Are they like, in the suits, or is it CGI? How are they doing this? I guess it doesn’t matter.”

“It’s Tom Hooper, who has, to this point, made 3.5 star or better movies.”

“I’m torn between 3.5 stars and 4 stars. My heart says go 4, but brain says 3.5. So I’m going 3.5 stars, just because I don’t know what I’m gonna get out of this.”

“If anyone can get me to 4, it’s this cast and Tom Hooper, but I’m just not sure what I’m gonna care about here. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll love it. You never know.”

The review:

I’m due to see this over the next two days (my family demanded I wait for them to go see it and I think we’re all gonna be shitfaced for it, so that should be fun), and will for sure update this once I do.

Final thoughts:

How close was I?:

 

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She’s Missing

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Very small, very niche, not particularly for me, but it stars Lucy Fry and Eiza Gonzalez, if that interests anyone.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not for me at all.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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Spies in Disguise

January’s preview:

“Seems like a generic kind of deal.”

“It’s Fox/Blue Sky, so Ferdinand and Ice Age. So that narrows me down.”

“Let’s see what the trailer does for me.”

3 stars.”

“Trailer didn’t do anything for me.”

The review:

Haven’t seen this yet (but I will in the next two days). Will update once I do.

Final thoughts:

How close was I?:

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Little Women

January’s preview:

“It’s Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird follow up.”

“One has to go 4 stars based on that alone. I mean, I can’t see it being much higher than that just because we know the story. But they’ve made three previous Little Women movies (1933, 1949 and 1994) and I’ve liked them all. So I see no reason why I wouldn’t like this one too.”

The review:

loved this movie. It’s so fantastic. This is how you take ‘classic’ material and make it still say something for the present day. I remember this book and this story mainly because I’ve seen it done so many times. So you’re expecting a lot of the plot points to hit. But what Greta Gerwig does with this is tell the story out of order (at one point I think there are three different timelines, even), to the point where you’re not following the story so much as just getting a portrait of sisterhood and this family. Which is just wonderful. And, the ending I think is one of the best statements anyone has made in a movie in a long time. It feels like Greta Gerwig really helping women filmmakers (or any woman, really) see that no matter what society wants to tell them, their opinions do matter and they should fight for their status and their rights. It’s a really uplifting statement that encourages women to go out and be creative, which I love. And I love that she gives us the ending of the book but also tweaks it so it feels like it might not have actually happened. That might have just been the happy ‘movie version’ ending that the audience/studio/Tracy Letts’ character wanted, when in reality, the ending the movie gives you is Jo being really married to her work and her career. Which is really wonderful. I guess some can read it as ‘you can have both’, but really it feels more of a ‘don’t settle for just that. There’s more. You can be more’. Plus the performances in this are just wonderful, and it just is a really fantastic film. I expected to love this, and while I didn’t really think it would end up being more than just a great adaptation of the novel… Greta Gerwig gave us more. And I’m so happy.

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

I loved this a lot, and I suspect most people will like it. But even if they don’t, that ending is, to me, one of the best authorial statements I saw in a film this entire decade.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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Just Mercy

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

Really solid, if by the numbers, trial film, with Jamie Foxx as a man put on death row despite provable evidence that he was innocent. Michael B. Jordan is the crusading lawyer trying to get him (and others) out and Brie Larson is the woman helping him. It’s solid. It’s hard to not be engaged by a lawyer movie, so even when you know how it’s all gonna play out, it’s perfectly solid in how it gets there.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked it. It’s worth seeing, even if it’s not gonna blow you away.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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The Song of Names

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

Post-holocaust film that’s kind of a mystery, but not really. It’s about a Jewish violin prodigy whose parents get him out before Hitler can take over so he can study music. And he grows up with a British family, so most of the scenes are between him and his ‘brother’. And then one night, when he’s a teenager, he’s about to give a concert that will establish him as one of the greatest violinists in the country… only he never shows up. And now, 30 years later, we pick up with Tim Roth, who is the ‘brother’ character. He’s now a music teacher who goes to judge a competition and sees one of the players do something that he immediately recognizes as something the boy did. So that gets him to wonder what happened to the boy and set out to find him. Which entails asking, “Who taught you?” And then following the trail from person to person. And eventually he runs into his friend/brother, now played by Clive Owen, and we find out what happened to him. It’s a nice movie. Might be too on the nose for some, but I thought it accomplished what it needed to accomplish. I think they could have spent a bit more time on the searching aspect, sine it feels like he finds him pretty quickly. But overall, I was engaged, and I thought it did a good job with the story it wanted to tell.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Destined to be immediately forgotten, since it’ll never get a wide release and most people won’t know anything about it, but it’s definitely a movie worth seeing. It won’t change your life, but it’s a more solid two-hour movie than a lot of other ones out there.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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Clemency

January’s preview:

“Seems okay.”

3 stars.”

The review:

Haven’t seen it yet (it only comes out today, as this article is being posted). I’ll update this when I do.

Final thoughts:

How close was I?:

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1917

January’s preview:

“It’s Sam Mendes, so I’m already in.”

“No idea what this is going to be, but it’s World War I, and I love World War I. I know this is stupid to do, completely sight unseen without a cast or log line, but 4.5 stars. This is my time period, and Sam Mendes is a very good director.”

“Gotta take your shots somewhere.”

The review:

I knew nothing about this other than World War I and Sam Mendes and was completely in. Then I got Roger Deakins, and was even more in. And then I found out it was gonna be done ‘single shot’ style, which basically made it the only movie I cared about for this entire year. Of course, the notion of the single shot is what will diminish this movie in some people’s eyes as a gimmick. Which I understand. And also, to this movie’s credit (and blame, in a way), it doesn’t glorify its plot as some major action that helped turn the tide of a war. It’s a simple story whose consequences will last a couple of days, maybe a week tops. Most people will die, and maybe some of them will be able to be saved next time. And that’s what I loved about it. It’s just a simple story. It’s no different than something like Gravity. This is this moment in time, and we’re gonna go through it together. Did it need to be a single shot? No. But it lets Mendes and Deakins show off. And that’s fine. I loved the atmosphere. I loved the trenches. I love that they put you in this situation with the characters and just let it play out. It’s only when you get to the very end of the journey do you really get to realize the emotional impact of everything you’ve witnessed. I feel like this is something that will sit better with someone than, say, it might right as you get out of it. I think it’s a tremendous piece of work.

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

There was really no way I wasn’t going to love this.

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

How close was I?:

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2 responses

  1. You know how much Playmobil made? It made only $1.1 million total in the US. Its opening weekend, it made a mere $656,530 from 2,337 theaters, for an average of $281.

    December 29, 2019 at 12:55 am

  2. Also, you have my thoughts and prayers for basically being forced to see “Cats”, which is doing badly in every sense.

    December 29, 2019 at 12:59 am

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