1. Hell or High Water
Briandong79 wrote:Could we get a brief blurb of likes/dislikes for all 9 movies? TYIA
Likes: Quite an interesting story, very well-acted, great mix of drama, tension, comedy and action.
Dislikes: Not sure that I loved the ending, but it fit.2. Moonlight
Likes: As detailed when I wrote about it in the Recently thread, one of the best character development movies that I've ever seen. They took a character (gay, black, in-trouble youth) who has nothing in common with my life and made me interested and empathetic with his life.
Dislikes: If you are uncomfortable with a gay scene, do not watch. Tough to recommend to others because if they cannot identify/empathize with the main character, they will hate the movie3. Hacksaw Ridge
Likes: Very few directors stage a war scene like Mel Gibson. It's brutal to watch but really hammers home the point of how war is hell. Contrast that scenery against a guy who is willing to enter the battles with no weaponry whatsoever because of his beliefs and you've got yourself a great story. The firsthand testimonials at the end from the actual soldiers was the balls too.
Dislikes: Some of the scenes got a little long and, like most bios, the drama was ramped up a notch too much4. Lion
Likes: The story is pretty fucking incredible. A guy finds his childhood home using Google Earth using nothing except landmarks he saw when he was young? True story, to boot.
Dislikes: Some of the drama around the Nicole Kidman character was not explained well enough to my liking. She came off a bit weirder that she probably should have.5. Hidden Figures
Likes: Another true story that happened right here in Hampton Roads (cheap pop). Think Beautiful Min + 42 + Apollo 13. Couple of good chill scenes.
Dislikes: Fake, ramped up drama like a screming showdown about the location of the colored womens' bathroom followed by an overwrought public destruction of the sign. Heavy-handed and unnecessary.6. La La Land
Likes: Really good love story, likeable leading characters (for the most part), seemless transition to musical numbers. Best-looking movie of the year, great cinematrography. Huge fan of the director who also made "Whiplash". Interesting take on lost love theme.
Dislikes: Musicals aren't really all that fun, but this works. Goslin's character is a bit much early on.7. Manchester By the Sea
Likes: Really well-told story. Affleck is spectacular and one of the more underappreciated actors working right now. Story always moved into interesting directions and away from tired tropes.
Dislikes: Not a whole bunch of action or things happening and quite a depressing mood across the board.8. Fences
Likes: Denzel is dat dude. The man could make eating a sandwich interesting (and not just for the condiments either). Viola Davis owns this Oscar race.
Dislikes: Way longer than it needed to be. 9. Arrival
Likes: Interesting take on how language is interpreted and how delicate communication can be.
Dislikes: Took me watching it two times to "get it". Still didn't buy into the story as much as I should have. Aliens were too weird.