Anyway, this is a movie that everyone should see.
Maybe the movie goes a little too far in posing the question of whether or not superheroes exist, but I liked the tricks that Shyamalan played; basically, he needs to make more movies like this and fewer like "The Happening". Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy put on the performances of their lives. I also hope that Sarah Paulson (whom one of my friends met in New York) gets more roles like her role here.
As for "Mickey", I recognized it because "Weird Al" Yankovic spoofed Toni Basil's original song (his version was "Ricky", about "I Love Lucy").
Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen play a happily married couple. Over the course of a year (represented by the different seasons), they come in contact with friends and relatives, none of whom are fulfilled. This begins to cause issues in the main couple's relationship.
Of course, that's a rough description of the plot. The movie's plot is too subtle, complex and nuanced for a review to do it justice. That's what happens when a movie focuses on real people and real issues, as opposed to nonstop explosions and CGI. It also helps to cast ordinary-looking people, as opposed to "handsome" and "pretty" individuals.
Definitely see this movie. It might not change your life, but it will probably give you a new outlook on interpersonal relationships.
Starewicz's shorts - most of them consisting of stop-motion animation - are the only examples of pre-revolutionary Russian cinema that I've seen. If there's more I'd love to see it. In the meantime, this short is nothing special, but OK. I guess that Starewicz was more comfortable with animation. Certainly entertaining, at the least.
Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us" focuses on the case, but also draws attention to a few other things. Prosecutor Linda Fairstein claimed to be standing up for women when she mercilessly targeted the young men (meaning that we should be wary any time someone stands up for one group to the detriment of another). Also, the title refers to the moniker Central Park Five; it got applied to the young men, to the point that most people don't know their names (Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana). Finally, there's the question of how much our society has advanced since then: we still see police killing unarmed black men and getting away with it (and yet millions of ignorant people still call Black Lives Matter the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan).
Everyone should see this series. It shows the level of racism in our country, whether then or now, and prods us to think about how we might improve things. Absolutely devastating.
Part of why this is important is because this process is still legal in most of the US. Indeed, Mike Pence supported it as governor of Indiana. I recently participated in a rehearsal for a musical called "Pray the Gay Away", a satire on conversion therapy. Everyone should see these movies. Make no mistake about it, these programs are a form of torture.
The vignettes themselves look at the different cultures that inhabit New York (such as the Hasidic Jews), and how they interact with other cultures. Any one of the vignettes could've just as easily functioned as a feature film. I was satisfied with what I saw in the movie, although I am left wondering how any of these stories would've looked as a feature.
In the end, I recommend it. Not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a fine look at the city's environs (in the same way that "Taxi Driver" and "Ghostbusters" are) and the characters' relationships, brief though the focuses are.
Every character is damaged in some way. In fact, the mom is the least damaged, despite her amnesia. The dad, daughter, son and granddaughter all have their problems to sort out amid this gathering, and it's not going to be that easy.
The cast puts their all into the roles (not that I expected otherwise). The mom (Blythe Danner) wasn't as developed as I had hoped for, but the daughter (Hilary Swank) is shown to be a complex character. Michael Shannon continues his string of heavy-duty roles as the son. As for the dad (Robert Forster), he's the type who makes everyone feel as if they're walking on eggshells. Very much the opposite of a role model. Meanwhile, Taissa Farmiga confirms herself as one of the great upcoming actresses in the role of the granddaughter.
All in all, a good one. I recommend it.
This movie doesn't go for the jugular the way that "Duck Soup" did, but still sympathizes with the peasants (who wouldn't after seeing the worthless people who dominate the government?). It's no masterpiece but still a fun look at politics and the people's discontents therewith (which continue to this day).
I've now seen another movie about the post-impressionist painter: "Loving Vincent", about a man who goes to van Gogh's hometown to investigate his death. This has made some news as the first painted feature film. It's painted entirely in van Gogh's style, and the result is nothing short of amazing. I can guarantee that you've never seen a movie like this, so you should definitely see it. Outstanding one.
It was a worthy effort but was no match for most of Price's work, especially since it wasn't based on an Edgar Allan Poe work. As for the banshee, it was actually an aos sí, or sidhe. It's fun but don't expect much, unless you enjoy all sorts of gruesome things.