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Old 09-18-2018, 12:43 AM   #29351
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Re: Movies: Talk About What You've Seen Lately--Part 3

Hmm, I just read the plot description of You Were Never Really Here, and it certainly didn't remind me of King Of Comedy.
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Just signed up for Kanopy through the college's library. Great streaming service that includes Fred Wiseman's documentaries.
Kanopy has some good stuff and it's the best deal around (free). Many larger public libraries offer it also. Recently watched Errol Morris' A Brief History of Time on there, excellent.
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Final round of TIFF movies for me.

If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins' new film based on the book by James Baldwin. Like Moonlight, it's gorgeous to watch. Jenkins really is a master of taking a small, intimate story and making it mean so much more. The story doesn't quite feel as personal and lived-in as Moonlight but it has even better performances by Kiki Layne and Stephen James. Also need to give a shout-out to Bryan Tyree Henry who is great here as he is in Widows playing two completely different characters. 9/10

First Man - Damian Chazelle has one pitch, but it's a good pitch. Difficult men sacrificing everything in pursuit of greatness. This isn't a straightforward feel-good story about one of humanity's great accomplishments. This movie is about how difficult it is to reach heights no one has reached before and the cost of doing it. It's a claustrophobic film. Not only inside of the shuttles and rockets where there physically isn't any space but also inside the homes and neighbourhood where the astronauts live and work. Everything is shot in close-up which makes them feel enclosed at all times. 8/10

mid90s - Jonah Hill's directorial debut. It's a coming of age story about a lonely kid who finds his people in a group of skater kids. I really enjoyed this. It's such a small story that it almost feels like Jonah must have just written down something that happened in his real life growing up. It's a great cast of characters that all feel like real kids. I want to see what Jonah Hill comes up with next. 8/10

Wildlife - Another debut actor-turned-director film by Paul Dano. This one has none of the youthful exuberance of mid90s however. This is a bleak family drama set in Montana about a teenager watching his parents marriage dissolve. It's a well told story but it's a tough watch. 6/10


It was a pretty good festival this year. Missed Roma, A Star is Born and People's Choice winner Green Book. It was interesting having new work from McQueen, Jenkins, and Chazelle all here together. Kinda feels like those three are going to be the defining directors of this generation.
Thanks for the reviews. Saw the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, looks amazing. Probably the film I'm most looking forward to this fall.

First Man looks excellent also although I an often mystified by the popularity of Ryan Gosling. He's kind of a blank slate, he has a thin reedy non-leading-man voice, he's attractive in a bland way... seems an odd choice for this role but I'll reserve judgement until I see it.
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I am COMPLETELY fascinated with anyone thing that Joaquin touches... he definitely lost a considerable amount of weight since I saw him last. As a matter of fact, I finally just got around to watching You were Never Really Here... I liked it quite a bit despite all the Luke warm reviews.

I would love to see a Jim Jarmusch/Joaquin Phoenix movie...



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