So I have been very behind in reviews for the blog lately. Make sure you are following my letterboxd account where I will at least post my star rating for a film I’ve seen. Also I do a weekly show on my youtube channel where I rank the new films I’ve seen that week and share some thoughts.
But let me catch you all up with some 2017 films I’ve seen in some Current Mini Reviews!
I thought it was awful. It’s basically a chance for liberals to have a pissing session over Donald Trump. The Lithgow character is a rich, white, racist capitalist who owns hotels and Beatriz throws his phone at him and envisions murdering him. If that is your jam than this movie is for you.
Basically this movie is the liberal equivalent of Christian movies that just tell the viewers what they want to hear and how much better they are than those evil atheists.
The Guardian Brothers-
This is a Chinese animated film that is now available to watch on Netflix. I’m not as hard on these Chinese animated films as most. In fact, I enjoyed this year’s Rock Dog when many didn’t like it. However, I did not enjoy The Guardian Brothers. I found it very boring. There is some nice animation but I honestly kept falling asleep because nothing engaged me about the story.
I haven’t been a big fan of most of the post-Iraq war movies portraying the life of soldiers. I can’t explain why but most of them don’t really work; however, Megan Leavey is an exception. It’s very heart-felt without being preachy or overbearing. Kate Marra is great in the lead role and I really felt for her and her dog. Some may call it sentimental but I think it was moving and beautiful.
This is a french animated film about an old woman who gets left behind on an resort island and must figure out how to survive on her own. As she lives she is reborn in a way and gets a new energy for life.
I loved this film! The animation is beautiful with a whimsical quality and I loved Louise as a character. It might have too little plot for some people but I really thought it was charming. It’s worth hunting down if you can find it. The music and sound design were perfect also.
It’s only major flaw is perhaps that it is not as good as Hell or High Water– writer Taylor Sheridan’s previous film. This is his first time directing and he does a great job creating atmosphere and tone. I had a few issues with the way the female characters were portrayed but it was still an engaging mystery.
2017 has been such a great year for anime that I wanted to love this but I couldn’t get on board. The visuals and world building are impressive and it will entertain small kids but I found it repetitive, exposition heavy and boring.
I reviewed it for Rotoscopers.com here.
I was actually excited for Home Again as I love a good romantic comedy and we get way too few of them these days. Unfortunately Home Again wasn’t a romantic comedy. It wasn’t a romance. It was a sitcom about 3 guys trying to get a screenplay made in LA and an older woman helping them out. I hope we get better romances in the future but until then I will enjoy Hallmark movies and my Hallmark podcast I’ve started which you can find here.
I absolutely loved this indie animated film about a Chinese/Iranian girl who gets invited to a poetry festival in Iran. While there she learns much about her father, family, identity, life and poetry. It was funny, emotional, sweet and very well written. I loved the unique artistic style and music. If you can find it see it!
I reviewed it on rotoscopers.com here
This seems to be the year for lots of films that satisfy the Anglophile in me and all of the British films have been worth a watch. So is the case with Viceroy’s House. It tells the story of the last Viceroy in India and the events that happened to split India and Pakistan. Director Gurinder Chadha has a personal connection to this story and it comes through. The cast is good and it is handsomely produced. There are definitely sentimental and predictable moments but it is enjoyable
I recently became aware of the term ‘mumblecore’. This is an indie film that follows characters around and shows their everyday life and Person to Person is such a film. I don’t require a strong plot for my movies. I love Richard Linklater movies and enjoyed a film like Maggie’s Plan from last year. However, this one didn’t really do it for me. The people didn’t feel real enough and so it felt like following around a bunch of New York caricatures instead of people. There are some nice moments but over all it didn’t work
I have been a big fan of both the previous Lego movies but must own to feeling underwhelmed by Lego Ninjago. My main problem was it felt very derivative. It’s not just derivative of the previous Lego movies but of Kung fu Panda, Star Wars and a myriad of other films. This made it feel very repetitive and boring. The animation isn’t as good as the original Lego Movie (neither was Lego Batman tbh) and the live action elements didn’t have the emotion of the original film. There is some fun action and the scenes with the cat were hilarious but I can’t recommend Lego Ninjago.
Known in other countries as Ballerina, Leap is a European animated film that will satisfy its target demographic of little girls dreaming of being a ballerina. It’s got decent animation and is a perfectly harmless animated film. However, I did have a major issue with it. The message of the movie is to be a dreamer, which is great. The problem is these dreams come pretty easily to our young heroine. She gets parts in ballets that others have worked for years to get when she is just learning the basic positions because she has the heart! I don’t think this is a great message for girls. Dreaming is wonderful but it must also be accompanied by the requisite hard work.
Frown Worthy (but it is very close. Smile worthy if you are an 8 year old girl who loves to dance)
So there you have it! Let me know if you have seen any of these films and what you thought of them. Thanks tons and happy movie watching!
8 thoughts on “Current Mini Reviews”
I haven’t even heard of some of these animated films before.
Nice. I love introducing people to new films
It’s a shame you weren’t able to write a full review for Beatriz at Dinner but seeing as how you hated it, I can understand why you chose not to.
It’s fascinating how people can see the same film and receive a completely different sentiment being expressed.
For one thing, the catalyst for John Lithgow’s character is NOT Donald Trump. It was Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist turned big game hunter responsible for the killing of Cecil, the lion in July 2015.
But that’s just the surface. Dig deeper. Are we really supposed to side with Beatriz? It’s debatable. I mean her actions at the end are certainly not admirable. You’re definitely supposed to dislike Doug Strutt. That’s clear, but the screenplay gently makes fun of her as well. I saw the script as much more complicated and nuanced.
Check out my review where I go into a lot more detail: https://fastfilmreviews.com/2017/06/27/beatriz-at-dinner/
It is very interesting. I was actively annoyed by it. It seemed like a chance to tell people who feel a certain way how elevated they are and how evil the conservative 1% are. Her actions may not have been admirable at the end but I felt there was a certain degree of voyeurism in it. That people who hate Donald Trump and the 1% Republican elites had the chance to fantasize about killing them and throwing a phone at them. There were moments when they were actually nice to her and she acted like a real jerk. The movie seemed to celebrate her for that. I didn’t feel like the film made fun of her but that she was kind of an anti-hero. I remember you saying you loved it, so I will have to read your review. Just one of those movies I guess.
I go into a little more detail here at the 5:17 mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ele3qL1kxQQ
Some of my conservative friends actually really liked Beatriz lol
That’s cool. I can only speak for myself. I found it actively irritating
I have actually heard from a number of people on both sides who found it very heavy handed like I did