365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

2Feb/180

Lady Bird (2017)

I think if you told someone that Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lovely Bones), the actress who won audiences over with her innocent portrayal of a conflicted young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s New York City in 2015's fabulous Brooklyn (which earned her a Best Actress Nomination) is the same person playing the lead role two years later in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, they'd look at you funny before looking at pictures of her from both movies, recalling scenes from each, and then of kind of nodding their heads and saying, "Yeah, I guess that is the same actress." While a movie I didn't really resonate with and definitely near the bottom of the Best Picture nominees in the lackluster 2017, I did appreciate her performance...one that was just as honest and true as the one she gave in Brooklyn. And similarly to 2015, her work in this movie is likely the third or fourth best of the year and landed Ronan her second Academy Award nomination.

20Nov/150

Brooklyn (2015)

Hands down, the best romance of 2015 is John Crowley's (Intermission, Boy A) terrific Brooklyn. Note that I did not say that this is the most romantic movie of the year, but rather the best romance. This movie features no wining and/or dining. There are not the passionate, hot and heavy, sometimes stir a little in your seat scenes that you might be used to in movies like Titanic, The Notebook, Pretty Woman, Before Sunrise, (500) Days of Summer, Dirty Dancing, or Ghost. This isn't R-rated. It isn't PG-rated. It is very appropriately rated as a PG-13 movie. It's the closest thing that well resemble the process of two people meeting each other by chance, getting to know each other first casually and then on a much deeper level before falling into a very deep and meaningful love that is both believable and beautiful. I did not know this was a love story going into the film. My mantra this year and sort of been to know as little about a movie as possible going into it. That doesn't mean I'll see just anything. I do have to see first that the movie is getting positive reviews. But if it does have decent reviews and it does have Oscar buzz, I'll make every effort to go see it. Brookyn was a movie that was both the easiest film in the world to understand, but at the same time almost impossible to truly comprehend. And in a word, that is love.