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

29Jan/180

The Post (2017)

I was able to preview Steven Spielberg's (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan) The Post two years before it was released to the public and even a year before it went into the production. It was called Spotlight and it won the Oscar for Best Picture. It was a fantastic movie. I wish I was more than kidding and with that, I could be more positive about my viewing of, what I hoped could be, one of the best movies of the year. That was months ago when I only knew of the movie title and that it starred Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. In my head, I envisioned a movie about an army outpost and was very intrigued. But then I saw the preview and I wished the movie would have been about a post office instead. Then, when I was halfway through the movie, I wish I had been watching a movie about a bedpost, a fence post, or any other post that would have represented something far less predictable and boring than the waste of talent and time that was being projected on the screen in front of me. It was one of those times (I've had many recently) where I have been more than grateful for having a MoviePass. The thought of actually paying for some of these 2017 movies is even more terrifying than the disappointing IT, a movie that was neither scary nor good. And, with the exception of a couple of non-Oscar nominated movies that I am still looking forward to, but have yet to see (Hostiles, The Florida Project), The Post successfully ends 2017, the worst year for movies so far this century.

31Dec/131

12 Years A Slave (2013)

The common moviegoer of America will soon be introduced to one of the next big names in feature film directing when the Academy Award nominations come out in a few weeks. Steve McQueen will undoubtedly earn a Best Director nomination for 12 Years A Slave, a movie that some say is the greatest movie about slavery ever told. While those who have seen the movie have talked a lot about the acting (and rightfully so), this movie, like any great movie, needs a captain to steer the ship and bring the story together. McQueen does just that. In a few weeks, the common moviegoer will be asking what else has McQueen directed. Well, this is just his third feature film. He has 23 "Shorts" that he is credited with directing, but only two feature-length films. But these two other films weren't just any movies. Much like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) everything that McQueen has touched in his young career has had purpose. He doesn't have any "throw away" movies. The movies he has tackled thus far in his full-length directorial career have been on slavery, sex addiction (Shame), and the true story of an Irish Republican Army activist who, in 1981, protested the way he and fellow inmates were being treated by British guards by embarking on, perhaps, the most internationally recognized hunger strike since Ghandi (Hunger). While both Shame and Hunger earned critical acclaim, they weren't seen by many people. I personally found Shame to be an absolutely brilliant movie. McQueen not just touched, but his ear to the burner in how he tackled the taboo topic of sex addiction. I think as a result, I expected much more when I saw Hunger after this. While I appreciated many aspects of Hunger, I found it to be rather dull. So now with 12 Years A Slave, McQueen has three movies that I admire and two that I think are brilliant.