Most films I go see in the theater, I go because I have some interest in them. Around this time of year, I try to go to see most of the award front runners primarily because of this blog (get ready to shoulder some blame), and that’s why I found myself sitting through 147 of the pointless, rambling misery that is Manchester by the Sea rather than standing in the sold out line for Rogue One for the third time. I don’t want to mince words, because I honestly cannot spend more than a few minutes more dwelling on this pointless wreck. Manchester is boring, uncomfortable, awkward, unsympathetic, weirdly directed, poorly scored, and all-around the worst film I paid to see in a theater in the last three years. Continue reading Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea (2016) *Somebody Please Drown Me*
Sometimes the word “favorite” isn’t exactly the right descriptor for this column. This isn’t a scene I watch over and over because it’s fun. It just happens to be one of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever seen in any film, and it’s a reminder that when Denzel Washington is paired with great material, he’s probably the best actor on the planet.
Glory is a criminally underrated film from 1989 that tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th: the first all-black, all-volunteer company in the US Army. Some were free men from the North, others escaped slaves from the South. All were fighting in a war that would be run by white men to determine the fate of their people, and they did so in the face of contempt from both sides. Directed by Edward Zwick and starring an ensemble that includes Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, Cary Elwes, and Matthew Broderick, Glory is the film that made Denzel a superstar and won him his first Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Glory (1989) “One Tear”