Best of 2023!

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Best Movies
1. Killers of the Flower Moon
2. Poor Things
3. Oppenheimer
4. The Holdovers
5. Dumb Money
6. The Equalizer 3
7. American Fiction
8. Mission Impossible: 9. Dead Reckoning
10. Bottoms
11. Maestro
12. The Iron Claw
13. John Wick: Chapter 4
14. A Thousand and One
15. Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
16. Dream Scenario
17. Napoleon
18. Air
19. A Haunting in Venice
1. Poor Things
2. Air
3. American Fiction
4. Oppenheimer
5. The Holdovers
6. Joy Ride
7. Past Lives
8. Close
9. John Wick: Chapter 4
10. Barbie
11. Theater Camp
12. Concrete Utopia
13. Bottoms
14. The Iron Claw
15. Saltburn
16. Elemental
17. Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
18. Anatomy of a Fall
19. Maestro
20. RRR *
Best Documentaries
1. Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
2. First We Bombed New Mexico
3. Born to Fly
4. The Lady Bird Diaries
5. Let the Canary Sing
6. Little Richard: I Am Everything
7. Joan Baez I Am A Noise
8. Close to Vermeer
9. Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb
10. Hung Up On a Dream: The Zombies Documentary
1. Fargo
2. The Bear
3. Justified
4. Suits (seasons 1& 2)
5. New Amsterdam (seasons 1 & 2)
6. Lincoln Lawyer
7. Abbot Elementary
8. Mayor of Kingstown
9. Lucky Hank
10. Only Murders in the Building
11. Beef
12. And Just Like That
13. Harlem
14. Modern Love
1. Reservation Dogs
2. How To With John Wilson
3. The Bear
4. Ted Lasso
5. Barry
6. The Last of Us
7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
8. Beef
9. The Afterparty
10. The Diplomat
11. Succession
12. Justified: City Primeval
13. Peacemaker
14. Only Murders in The Building
15. Letterkenny
16. Bobba Fett
17. The Mandalorian
Best Actors/Actresses
Best Actor in a Movie

1. Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction
2. Bradley Cooper, Maestro
3. Leo Decaprio, Flowers of the Killer Moon
4. Willem Defoe, Poor Things
5. Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
6. Cilian Murphy, Oppenheimer
7. Denzel Washington, Equalizer 3
8. Jake Gyllenhaal, Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
9. Barry Keoghan, Saltburn
10. David Strathairn, A Little Prayer
11. Tom Hanks, A Man Called Otto
12. Zac Effron, The Iron Claw
13. Joaquin Phoenix, Napoleon

Best Actress in a Movie

1. Emma Stone, Poor Things
2. Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
3. Carey Mulligan, Maestro
4. Teyana Taylor, A Thousand and One
5. Margo Robbie, Barbie
6. Jennifer Lawrence, No Hard Feelings
7. Anamaria Marinca, Housekeeping for Beginners

Best Supporting Actor

1. Robert Downey Jr, Oppenheimer
2. Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction
3. Simon Pegg, Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning’
4. Mark Ruffalo, Poor Things
5. Robert Deniro, Flowers of the Killer Moon
6. Jacob Elordi, Saltburn
7. Richard E. Grant, Saltburn
8. Holt McCallany, The Iron Claw
9. Samson Salim, Housekeeping for Beginners

Best Supporting Actress

1. Myra Lucretia Taylor, American Fiction
2. Gaia Scodellaro, Equalizer 3
3. Rosamund Pike, Saltburn
4. Maura Tierney, The Iron Claw
5. Vanessa Kirby, Napoleon
  • * RRR becomes the first movie I have (knowingly) included on the Best of list twice. In 2022 I watched it on Netflix. It’s a crazy, over the top Hindi action movie. This year I saw it in a packed, large theater. It was one of my most fun movie experiences ever as the crowd would go wild in support of the action, the heroes, etc. if you ever have the chance to see this in a theater – GO!!

Best of 2022!

These are our best movies/TV/etc. of 2022. We each could have listed more but needed to cutoff somewhere. There were lots of additional movies/shows we wanted to see but due to this being another strange year and changing viewing habits caused by the pandemic we didn’t get to see them all. There are so many things to potentially stream!!! Please give us your feedback. We’d love to know what you liked.

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Best Movies
1. Top Gun: Maverick
2. The Banshees of Inisherin
3. When Men Were Men
4. Nope
5. The Woman King
6. Dog
7. The Fabelmans
8. She Said
9. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
10 Parallel Mothers
11 Close
12 Licorice Pizza
13 Vengeance
14 Elvis
15 The Menu
1 Everything Everywhere All at Once
3 The Menu
4 Decision to Leave
5 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
6 Marcel the Shell with Shoes on
7 Cha Cha Real Smooth
8 Aftersun
9 Triangle of Sadness
10 Final Cut
11 The Banshees of Inisherin
12 The Worst Person In The World
13 Top Gun: Maverick
14 The Fabelmans
15 Hunt
Best Documentaries
1. The US and the Holocaust
2. George Carlin’s American Dream
3. Is That Black Enough For You
4. Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal
1. The U.S. and the Holocaust
2. George Carlins American Dream
3 Lucy and Desi
4. Facing Nolan
5. I Get Knocked Down
6. Sheryl
7. Master of Light
8. The Baby Daddy
9. The Other Fellow
10 2nd Chance
TV Series – Limited
1. White Lotus
2. The Bear
3. Barry
4. Winning Time, The Rise of the Lakers
5. Yellowstone
6. Fleishman is in Trouble
7. Only Murders in the Building
8. Wednesday
9. Life & Beth

TV Series – Regular
1. Better Call Saul
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm
3. Insecure
4. Atlanta
5. Pose
6. The Last O.G.
7. Euphoria
8. Grown-ish
9. Blackish
10 Saturday Night Live

Reality Shows
1. Bachelor in Paradise
2. The Bachelor/Bachelorette
3. Stanley Tucci – Searching for Italy
1. Better Call Saul
2. The Bear
3. Atlanta
4. Derry Girls
5. Letterkenny
6. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
7. The Boys
8. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers
9. Barry
10 Curb Your Enthusiasm
11 Severance
12 Dark
13 Only Murders in the Building
14 Peaky Blinders
15 1899
16 Shoresy
17 The Expanse
1. The Sarah Silverman Podcast
2. Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade
3. You Better You Bet
4. The Shuli Show
1. WTF with Marc Maron
News/Talk Shows
1. Howard Stern Show
2. 60 Minutes
3. CBS Sunday Morning
4. The Michael Kay Show
5. United Shades of America
6. Get Up
7. Morning Joe
8. First Take

Best of 2021

These are our best moviesTV/Books/Music of 2021. We each could have listed more but needed to cutoff somewhere. There were lots of additional movies we wanted to see but due to this being another strange year we didn’t get to see them all. Please give us your feedback. We’d love to know what you liked in this very strange year.

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Best Movies
1 Belfast
2 The Harder They Fall
3 Life of Crime - 1984 - 2020
4 Nobody
5 Passing
6 No Time to Die
7 Bad Trip
8 King Richard
9 Adam
10 Judas & the Black Messiah
11 Respect
12 Last Night in Soho
13 Wife of a Spy
1 Coda
2 C’mon C’mon
3 Shiva Baby
4 Promising Young Woman
5 Sound of Metal
6 Red Rocket
7 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
8 Language Lessons
9 Judas and the Black Messiah
10 The Power of the Dog
11 Another Round
12 Nomadland
13 Panghrun
14 Nobody
15 Passing
Best Documentaries
1 Muhammad Ali
2 Summer of Soul
1 Lily Topples The World
2 When Claude Got Shot
3 Not Going Quietly
4 Tiger
5 Inside (Bo Burnham)
6 Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche
7 New Jack
8 Introducing Selma Blair
9 Holy Frit
10 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl who Decided to Go for It
11 Derek Delgado In and Of Itself
1 The Beatles: Get Back
2 Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised)
3 Tom Petty Somewhere You Feel Free
4 Under the Volcano
5 The Sparks Brothers
6 Without Getting Caught or Killed
TV - Limited Series 1 season
1 Lupin
2 Bridgeton
3 Yellowstone
4 Hit and Run
5 Big Sky
6 True Story
7 Mare of Eastwood
8 Money Fest
9 Sex/Life
10 Gravesend

TV Series Regular
1 Curb Your Enthusiasm
2 Insecure
3 Pose
4 The Last O.G.
5 Grown-ish
6 Harlem
7 Blackish
8 Emily in Paris
9 Saturday Night Live

TV Series Reality Shows
1 Bachelor in Paradise
2 The Bachelor/Bachelorette
3 Stanley Tucci - Searching for Italy
1 Ted Lasso
2 The Boys
3 Curb Your Enthusiasm
4 Letterkenny
5 Only Murders in the Building
6 The Expanse
7 The Mandalorian
8 Mare Easttown
1 Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Crosby
2 Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Crosby
3 Seven Days in June, by Tia Williams
4 The Accidental Diva, by Tia Williams
5 The Therapist, by B.A. Paris
6 The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris
7 Bring Me Back, by B.A. Paris
8 Murder by Proxy, by Joe B. Parr
9 Unseen Carnage, by Joe B. Parr
10 Hatchett Man, by Elie Honig
11 Never Split the Difference, by Chris Voss
12 The Storyteller, by Dave Grohl
13 You Can't Make This Up, by Al Michaels
14 Whore of New York, by Liara Roux
15 Rock Me on the Water, by Ronald Brownstein
16 Transcription, by Kate Atkinson
1 White Rage - Carol Anderson
2 Just Like You - Nick Hornby
3 The Spy and the Traitor - Ben Macintyre
4 Squeeze Me - Carl Hiaasen
5 Agent Sonya - Ben Macintyre
6 Deacon King Kong - James McBride
7 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
8 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson
9 Black Wasteland - S. A. Cosby
10 Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith
1 Hypotheticals, by Lake Street Dive
2 Kiss Me More, Doja Cat and SZA
3 Peaches, by Justin Bieber, Daniel Ceasar and Giveon
4 Good Days, by SZA
5 Leave the Door Open, by Silk Sonic
6 Transparent Soul, by Willow
7 Best Friend, by Saweetie and Doja Cat
8 Can't Be, by Renni Rucci
9 Already Gone, by Brett Dennen
10 Slide, by Coi Leray and Gunna
11 Sad Girlz Luv Money Remix, by Amaarae, Kali Uchis, and Moliy
12 Smokin Out the Window, by Silk Sonic
13 I Don't Live Here Anymore, by The War on Drugs and Lucius
13 How Much Can a Heart Take, by Lucky Daye and Yebba
14 Pick Up Your Feelings, by Jazmine Sullivan
1 Overlord by Dirty Projectors
2 My Way by Aloe Blacc
3 Headphones Baby by The Vaccines
4 What a Life by Scarlet Pleasure
5 Victims of the Night by Lee DeWyze
6 Back in Love City by The Vaccines
7 Heavy Covenant by The Hold Steady

Best of SXSW Online 2021

After being the first major event cancelled last year, SXSW returned as a shorter, toned down, online event. Interactive and music were significantly smaller. Film was smaller too – missing the big name films that usually show at the Paramount but they still had a good selection of smaller independent narrative and documentary films. While I missed the vibrancy, breadth of choices, live Q&A’s, meeting people while waiting on line non-stop action of downtown there’s a lot to be said for being able to watch the films in the comfort of your own home. I was able to watch things at a much more leisurely pace, didn’t have to worry about figuring out if I could get from one theater to another, etc. I was also able to pick out more shorts to watch, abandon movies I didn’t particularly like (I would have liked that several years ago with my all time worst SXSW movie – Trash Humpers) and just do more of my non SXSW activities while still having time for SXSW stuff. So overall I enjoyed it although I’m looking forward to a live SXSW next year.

Here are some of my favorites from this year:

  • Favorite Narrative Features
    • The Fallout – Narrative Feature Competition Winner about impact of school shooting on one of the students and her friends
    • Language Lessons – Sweet movie about relationship of teacher (Natalie Morales) and student (Mark Duplass) taking Spanish lessons via Zoom
    • Potato Dreams – quirky autobiographical film about a gay Russian kid who emigrates to the U.S. with his mother in mid 80s
  • Favorite Documentaries (General)
    • Lily Topples The World – Documentary winner about world’s best domino toppler, Lily Hevesh
    • When Claude Got Shot – This doc follows impact to Claude, another victim and the kid who shot Claude as they go through the health and legal systems.
    • Alien on Stage – A real life Waiting for Guffman
    • Fruits of Labor – This doc follows a struggling, low income family with an undocumented mother and her citizen kids during the Trump administration.
  • Favorite Documentaries (Music Related)
    • Under The Volcano – The story of the rise and fall of the music studio on the island of Montserrat built by Beatles producer George Martin
    • Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free – The creative process of Tom Petty and crew during creation of Wallflowers album.
    • The Sparks Brothers – Interesting doc by Edgar Wright about 50 year (and counting)! career of the Sparks. I had never heard of them but some of the music in doc was pretty good. Only complaint was the film could have been a bit shorter.
    • Without Getting Killed or Caught – Doc about musician Guy Clarke.
  • Favorite Documentaries (Tearjerkers)
    • Not Going Quietly – Story of Ady Barkan, activist (known for confrontation about health care with Ben Sasse) and ALS sufferer. If you like this also watch Gleason about former New Orleans Saint who also suffers from ALS (although I’d suggest a break between the two to replenish your tear supply).
    • Introducing Selma Blair – Intimate portrait of actress and MS sufferer Selma Blair
  • Favorite Music Video
    • The Dirty Projectors – Overlord – I love this song!
  • Favorite Shorts (Documentaries)
    • The Last Cruise – doc about passengers and crew of Diamond Princess that were stranded on ship due to Covid-19 outbreak during beginning of pandemic. I think it’s already on HBO!
    • Red Taxi – documentarian talks to taxi drivers in both mainland China and Hong Kong during last years Honk Kong protests.

Best Movies of 2019

These are our best movies of 2019 (with comments below). We each could have listed more but needed to cutoff somewhere. Please give us your feedback.

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Best Movies1 Gully Boy
2 Joker
3 Never Look Away
4 Queen and Slim
5 Blinded by the Light
6 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
7 Motherless Brooklyn
8 The Irishman
9 Uncut Gems
10 Booksmart
11 Badla
12 Yesterday
13 The Farewell
14 Richard Jewell
15 John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum
16 Knives Out
17 The Peanut Butter Falcon
18 Dark Waters
19 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
20 Brittany Runs a Marathon
21 The Good Liar
1 Parasite
2 Jojo Rabbit
3 Booksmart
4 Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
5 Uncut Gems
6 Pain and Glory
7 Good Boys
8 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
9 One Cut of the Dead
10 Toy Story 4
11 Dark Waters
12 Queen & Slim
13 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
14 The Irishman
15 Gully Boy
16 The Peanut Butter Falcon
17 Honey Boy
18 Waves
19 Avengers: Endgame
20 The Last Black Man in San Francisco
21 The Farewell
Best Documentaries1 Echo in the Canyon (2018)
2 Western Stars
3 The Apollo
4 They Shall Not Grow Old
5 Amazing Grace
6 Maiden
1 They Shall Not Grow Old
2 For Sama
3 The River and the Wall
4 Apollo 11
5 Amazing Grace
6 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice
7 Maiden

Bill I’s Comments:

Gully Boy – Who knew there’s a rapping scene in India? Poor teenager dreams of winning a rapping contest and making it big

Joker –  How does a young man turn into the maniacal joker? This shows how, fantastic from beginning to brutal end

Never Look Away – Epic story, great, based on a real life painter, starting as a young boy in Poland during WWII

Queen and Slim – Combination thriller, love story, social commentary; beautifully filmed, great use of music, and terrific acting

Blinded by the Light – Best use of music in film I can remember, thanks to Springsteen; based on real-life Bruce super fan growing up in a strict Pakstani immigrant family in dead-end middle class English town

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarrantino takes his time, Brad Pitt and Decaprio do their thing; based on Manson family but Quentin makes up his own fantasy ending

Motherless Brooklyn – Ed Norton tour de force as a PI in the 50’s NY, trying to track down who killed his long-time mentor (Bruce Willis)

The Irishman – Scorceses directs DeNiro, Pesci, Keitel, Pacino; how could it miss…it doesn’t

Uncut Gems – Adam Sandler as gambling addict jewelry hustler, Kevin Garnett terrific as himself

Booksmart – Terrific girl buddy story, last day of high school the nerds decide to cut loose

Badla- India, legal murder thriller

Yesterday – Beatles songs to a forgetting public

The Farewell – Don’t tell Grandma she’s dying, she’s doing fine

Richard Jewell – Great acting by the lead; Clint Eastwood directing

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Non-Stop fun gunning, knifing, swording, karate, kung fun, judo…

Knives Out – whodunit, lots of fun

The Peanut Butter Falcon – Autistic young man buddies up to drifter

Dark Waters – Mark Ruffalo, as lawyer suing DuPont

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Tom Hanks does his thing; emotional story, well done

Brittany Runs a Marathon – Inspiring comedy

The Good Liar – Scammer gets scammed

Echo in the Canyon (2018) – Laurel Canyon music scene in the 60s

Western Stars – Bruce performs in a barn, tells his stories

The Apollo – Great documentary, combines history, social commentary, music and commentary from the artists

They Shall Not Grow Old – Actual footage from WWI

Amazing Grace – Aretha live, Stones in the audience

Maiden – All female crew races around the world

Bill C’s Comments:

Parasite – Class warfare told by a master (with subtitles)

Jojo Rabbit – Great Dramedy showing the need to push past stereotypes. While set during WWII this is very relevant today

Booksmart – Olivia Wilde scores in her directorial debut, coming of age comedy 

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood – Another winner from Tarrantino.  Good throughout but really comes alive in final act

Uncut Gems – Intense, gritty film from Safdie Brothers (watch Good Time also).  Sandler is excellent in non-comedy role

Pain and Glory – Another excellent film by Pedro Almodovar. Semi autobiographical as he deals with aging and writer’s block.

Good Boys – Rude and crude comedy – a pre teen Superbad.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Mister Rodgers, but an equal focus on the magazine writer telling Mr. Rodgers story and need for forgiveness. Very touching.

One Cut of the Dead – Hilarious Japanese comedy about film crew filming a zombie movie.  The comedy really picks up in the second half.  Find this on Shudder

Toy Story 4 – Another winner from Pixar

Dark Waters – Corporate Lawyer realizes error of his ways as he represents small time farmer against Dupont

Queen & Slim – Bill says it all above

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Fun action thriller.  Watch out for the dogs! I’m ready for #4

The Irishman – Great film from Scorsese reunited with some of his favorite actors

Gully Boy – Entertaining movie from India on the Indian hiphop scene

The Peanut Butter Falcon – Down Syndrome young man on the run to realize his dream of being a wrestler

Honey Boy – Who’d have thought there’d be two Shia Lebeouf movies on my list (see Peanut Butter Falcon above)!  He wrote this autobiographical film of his life growing up as an actor (and plays his father).  Noah Jupe is a revelation as the young actor (and he’s also good in Ford vs. Ferarri)

Waves – This movie is tough to watch (especially the 1st half) but is excellent about family going through trauma. I think this is what Scorsese means when he talks about ‘cinema’

Avengers: Endgame – For all those Marvel fans out there

The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Deals with impact of gentrification on minorities in San Francisco

The Farewell – Awkwafina is excellent in touching comedy about generational and cultural issues of Chinese family.

They Shall Not Grow Old – Great WWI doc using actual footage that is visually/audibly enhanced with current technology

For Sama – Impact of war in Syria on young family through family footage.

The River and the Wall – Five friends travel from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico along Rio Grande on horses, bike, feet, etc.  The movie shows the beauty of the different areas and explores the effects on people and habitats if a wall is built

Apollo 11 – Great movie using archival footage of Apollo 11 mission

Amazing Grace – Never before seen footage of intimate Aretha Franklin gospel concert at the peak of her skills

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice – Rondstadt;’s career and personal life is explored.  Currently on CNN

Maiden – First all female crew overcomes challenges as they enter round the world sailing race

Best Movies of 2018

Here’s our picks for the best of 2018.

Bill IBill C
Best Movies1 Black Panther
2 The Hate U Give
3 A Star is Born
4 BlackkKlansman
5 The Post
6 Upgrade
7 Hearts Beat Loud
8 Searching
9 Creed II
10 Free Solo
11 Green Book
12 Shoplifters
13 Eigth Grade
1 BlackkKlansman
2 Shoplifters
3 Green Book
4 Blinspotting
5 Isle of Dogs
6 Hearts Beat Loud
7 The Hate U Give
8 Black Panther
9 Eighth Grade
10 Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
11 If Beale Street Could Talk
12 The Insult
13 The Post
14 Incredibles 2
Best Documentaries1 The Dawn Wall
3 Won't you be my Neighbor
4 The Great Buster
5 Free Solo
6 Minding the Gap
7 Three Identical Strangers
8 The Interpreters


Bill I’s Rating – 4 out of 5

You gotta like a writer/director (Brian Shoaf in this case) who names his movie in part because it will be listed first alphabetically in Netflix.  (so no, “aardvark” has no relationship to the plot, although there are clips from the zoo of an aardvark at various points) This film transcends genres.

Is it a creepy horror? The lead character, Josh, (wonderfully played by Zachary Quinto) shows up for his first psychotherapy session with a weird haircut (think punk rock star wannabe), a blank stare, and an obsession with his “genius” TV star brother. Is he psychotic, schizo, a serial killer with a super depressing apartment to fit? He “sees” his brother everywhere, in the homeless lady in the alley (“he’s a master of disguise”), in the neighborhood cop who entices him to joy ride on some stolen bikes, in the local teenage bullies. Flashbacks reveal he may have been bullied by his brother as an 8 year old.

Is it a comedy? The young, fragile, therapist, Emily (another great portrayal, by Jenny Slate), might be seeing her first client, and she gives bad advice, becomes emotional (not because of excessive empathy but because of self pity), begins an unethical relationship with said TV star brother (Jon Hamm playing a version of himself), who at one point calls in her client, Josh, for an emergency session basically to find out more about the handsome stud brother.

Is it a love story? Josh meets a “normal” pretty girl on the street who for some reason seems attracted to him, even after being invited in to watch TV in the serial killer-like apartment. They go on walking dates, starting with meeting at the local gas station. Too bad Josh doesn’t ask for her cell number or address, meaning he needs to walk around town hoping to run into her for his next date, haha.

The movie has a cool ending, tying up loose emotional ends and (spoiler alert) no one has been tied up, slashed, raped, or married. Perfect film festival entry and I recommend it for those of you who don’t need to see the typical Hollywood blockbuster.

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Bill I’s Rating – 3 out of 5

An independent movie with a budget of maybe $1-2 million, with literally only 5 actors and 2 sets (a farm house, and the tobacco farm itself), this very well acted, well written, artfully  filmed piece may earn close to what it cost but not much more because I can’t imagine who is its target audience other than art film aficionados with time on their hands. It’s not an upbeat 80 minutes, starting from the first scene of a brother and sister (terrific as always Amy Adams, who must be the first choice of every director who needs his leading lady to look like she either worked on a farm all her life or is a working class bartender type with a Boston accent, and Terry Kinney) burying their recently deceased dad’s ashes in the middle of the farm. The brother is a super Jesus lover who argues the ashes need to be placed in “consecrated grounds”, aka a cemetery, while Amy’s character is insistent that they belongs right where he plowed all his life. So their relationship looks rocky but they revert to typical brother sister routine, which apparently they have been doing for 50 years, no spouses in sight. Then all of a sudden 3 old dudes show up with their tent planted on the farm, and it is either a sinister or harmless situation, so Amy brings her rifle to the confrontation. They are 3 brothers who (I was going to say spoiler alert but I’m confident anyone reading this other than Bill C. will not be going to the theater to see the film) grew up on the farm till their parents sold it (actually the mom sold it while the dad was in jail for a short while) to Amy’s dad. What do the brothers want? They won’t say directly, we can only guess, but they are alternately goofy, foul mouthed (well, only the one who had a stroke, who used to be nice but the stroke destroyed only the nice part of his brain leaving the nasty untouched or even enhanced), naïve, deceptive, and directionless. I’d describe more but the plot is not that interesting. The focus of the film according to the writer/director, Angus MacLachlan, in his comments after the film, is the land, and the North Carolina place itself, where he is from. Martin Scorcese is executive producer, and it is definitely well done, but I am hoping to be more interested and excited about the next 7 Tribeca Film Fest selections I will see.



Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5

Logan is set in post apocalyptic (for the mutants) 2029 with Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) both in ill health and in hiding.  While there’s tons of good action this is also a more thoughtful and somber super hero movie than most dealing with  issues relevant in today’s society.

Patrick and Jackman give excellent performances with the Professor having seizure/mental issues and Jackman  shows different emotions  and he still wrestles with his issues of how to handle  the destruction he causes and hurting those he cares about.   Dafne King also does a great jobs as a young mutant on the run.  This probably could have been tightened up a bit to be closer than two hours and while I liked the plot at times it was predictable.

As with Deadpool last year, this is not for kids – tons of bloody violence.  But for those who like a good action movie this is worth seeing.


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John Wick: Chapter 2

Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5

If you are just looking for totally escapist, ridiculous action movie with a very high body count to kill  two hours this is the movie for you!

Keanu Reeves reprises his role as John Wick, hired assassin extraordinaire!  Keanu is perfect for this role as he doesn’t really need to act, talks very little but does a great job with fighting, loading his gun and just killing an incredible number of people (since most of these people he kills are fellow assassinsI didn’t feel too bad rooting for him).  Until this comes out in DVD and someone can continually pause the movie I don’t think there will be an accurate count. Keanu is sort of the baby Liam Neeson in terms of being able to star in an action movie well into his 50s (although I think Keanu does more of his own stunts).

The set pieces are never boring (although of course they are ridiculous) and if you like this type of movie definitely check it out.


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