My pick for the best in film this year is a lot closer to what the Academy picked this year. I can almost see it from here when there are no clouds at night. It's somewhere behind Pluto.
Fences - 2016 Director Denzel Washington Screenplay August Wilson Starring Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in. There is a bushel of truth to be gleaned from observing the lives intersecting inside of Fences. There is almost certainly as much … Continue reading Fences (*****) is powerful, unlimited
Add up the positives, subtract the negatives and it's an easy win for Suicide Squad. This movie, especially for Robbie and Smith's performances, will be watchable for years. If you want to find stuff to hate about the story and film, you will have no problems doing so. If one is honest, the film is definitely likable, even if it does not approach classic overall.
Prisoners - 2013 Director Denis Villeneuve Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette Screenplay Aaron Guzikowski One could say that I am not a fan of Paul Dano or Melissa Leo. They often play detestable creatures; almost always intentionally. Many of the best parts of their films involve them losing or being hurt in some way. … Continue reading Prisoners (****) exceeds the grasp of its flaws
Ender's Game - 2013 Director Gavin Hood Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin Screenplay Gavin Hood based on the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card One cannot underestimate how badly I wanted for this venture to succeed. After the heaping of vitriol the producers of the film withstood from those who felt that the book should be punished for … Continue reading Ender’s Game: Show Don’t Tell
Out of Sight - 1998 Directed by Steven Soderbergh Starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn, Dennis Farina, Don Cheadle, Albert Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzman, Isaiah Washington, Catherine Keener, Nancy Allen, Viola Davis, Michael Keaton Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard There was a time, before I was married, when … Continue reading Forgotten Gem: Elmore Leonard’s Out of Sight – Made of stars
Beautiful Creatures - 2013 Written and Directed by Richard LaGravenese Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson Based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl First things first. I hate the accent applied by Ehrenreich. Normally bad accents don't serve as much of a distraction, but this one … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures is a sterile experience
2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins. I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold. The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times. If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars
The Help - 2011 Directed by Tate Taylor Starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen Written by Taylor based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett When thinking of how to view The Help, I think of it in terms of how to … Continue reading The Help is better than a pie full