After some minor health issues that have marked the beginning of my 2018, I am pleased to be able to come back to this blog if not with perfect health, at least with the knowledge that my afflictions are fixable and temporary.
I return with optimism because great changes at a personal level may come in 2018 should everything go well and I stay focused.
Continue reading Months in review: films, Academy Awards, #Metoo and a rough start to 2018 (part 1)
It has been over two weeks without a post from yours truly and I figured I needed to close the year in proper blogging fashion. Being that I will NOT be posting a best films of 2013 list before the end of the solar year, I thought I would gather my thoughts to share my favorite acting performances of the last five years.First, I will give you my favorite 10 male performances in alphabetical order followed, in a couple of days, by my 10 favorite female roles of the half-decade from 2009 to 2013 (warning: blind spots in 2013 abound!)As usual, I expect discerning tastes, and I would love to hear some recommendations as to whom should have made my list. Continue reading Top 10 favorite male performances of the last 5 years
In the last two months I’ve seen 26 films, but only a handful of which I would consider watching again. It was a particularly poor couple of months in terms of quality and quantity that I will hopefully begin to fix with the swarm of great films that have come out to theaters or that will be coming before the year is out. I can’t remember the last time I was as excited as I am today with the group of films that are hitting theaters within the next few weeks.
For now, here is a recap of the 26 films I managed to watch between October & November (in the order in which they were seen), while a great deal of my time was devoted to countless hours of catching up with Breaking Bad (finally got to the last season).
Continue reading Months in review: October & November films
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Lincoln)
Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Goodwin (novel)
Director: Steven Spielberg
From the convincing performances of the cast to the careful detailing of the time period it encapsulates, Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln feels more like a documentary (and a damn good one at that) than a feature-length dramatic film.
Continue reading Film review: Lincoln (2012)