2017 was kind of a bad year for humanity, and it really wasn’t an especially good one on a personal level either (to put it mildly). So more than ever, the movies became an escape. I wouldn’t just watch anything that I came across, I looked for things that would either make me feel good, end at the very leadt on hopeful note, or somehow enrich me.
I found all this, even in the most unlikely places. Mudbound was not so something that I would have anticipated this particular year, but went ahead and watched it because it was a Dee Rees film. It was not an easy sit, but by the end, although it obviously didn’t change me, I felt like I had a new valuable experience in my life. I even found value in something like Home Again. I can see the problems that people who dislike it have with it, but my viewing experience during a particularly bad day was so much fun that I couldn’t help but fall for it. Continue reading →
The year began with a renewed sense of hope, but it only took a few hours to realize that the world is still on fire. At least when it comes to movies, things started of excellently. Thanks to Moviepass I was able to go to the theaters 11 times (to watch 9 films), and I used streaming services plenty of times. In the end I watched 26 films for the first time, and I onky had big reservations about three of them.
There is no denying that the televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Briggs (portrayed in the film respectivelh by Emma Stone and Steve Carell) was an important event in the ongoing struggle for equality among men and women. The story of how it came to be doesn’t make for compelling cinema.