Hello, readers! I want to start sharing more of my thoughts on films. I recently downloaded the app “letterboxd” and it helps me log (and remember) what movies I watched and enjoyed.
Breakfast on Pluto
I think this film did an incredible job at visualizing transphobia. Although it was not based on a real life person, the story line feels realistic. The plot line involving the Catholic Church beliefs versus Paddy’s orientation speaks volumes on how the “religious” treat people who do not fit their ideal image of a person. This film also opened my eyes more to the war between Ireland and England, and it is important to see Paddy’s role in this society. One major con I have with this movie is Cillian Murphy playing a transgender woman. Do not get me wrong, I love Cillian Murphy and believe he did an excellent job portraying the role. HOWEVER, it is more important that transgender actors represent themselves in films. I know this film is a bit dated–it was released in 2005– but that is not a valid excuse. Rating: 3 out 5 stars.
Oh my goodness, when I tell you I loved this, I loved this film! I am all for spiritually themed animated films, so this was right up my alley. Moana’s journey away from her family resonated with me a lot. It was important for Moana to follow her path despite what people, especially the ones closest to her, had to say about it. The music in this film was spectacular. I loved every minute of this film. Highly recommend. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Written and Directed by Barbara Loden, this independent film is apart of the Criterion Collection. Wanda, the protagonist, takes a backseat on her life as she goes along with a criminal, Mr. Dennis, who verbally abuses her. I need to do more reading on this film, especially other people’s reviews. I do not want to spoil so you feel more encouraged to watch! Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Knock Down the House
If you are a voted in the United States, watch this documentary that follows progressive politicians trying to break into the House of Representatives. I especially encourage you to watch this if you do not identify with the progressive politicians, because it is important to understand ALL sides especially the side that you feel reluctant towards. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Yes, I finally watched The Craft for the first time. Shocking, yes I know. I thought the film was extremely fun to watch. I enjoyed the portrayal of performing witchcraft and show the effects of casting spells. Spells are no joke and that energy will return to you by the power of three, Nancy assures. From a screenwriting standpoint, the turning points, aka plot points, are strong. It was clear what the objective is, and the objectives for each character were clear. Highly recommend this film to all the peeps who want to watch something witchy this upcoming Halloween season. Rating 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Night of the Living Dead
Another film I finally got around to watching for the first time. Watching this in 2020 really made me think about how life imitates art, haha. What particularly interested me about this film was the role of Ben, the only Black character in the film. His interactions with the other characters depicts the reality of discrimination Black people face. It was striking that I did not learn that his name was Ben until the end of the second act. Besides the themes of racial injustice, I did not really enjoy this film. I found the turning points to be weak and the characters one dimensional. Rating 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Upon hearing about Chadwick Boseman’s passing, I found that it was appropriate to watch Black Panther. I went through a phase where I avidly avoided superhero movies, which I’m growing past, so that is why it took me too long to watch this film. Wakanda gives me Star Wars vibes, regarding the airships and the city in particular. Each character had a clear motivation. All the turning points were strong and effective for building up to the final showdown. As I was watching this film, I could not help but to think about all the children who finally saw themselves as a superhero. I hope all the children who looked up by Chadwick’s portrayal of the Black Panther receive the support and love. Rating 5 out of 5 stars.