Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Moonlight: Movie Review


Thrives in the unevenness of life.
Beautiful and brilliant at times, brutal and uncomfortably real at others, Moonlight is a tough watch. Thought-provoking for sure, but it’s entirely up to you to find a connection to these characters – or this character, only one is actually explored. The film is a three-part story. The first part is Little (young Chiron), a small African American kid bullied on a daily basis and raised by his crack-addicted mother, and even at that young age is searching for a better way of life. 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Screenplay by: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Phenom: Movie Review


Interesting character study with unclear intentions.
The Phenom is not a baseball movie; that fact should make it more universal, but its disorienting structure and unclear journey do make this otherwise sound character study a difficult watch. Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) is a young man who believes (and is told) that he is destined for greatness; however, to actually achieve that greatness, he must overcome personal demons from his past – mainly his abusive father. The story is an interesting and affecting one. 2016

Directed by: Noah Buschel

Screenplay by: Noah Buschel

Starring: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke