Film Review: “Judas and the Black Messiah” (2021)

“Power anywhere there’s people.”

A depiction of a critical point in black history, in which the potential of a young leader is all but destroyed by the powerful through the victimization of the ‘Judas’ character. It’s one of the more nihilist movies I’ve seen in a while, if only because it depicts a stark truth of this country so well. I’m bummed.

Anyway, it’s expertly performed and directed with a minimalist style!

My VHS cover pull-quote: “Martin Sheen looks almost as unholy as Leo did as J. Edgar Hoover, which is no small feat.”

Film Review – “Ash is Purest White” (2019)

“The bottom line is, we’re all prisoners of the universe.”

An endearing, gorgeous, at times hilarious and weird epic that’s as concerned with the journeys of its central characters as it is with the hyper development and modernization of a country.

My VHS cover pull-quote: “Being a low-tier member in a group of gangsters seems pretty chill, for the most part, and it may lead to a cinematic journey of soul searching for me and my destined counterpart so I fully support it as a career path.”

Film Review: “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” (2017)

“I had a day of hoping which is more than I’ve had in a while.”

Whereas Martin McDonagh’s previous two films, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, hid a heart beneath crackerjack dialogue and madcap goings-on, Three Billboards lays its bleeding, angry and wounded organs bare right from the start. It pulls comedy from the frayed ventricles, sure, but the comedy is always second to the pain.

My VHS cover pull quote: “Frances McDormand is so good in this I want to re-watch the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge where she was equally– if not more – – stellar. I mean definitely watch this now but check that one out too, bud.”