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‘Marriage Story’ Is a Really Good Movie

When I first saw the trailer for Marriage Story last year I knew it was going to be a good film. My gut feeling was confirmed when it started garnering Oscar buzz and favorable reviews last December for its riveting storytelling and its powerful performances by its lead actors, Adam Driver, and Scarlett Johansson. I finally watched it yesterday and I have to say, it was pretty spectacular.

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Marriage Story is everything you’d expect it to be; a depressing film about a couple who are dealing with the hardships of divorce, but what I found the most surprising about this movie was its strong attention to detail and sense of humor.

Every scene is permeated with a feeling of hilarious realism as the whirlwind of having a divorce slowly breaks down these characters, Nicole (Johansson) and Charlie (Driver) until they’re red in the face and screaming at one another in a thin-walled apartment complex.

The music, when it is heard, fills each scene with a sense of effervescent solemnity that gives the movie a distinct feel. The writing by Noah Baumbach is top-notch brilliant, digging deep into the meat of these characters without ever feeling exposition-heavy or like you’re obtaining small details that you don’t need.

And Adam and Scarlett are a match made in heaven. No, I never thought Black Widow and Kylo Ren himself could come together to be a believable married couple who have to split up with one another but yes, they did, and it was great casting. Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’ Is a Really Good Movie

Counting Down my 20 Favorite Trailers: #17-‘The Last Jedi’

The Force Awakens was an amazing movie so its sequel was awaited with breathtaking anticipation. When this trailer came out I remember I would sit around and, having memorized it, would play it in my head. Check it out.

I was ecstatic, over the moon, beside myself, all of the feelings one can have that are synonymous with sheer joy is how I felt after watching this teaser. Nowadays, it doesn’t carry the same magic which is why I have it so low on my list but it still invokes a smile on my face.

Lucky #16 is coming up next. (Wow, so far, all of these trailers have been Disney-related. Lol.)

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Gave Us One of the Best Scenes in ‘Star Wars’

The Rise of Skywalker is the finale to a saga that has consumed nearly 100% of my lifetime. As a one-year-old baby, my parents went to watch The Phantom Menace in the movie theater and I was there, intrigued by the big screen whenever I heard something interesting happening. Star Wars is in my bones, it’s partially made me who I am today, and I thank my parents for introducing me to a story that I love so much.

Now, The Rise of Skywalker isn’t perfect. Far from it, in fact. There are so many plot holes, so many convenient scenarios, and it’s clearly a rushed story with a bunch of content crammed into a movie that isn’t given the time to be anything special. But there is one scene that is perfect. A scene that has made me cry since the first time I saw it and made me ball my eyes out last night after watching The Rise of Skywalker for what I think is my…seventh viewing.

And that scene, of course, is Kylo Ren’s turn to the Light with Harrison Ford reprising his role one last time as Han Solo.

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There is something so beautiful about this scene and how it mirrors the tragic scene in The Force Awakens where Kylo Ren kills his father on StarKiller Base. Kylo Ren is undoubtedly the most interesting character of the Sequel Trilogy and, for a while, became my favorite Star Wars character (that is, until Ezra Bridger and Mando entered my life.)

Despite having the personal weakest storyline of the trilogy as Kylo Ren fawns after Rey for basically the entirety of The Rise of Skywalker instead of being his good old scary self, this moment where he rejects the dark side to fulfill his mother’s dying wish is golden.

From the subtle music that doesn’t overtake the power of this moment to Adam Driver’s perfect acting chops coming to life as he slowly becomes Ben Solo before our eyes, culminating in the words that’ll melt any and every Star Wars fan: “Dad”, “I know.” And then, when he throws that lightsaber away and John Williams pairs the moment with a powerful swell of redemptive music I often find myself weeping profusely and praising the film for that scene.

No, this movie isn’t perfect, but if the whole film had been like this one part, it would undoubtedly be my favorite Star Wars movie.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

‘The Last Jedi’ Is Really Kylo Ren’s Movie

The other day I watched The Last Jedi (mainly because I wanted to see the Praetorian Guard part again) and as I was watching the movie I realized that while the movie, of course, focused on every character the overall heart and soul of the film was provided by Kylo Ren. Rian Johnson has said many times that Kylo Ren was the character he was most excited to tackle and you can totally tell. He provided a compelling storyline to the Star Wars villain that helped incorporate him into the trilogy in a fascinating way while most of the other characters weren’t treated with as much care and attention. And I love that!

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When J.J Abrams introduced this new villain in Kylo Ren I liked him but he ultimately felt too much like a ripoff of Darth Vader’s iconic character. He needed a little more substance and identity so that I could look at him and not immediately see this Darth Vader-wannabe. His best scenes in The Force Awakens were the scenes that involved him without his helmet because not only did we get to see him as his true self but Adam Driver is such a fantastic actor that you want to see his face and his emotions when he’s experiencing things. Rian Johnson knew this so he had Kylo Ren destroy his helmet within his first five minutes in The Last Jedi. Brilliant! That was the first step to his ultimate transformation and a sign that this movie was going to approach this character much differently. Continue reading ‘The Last Jedi’ Is Really Kylo Ren’s Movie

A Movie Ranking: Adam Driver

Before The Force Awakens next to little about Adam Driver. In the months leading to the seventh Star Wars film, I discovered that he starred on the hit HBO series, Girls, but I hadn’t watched the show so I didn’t know what to expect. After The Force Awakens, there was no doubt he had instantly become one of my favorite actors of all time. The depth he brought to a character that could’ve ultimately been super annoying was astonishing and the acting chops needed to bring this scene to life, ⬇⬇⬇

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was nothing short of spectacular.

Since then, I have seen him in seven films and in each movie he manages to stand out as the great actor that he is. So, with no further delay, here’s my movie ranking. Enjoy! Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Adam Driver

The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?

The Golden Globes are tonight (woo-hoo!) and that means the first major movie award season has begun. Who will win? What surprises are in store? And will it dictate the outcome of the Oscars? We’ll find out soon enough. But for now, here’s my prediction of the Golden Globe results from tonight. Enjoy!

Best Animated Feature Film

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While Toy Story 4 isn’t the best installment in the quadrilogy going up against films like Missing LinkHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and even Frozen 2, which would not receive the same amount of praise as its predecessor, it seems like Toy Story 4 is the clear favorite to win. Continue reading The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?