By: Henry J. Fromage –
I’m keeping up the effort to catch up on all those Best Of Lists and Awards Contenders, but, like last week, a healthy dose of randomness can’t help but creep in.
12. The Time Machine (I Found at a Yardsale)
Let’s start with the randomness. Every now and again BabyRuth emails me a Youtube link, and it’s always gold. This production of the super generically prestigious-sounding The Actors’ Theatre Production Company starts being what’s promised in the title but very quickly turns into an exclusively green screened and impressively wooden space adventure? Yeah, this is an easy Six Pack.
13. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
This is Al Gore’s “I told you so” victory lap, as many of his more dire predictions in the original An Inconvenient Truth, like water coursing through the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, came true even more quickly than predicted. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as some of his trademark graphs show an equally impressive spike in renewable energy usage- a hope inspiring Two Beers.
14. I, Tonya
The diet Scorcese, Fourth Wall-breaking, irreverently edited and truth agnostic style perfected in Wolf of Wall Street and imitated in Joy, The Big Short, and now I, Tonya still hasn’t gotten old for me. With truly great performances across the board and truly energetic and entertaining direction, I, Tonya is seemingly A Toast made just for me.
A group of French teenagers meticulously plan out and conduct a terrorist attack largely in near silence, then hole up in a closed shopping mall to wait out their escape with Bertrand Bonello’s choice pop cuts bumping as their fate encircles them- Nocturama is arthouse chic meets nail-biting tension, and difficult to pin down sympathies aside, deserving of a Two Beer rating.
16. The Little Hours
For some reason a bunch of comedy stars like Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Paul Reiser, and Adam Pally decided to adapt Il Decameron, the raunchy Italian tales of nuns and lusty peasants. It’s certainly entertaining enough to down Two Beers with.
17. Roman J. Israel, Esq
Denzel Washington delivers another unique, Oscar-worthy performance in a morally twisty old school tale of ethics and law and the difficulty of true conviction in a compromised world. Not perfect, especially in its pat conclusion, but still a pretty good Three Beers.