By: Henry J. Fromage –
Finally back at home, I get to focus on some good movies for once. No more mediocre studio comedies for me this week!
159. The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut goes straight to the heart of the American mythos- the violence and greed of Manifest Destiny in the Old West. Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly do a spectacular job of balancing the comedy and the pathos of the Sisters Brothers, and crack supporting turns from Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed round out a bittersweet, funny, bloody, and ultimately strangely uplifting revisionist journey into the American soul. Two Beers.
160. Free Solo
Forget anything Hollywood horror mavens can come up with, up to and including the pants-shitting virtuosity of Heritage- the most terrifying moments you can spend in a movie theater this year are watching Alex Honnold scale Earth’s most intimidating granite wall sans ropes or literally any safety measure that may prevent the otherwise certain death of missing a fingernail or pinky-toe hold. Simply stunning, both as a portrait of a mind that works differently than any you’ve ever met, and as pure adrenaline fuel. Two Beers
161. The Hate U Give
This adaptation of the popular Young Adult novel may not have shed all of its YA trappings, but it still functions as a critical big screen perspective on the specter of police shootings and the resulting rioting that too often dominates our news. Amandla Sternberg is a no-doubter of a star on the rise, and the rest of the very qualified cast do a crack job of making you feel the plight of all sides of this essential, and undeniably complex societal issue. Three Beers.