By: Henry J. Fromage –
I’ve finally properly joined the horde of the steaming, and between Amazon, Netflix, and HBO, there’s plenty to catch up on.
109. Guava Island
I quite enjoyed this Donald Glover/Rihanna/Letitia Wright/Nonso Anozie/Hiro Mirai secret film/fable/music video shot in Cuba on the down low. It’s short and too the point, but full of music and culture and joy with a bit of fairytale tragedy mixed in that shows its influences from City of God to Purple Rain. Well worth an hour of your time. A Toast.
110. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
A good pair with the Fire Fest documentaries but documenting a con job on a far, far, far more massive scale, Alex Gibney’s Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos documentary is a sobering tale of overconfidence and the fast and loose Silicon Valley model straying into sectors fast and loose should never play- like healthcare. A cautionary tale of Capitalism gone rotten. Two Beers.
111. High Flying Bird
Finally, Steven Soderbergh gets to make his Moneyball, with all the real athlete interviews, backroom wheeling and dealing, and sports business critique he reportedly had planned for his version of the eventual Brad Pitt-starrer, but instead focused on an NBA lockout and a hard-hustling agent (Andre Holland) doing what he can to bring autonomy or at least negotiating higher ground to the players. Fast-firing dialogue, an excellent cast, and a truly unique plot make for a quality watch for both sports fans and film fans. Two Beers.
Tight, quick, and nasty, Nicholas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) delivers another stylish, vicious thriller, this time a serial killer/S & M two-hander with tentative murderer Christopher Abbott and many-secreted prostitute Mia Wasikowska as they dance around the social niceties of homicide in a story from the pen of the author of Audition. If any of these elements appeal to you on the page, then you’ll find much to like. Three Beers.