By: Henry J. Fromage –
So, this is my last 365 article of 2020, and yes, I know the weeks don’t add up somehow, but in any case, I had 100 to go. Will I succeed next year? Let’s get a good start and see.
Mati Diop’s Cannes-winning and precedent-setting film is a fever dream of romance and revenge, gorgeously shot and enigmatically paced in a way that will stick with you long after it’s finished. Proof that world-class cinema is truly coming from every corner of the globe these days. Two Beers.
259. I Lost My Body
Another beautifully rendered foreign film, but animated, and centering on a young French Arab boy’s severed hand as it tries to make its way back to him across a treacherous Parisian obstacle course (for a hand). Not every emotional beat hits quite right, but those that do really make an impact- a lovely example of filmmakers going for the gusto. Two Beers.
260. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
Ben Wheatley tries his hand at seemingly the one genre he has yet to tackle- no genre at all. Or rather, domestic drama with a darkly, viciously (it’s still Wheatley, after all) comic edge. Despite the culminating dance party, this is the feel bad family film of the year, and a pretty fun ride all-in-all. Three Beers.
261. Missing Link
This completely inoffensive latest from Laika forgot to bring the funny (but not the punny). It’s more amusing than anything, and yes, gorgeously stop-motion animated to boot. There’s worse ways to spend some child-friendly time, but this is easily the weakest of the Laika films so far. Three Beers.
262. Richard Jewell
On one hand, I do appreciate the way Clint Eastwood finds interesting material, assembles a crack cast around it, and gets out of their way. On the other, underscoring nakedly obvious emotional moments with soft piano makes me feel like he thinks I’m an ingrate. So, this film carries the same toothless caveats of all of his post-Gran Torino work. If you’re into it, great, but if not, this won’t change your mind. I’m in the middle as always. Three Beers.