Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1861.
Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse was one of the best films that I watched in 2018 and has subsequently become my favorite Spider-man movie (finally taking the title away from Spider-man 2). Immediately after the first viewing on opening weekend, I knew that it was a film that I needed to own. It contained amazingly animated sequences of action, fun characters that are easy to get invested in, and drama that I’m not ashamed to admit had me in tears. Compared to most of the other spider-films, this one is on a completely different level. I would highly encourage you to watch this movie about a boy and his spider friends before continuing through this review.
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Oscar season may officially be over, but there are still a few more films to see. ‘Hidden Figures’- Directed by Theodore Melfi, and based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly about the three female mathematicians and engineers who helped the late John Glenn become the first astronaut to orbit around Earth – was the choice of film to catch in theaters with my best friend on our usual movie night, and surprisingly, it ended up being a great watch. Watching these three women (Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Oscar-nominee Octavia Spencer) overcome racial segregation in the early 60’s while becoming the hard-working and tough-willed women that helped them get the job done and make history is satisfying. (As Kevin Costner’s director of the Space Task Group, Al Harrison says after destroying the sign for the ‘Colored Ladies’ restroom “In NASA, we all piss the same color.” – Ridiculous as it sounds, it is true!)
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Throughout the history of Oscar Season, there comes one ‘Best Picture’ nominee that strikes you as a truly great movie. For me those films were 1962’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, the 1970’s Oscar winner ‘Patton’, and 2015’s ‘Room’, and ‘The Revenant‘ to name a few. (In fact, to name all the films I found to be truly great would take this entire paragraph and especially add more filler instead of depth.). ‘Moonlight’ is one of those nominees. Will it win this year’s Oscar for ‘Best Picture’? Who knows! My guess would have to be ‘La La Land’, due to the Academy’s love for classic film. However, ‘Moonlight’ is something special. This is a film that grabs your attention from the first frame where we are introduced to drug dealer Juan (Played with sincerity by Oscar-nominee Mahershala Ali) to the last frame where we see young Chiron a.k.a Little (Alex Hibbert) staring at the audience while occupying a beach where the film’s most emotional moments take place.
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