‘Fences’ Film Review

Grade: C

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis bring their characters from the revival of August Wilson’s play to the big screen with Washington directing, and Wilson writing the screenplay. ‘Fences’ is less about racial issues in the 50’s and more about family tension and drama. If you thought living in that particular decade was easy, you should be mistaken. It was as hard for the working man as it was for a person of color; the way Washington brings the character of the God-fearing baseball expert Troy Maxson to life is a testament to a man who believes in hard work and dedication, even if it means becoming bitter to his sons (Russell Hornsby and Jovan Adepo). While Davis proves to be a strong force of nature as Troy’s caring wife, Rose.

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‘Room’ Film Review.

Score: 5 out of 5 stars

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room_posterOut of all the ‘Best Picture’ nominees of this coming Oscar season (which I’m very excited to see with my friends very soon at the amazing Pix Theatre), ‘Room’ is my pick for the top ranking by far. I didn’t see ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, and I am waiting to see ‘Brooklyn’ hopefully soon. No other film in this category has captivated me more than this movie. ‘The Revenant’ was an intense look at a man fighting the elements; ‘The Martian’ proved that Matt Damon can enjoy life; ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Spotlight’ almost put me to sleep; but both stories felt real and had clever writing with two very different tones, with ‘The Big Short’ being comedic and ‘Spotlight’ showing us a world of shock; while ‘Bridge of Spies’ didn’t impress me much, but ‘Room’ is something special.

For the first half, ‘Room’ takes place in a secluded shed owned by a creepy man called “Old Nick” (Sean Bridgers), where Joy (Brie Larson in her first Oscar-nominated role) does her best to stay positive with her recently-turned five-year-old curious son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay, in an Oscar-worthy performance snubbed/forgotten by The Academy). Joy and Jack have been held captive by Old Nick for years. Joy was kidnapped at age 17, while her son was born in that shed and only has been taught knowledge of the shed and not the world. During this half, he is bound to ask questions which makes him disbelieve his mother’s stories about the outside world. Continue reading “‘Room’ Film Review.”

‘Spotlight’ Film Review.

Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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spotlightThe Oscars are getting closer day by day and next month, I will sort of be ready, even though ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was missed. I am still preparing myself by catching up on the rest of the nominees for ‘Best Picture’. ‘Spotlight’ is another one of those films, and it stars the likes of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schriber, Billy Crudup, and so on.

‘Spotlight’ is based on articles and reports about the controversial sex scandal that happened in the Catholic church, with most of the cast I mentioned in the first paragraph plays journalists/editors working for The Boston Globe. John Slattery plays their boss, Ben Bradlee Jr. who just wants a good story while Mike Rezendes (Ruffalo), Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton) and Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) feel the scandal needs to be brought to light. So along with the new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) they decide to interview the victims and the priests to get some closure and uncover the scandal that most people would have a hard time believing.
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