A real challenge for any tale such as this is to create depth among even the antagonists, and this film strongly succeeds. All of these relationships feel layered and complex …
The stakes, however small and personal, are clearly defined. The story never careens too far into any extreme, avoiding becoming too volatile and maintaining cohesion, all enhanced tremendously with the stunning cinematography by Denson Baker …
The film builds to a conclusion that dodges an overabundance of melodrama, opting for a more stripped-down truth that lands beautifully in its finesse.
I loved this film – I was smiling and crying while watching it and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I even rated it 4/4 stars!
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban musicians Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán, separated in their childhood and reunited intermittently throughout their adult lives… Ilmar studying violin abroad while Aldo remained in Cuba, learning piano. They…became masters of their respective instruments, all the while longing to someday record an album together…
The film doesn’t openly condemn anyone, keeping the focus on personal experience, not politics. It shines a light on how Aldo and Ilmar have adjusted to these political restrictions on their lives and the candid truth of their experience is enough to wrench your heart.
This one was tough to write. If you’re planning to watch Jupiter’s Legacy, brace yourself. One thing I don’t cover in this review is the cavalier attitudes towards mental illness, addiction, and suicide.
With the yo-yoing back and forth between centuries, plus an overcrowded cast of characters, plot threads get muddled or abandoned altogether … which causes the symbolism to grow murky and elicits uncomfortable questions… A few moments manage to shine, including an Episode-Seven fight sequence featuring the non-super-powered Hutch (Ian Quinlan). The show really would have benefitted from more of such ingenuity.
The ideas of generational divides, idealism vs. harsh reality and, perhaps the most important and underused of all, action vs. inaction, may be worthwhile in theory, but they just don’t deliver in execution.
Between the new family in town, the somewhat-haunted forest, a local legend, one dying parent, an estranged relationship with the other, and running away from home, one might expect The Water Man to feel like a bundle of strewn-together clichés. Instead, David Oyelowo’s directorial feature debut is a well-paced and cohesive expedition into that strange and wondrous place where imagination meets reality…
I enjoyed “The Water Man” tremendously – even if it made me a bit misty-eyed.
I am really looking forward to whatever David Oyelowo is planning to do next!
I’ve been on something on a book hiatus for the past couple of years. Writing my own novel and trying to finish it probably had a lot to do with that. However, my lack of reading started to worry me; at first, I felt guilty, then I started to miss it. Last year, I picked up A Wrinkle In Time for the first time (in preparation for seeing the film), followed quickly by Neverwhere (my first Gaiman novel) since there was a staged production coming up near me. I rounded out this set of books with Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, and each of these books were fantastic, in their own, unique way. All three deserve their own book reviews (coming soon, I hope) and all three were delicious reading experiences. They suited me perfectly and, with their powers combined, they sucked me back into the world of reading. I found myself seeking a new book that would ring similar tones to Neverwhere, thus I landed on The Night Circus. It’s been on my TBR list for years. I can remember seeing it on a shelf in a local indie bookstore in Vermont back in the summer of 2012, thinking, I really should get a move on with this.
Immediately after starting this book, I said to myself, “I can see what all the hype was about.” There had been a reputation surrounding this book since publication, or so it seemed. It had given me pause (much in the way Harry Potter had done), and considering the inside cover sells the idea that this book rides on a romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even when I carried this book out of the library, a girl passed me, doubled back, and told me how wonderful it was. From the first few pages, I could feel the strength of the story, and the control Morgenstern has with her words, with her craft. Even more delightfully, that sense of wonder and immersion continued through to the end of the book. I kept worrying that it would fall apart, that the book would run out of steam and turn out to be a dud, but it follows through.
Also, the audiobook is brilliant, spectacularly narrated by Jim Dale.
Verdict: I enjoyed reading this story tremendously and I can’t wait to see what Erin Morgenstern comes up with next.
For the past several years, a highlight of my week is what my friends and I call “Watch-It Wednesdays.” The name has changed a few times (i.e. “Marathon Mondays”) but the idea has stayed the same; myself and a group of friends gather together to watch a movie (or a couple episodes of a television series). Considering how busy our lives get, this weekly staple provides a chance to stay connected with friends and partake in some good old-fashioned fun. Call it an exercise in self-care. This also has brought some remarkable new titles into my life; most recently, the anime film, your name. Though I’m super late to that bandwagon, I’ll probably have to write a post about that pretty soon. It was well worth the hype!
In any event, I’m going to start blogging about the films we watch each week. We’ve gone through quite a few themes and collections (Doctor Who, Veronica Mars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Firefly…) but now we’re beginning the journey through the films ofPixar Animation Studios, moving chronologically. So, last week we began with Toy Story and this week we watched A Bug’s Life. In both cases, it’s remarkable how well the story, characters, and animation hold up…and I shall elaborate in the separate reviews to come.