This is a masterful film. Rather than a straight ahead family drama about an elderly parent suffering from dementia, the filmmaker uses the art of cinema to make the viewer feel both the disorientation of the father but also the frustration and sadness of the family. This really should have won the best picture Oscar (especially against “Nomadland”). And despite what others may have said about who should have won best actor, Anthony Hopkins really did give the best performance of the year.
It may have won the Oscar for best foreign language film, but … huh? “Another Round” centre’s on four middle aged men - all teachers at the same high school - who together turn to a scientific experiment using alcohol to make their lives better. It’s a bad idea that is bound to end badly. And guess what? It’s a bad idea that ends badly. But instead of focusing on how their “experiment” in attempted alcoholism ends with dire consequences,…
On its surface, South Korean slow-burner “Burning” is a bizarre love triangle involving a poor unemployed farmer’s son who fancies himself a writer but hasn’t written anything, the new-money Porche-driving Gangnam-style mysterious ladies’ man, and the free-spirited narcoleptic woman who both (seemingly) covet.
And the film works exquisitely on this level. Director Lee Chang-dong takes his time to showcase each of the characters and allows each of his actors’ subtle performances to shine.
That alone would make the film -…
“Vice” - an unconventional biopic of former US Vice President Dick Cheney - deserves praise for its unprecedented approach to telling the story of who was really pulling the strings during the George W. Bush presidency. Writer/director Adam McKay takes liberty with storytelling technique to paint Cheney as a villainous politician but also a human being with faults and emotions. It’s an entertaining two hours that also teaches about serious things like the Unitary Executive Theory of presidential power. It’s…