If this is your first time reading this blog, I think it’s obvious that I like to watch movies. However, the Coronavirus pandemic washing over the globe has created a sudden drop off in the number of new movies for not just mine, but others’, viewing pleasure. As many studios are moving their blockbusters to future dates or forgoing the silver screen to the flat screens of homes, it’s difficult to find new material to write about. Given that reality, I’ve turned to the streaming services and many decades of cinema preceding us for my viewing. While I am tempted (and will) go back to familiar favorites, I challenge myself to dive headfirst into films I have never seen. Sometimes that consists of a film in the last five years, ten years, maybe forty years! For the duration of this crisis, I’ll be keeping all my fans of the quality films that I’ve seen since being stuck at home.
Without further ado, here are some of the movies that I’ve seen and recommend for your viewing pleasure while being trapped in the house.
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Starring the incomparable Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets follows a misanthropic, obsessive-compulsive romance novelist, a single mother (Helen Hunt) with a chronically ill son, a gay artist (Greg Kinnear). These three have nothing in common but form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a home invasion. You learn to love Nicholson’s author character, Melvin after hating him for a good amount of the first act. This film does a great job of making the viewer connect with the characters as you watch them make funny, painful and beautiful bonds, giving this movie a smile that’s earned because it doesn’t wear one easily. Certainly a feel good film that delivered Nicholson and Hunt a Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar, respectively.
Road to Perdition (2002)
Adapted by the graphic novel of the same name, this crime film tells the story of mob enforcer Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) and his son as they seek vengeance against a mobster who murdered the rest of their family. Set during The Great Depression in 1931, director Sam Mendes conveyed such emotion and symbolism in the imagery, not needing dialogue to explain the scene we are watching. It’s a story of fathers and sons that is definitely a movie for men but can be watched by all families. You won’t want to turn away from this modern classic from the early 2000s.
Movies from production company A24 has been a hit or miss for me with their films, but this is one that’s worth a chance. Tom Hardy stars in the title role, the only character seen on screen, as he carries on a number of speakerphone conversations with other characters as he races on a London highway while his life starts to crumble around him. This one-man show set in the confined location of a car is a powerful as we have no choice but to focus on Hardy. It’s definitely something that’s meant for the small screen: intimate, intense, and solitary.
This was my first time watching this animated classic and I can see why it earned that title. Consisting of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music, including Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, this is a movie that is uplifting and enjoyable to watch. Despite the uncomfortable cultural representations that showed how dated it is, Fantasia is a landmark in animation with an inventive blend of the orchestral classics and Disney’s splash of animated characters. A worthwhile watch.
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