A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
A brilliantly understated epic! Scorsese delivers an epic mob story that is profoundly delicate, and technically perfect.
It's nothing short of amazing, the feeling you get seeing these colossal actors back on the big screen with Marty calling the shots. De Niro is the best he's been in years, even decades. To see Joe Pesci back is really a pinch yourself moment. I can't believe he was asked over 50 times by Scorese to do this. Pacino is Pacino, and that's always a good thing, but in his first ever film with Marty (I can't believe it) it's pitch perfect. Then there's the slew of other great actors in what feels like cameo after cameo. Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Sebastian Maniscalco, the list goes on and on.
The story has the feeling of something extremely personal. The Irishman is a reflection into the past. It's about family, religion, regrets, and so much more. This is an older and wiser Scorsese, and he splatters his life lessons all over the screen. It's a rich tapestry of nostalgia, and at the same time this is a master filmmaker at the top of his game using a new subtle approach.
Reviewed by Josh
The 3hr29 runtime was always going to be a bit daunting for me, and I'm sure others. I would say that a film like this really needs and would benefit from an intermission. A chance to stretch the legs, grab a wine, and quickly reflect for 10 minutes with your friends on what has been witnessed so far. #bringbackintermission
Pennsylvania, 1956. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Once Frank becomes his trusted man, Bufalino sends him to Chicago with the task of helping Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader related to organized crime, with whom Frank will maintain a close friendship for nearly twenty years.
Marriage Story... Wow! Emotions run high in this extremely personal tale of divorce. Two incredible performance’s adorn this dialogue rich, Woody Allen-esque heart breaking film. While this is an amazing near perfect movie, it is also a hard one to recommend. If you don’t want to feel torn apart, frustrated, and emotionally drained, Marriage Story might not be for you. At the same time, I would say this has a high chance of this years Best Picture, or Best Director awards.
Hitting Netflix December 6th, Marriage Story is the new film from Noah Baumbach. His directorial catalogue is a beauty, with films like The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha and the recent Netflix Original The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). He has also written for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The guy is a serious talent, and nothing could be closer to the truth with Marriage Story.
Said to be fairly Auto-Biographical, Baumbach was married to actress, Jennifer Jason Leigh for 4 years, where they lived in New York, worked together, and had a child. This ended with a messy divorce, and while neither of them have talked about it publicly, Marriage Story definitely shows you who the winners and losers are in a divorce. At the same time its done in a very fair and evenly weighted manner.
Separating very amicably, everything changes as soon as lawyers are introduced. Enter the all consuming frustration the film has to give. Two thirds through the film, I really wasn’t sure how I was feeling about what I was watching. Yelling, crying, screaming, it’s full on. But I have to say by the end, looking back on the emotional rollercoaster you have just partaken in, this is an absolutely brilliant piece of film making.
Nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay are almost a certainty.
Reviewed by Josh
A stage director and an actress struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal extremes.
"Dolemite is my name, and f*#kin' up motherf*#kers is my game!" Eddie Murphy is back, finally, and it really does show us how much we've missed him.
Based on the real life legend, that is, Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite Is My Name, is an inspiring story of hard work and persistence. Rudy is a man who just wants to be famous but some 30 years on, he hasn't had his break. So what seems like a last ditch attempt, he takes matters into his own hands and cleverly creates a character based on some old school jokes he knows everybody loves.
Eddie Murphy is excellent as Rudy, and I hope this is a comeback of sorts. He shows us here, that he still has wonderful comedic timing along with really great acting skills, completely immersing himself into this character. The other comeback to mention is Mr Wesley Snipes. He kills it here! He's absolutely hilarious. Let's hope these two nail the upcoming Coming To America 2, which is also directed by Craig Brewer. If this is anything to go by, there is hope.
Dolemite is well written, well acted and well directed by Brewer, and a really enjoyable and heart warming time should be had by all.
Reviewed by Josh
The story of Rudy Ray Moore, who created the iconic big screen pimp character Dolemite in the 1970s.
The Two Popes is a film you won't expect. It shouldn't work but it's brilliant. With two powerhouse performances at the centre, and Fernando Meirelles (City of God) at the helm, what should have almost entirely been a boring religious affair, is a thrilling and captivating battle of wits.
City of God is one of my favourite films of all time, and since then Meirelles hasn't really delivered anything even close to that. The Two Popes is his return to that form with this exceptional piece of filmmaking. There are little touches here and there that took me back to the magical brilliance of City of God. The opening scene of a swaying telephone cord into his energetic flare of delivering character background information. Abba's Dancing Queen plays over a procession of Cardinals getting ready to vote. This is cleverly entertaining.
Written by Anthony McCarten, who has been on somewhat of a role lately with, The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour & Bohemian Rhapsody. The Two Popes just wouldn't work without this razor sharp script. Honesty, it shouldn't work. It's basically a discussion between a Pope and a Cardinal about the future of the Catholic Church, yet the script is fascinating and thrilling. It's got everything from power struggles to unlikely friendships, religious scandals to two old men doing the tango.
The Two Popes cinematography is with absolute purpose. Sweeping overhead shots of Rome, The Vatican and the Pope's Summer House, give a very visceral scale of the Catholic Church. Close up shots of intense conversations bring you right into the fold. It's mesmerising.
Then to the most impressive detail of The Two Popes, the performances. Anthony Hopkins is superb as Pope Benedict, and you would think, Hopkins in top form would be almost impossible to outshine, but somehow Jonathan Pryce does. His depiction of Pope Francis is nothing short of incredible. It could be the best performance I've seen this year. In a year of Adam Driver in Marriage Story & Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, this could be the big upset at The Oscars. I've just placed a cheeky bet.
Watch this film. It's not what you think it will be.
On Netflix Now
Reviewed by Josh
Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict. Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.
What if every memory could be erased? What if something truly horrific had happened to you and the person who loves you most could wipe that from your mind? Would you want them to? This is the story of twin brothers, one of them who lost his memory in a motorbike accident, who puts his fate in the only person he remembers besides himself, his brother.
Tell Me Who I Am is a documentary I stumbled upon when scrolling Netflix. The production and the execution is pretty much flawless. I went in completely blind without knowing anything about the events. The way it starts, the story feels like an inspirational tale of one brother helping another to recall his memories from before the accident. What the documentary develops into, honestly destroyed me. After a few grim facts and gut wrenching reveals I realized the film was far more dark and monstrous than I had imagined.
It’s one of the most heartbreaking documentary films i’ve ever had to endure, last time a doco had this much of an emotional impact on me was back when i watched Dear Zachary for the first time. ”Tell Me Who I Am” is genuinely saddening, poignant, raw, disturbing, absorbing and shocking. The few moments of happiness in this one are worth cherishing, and the rest.. Well, some might be overwhelming but i’m glad i managed to finish it. A must-watch.
How did this all happen in middle-class Britain without anyone finding out? There are still far too many monsters in the world getting away with so horrific things.
Reviewed by Roope
You’ll be amazed, you’ll be shocked and you will cry, but it’s a beautifully intimate story of loss, tragedy & terror, but in the end, unconditional love.
In this documentary, Alex trusts his twin, Marcus, to tell him about his past after he loses his memory. But Marcus is hiding a dark family secret.
Netlfix’s new true crime drama is definitely one to put on the binge list. From the writer of Erin Brockovich, Susannah Grant has created a very factual, entertaining and extremely important series.
I always like to fact check these shows after watching them. Mindhunter, When They See Us, have been previous shows that I’ve been more than impressed with in regards to how much they stick to the real story. Unbelievable is no different.
Everyone in this series is great. Toni Collette plays the bitching and badass detective almost a little too well. It’s so great to see Collette in a really different role. Merritt Wever, who I loved in Netflix’s Godless, nails it again. Wever really is a wonderful actress and one I hope to see a lot more of! But the standout goes to Kaitlyn Dever. Straight off the back of her happy go lucky role in Booksmart, playing the character of Marie Adler cannot have been easy. It’s a powerfully heartbreaking portrayal of a real life person, who went through hell, and Dever couldn’t be better. Some other great performances, I thought, were from Danielle Macdonald (great Aussie actress) & Eric Lange ( also amazing and almost unrecognisable in Escape at Danemora).
Unbelievable is not an easy watch. The intense and uneasy subject matter is meant to stir emotions and definitely sheds some light on an undeniably important and relevant issue.
Reviewed by Josh
A teenager is charged with lying about her rape allegation, but two determined investigative female detectives discover a far more sinister truth.
The Devil Next Door (2019) by. Yossi Bloch & Daniel Sivan
A Netflix true-crime/history documentary mini series, that focuses on the case of John Demjanjuk, and his trial. He was accused of being one of the most notorious Nazi guards, Ivan the Terrible, by several survivors from the Treblinka death camp.
”The Devil Next Door” is extremely well made and never lost my interest. It never shies away from showing disturbing footage and telling heartbreaking stories from the holocaust. It’s unbiased approach which is arguably highly uncommon in true-crime docos, works extraordinarily well in it’s benefit. It raises so many questions and leaves it up to the viewer to find out the answers to these questions. Whether Demjanjuk actually was Ivan the Terrible or not. Has the team of prosecutors proven beyond a reasonable doubt their case? Had the defense proven that there is a doubt? Tricky subject matter since the penalty of the crimes would’ve been death by hanging.
I won’t share whether I felt that he was guilty or not, because I’m honestly not convinced either way. That’s where this was so good, as the audience is left with the chance to decide on their own, without being pushed more to one direction than the other. Not really for the faint of heart though. At times, very disturbing. Among other adjectives this was truly thought-provoking, heartbreaking, educating. Please, give this one a few hours.
Reviewed by Roope (PurgatoryFlicks)
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
Stars: John Demjanjuk
The Safdie F*#king Brothers! Wow! Again, they smash it out of the park, with this anxiety fuelled thrill ride, featuring Adam Sandler like you've never seen him before. This performance should definitely be in the conversation surrounding the best performances of the year. No doubt!
Uncut Gems is a NO holds barred thriller that doesn't give you a second to catch your breath.
Obviously we all saw and loved Good Time a few years ago. This really cemented Josh & Benny Safdie as directors to watch with intent. If you haven't seen their previous film, Heaven Knows What, I highly recommend sourcing it out. While not as polished as their more recent films, it certainly has the hallmarks they are becoming known for. Heaven Knows What is definitely the most raw film they've done, and it's impressive to see what they can do with a tiny budget.
What the Safdie brothers do so well, is they create an ultra realistic setting, and just drop you in. Set in a Midtown New York Jewellery markets, Howard is an owner and trader. He also seems to have a gambling and money problem that’s catching up with him fast. He’s chasing a big win to try and pay back some heavy hitters.
You’re thrown straight into the environmental chaos the Diamond District of New York has to offer. The setting is frantic and with a technique of having dialogue overlapping dialogue it gives you the sense that it's all ad libbed. It feels like it can't be scripted, edging you into a false pretense of realism. The film doesn’t let up either, building the tension with dramatic effect.
Adam Sandler is as I said, outstanding. Playing the edge of loveable and loathsome with perfection. Julia Fox, a first time actor is another real highlight of this film. She plays Howard’s girlfriend and she really shines whenever she’s on screen. Amazing find by the Safdie’s.
Uncut Gems is a thrilling ride! A tense, frenetic, emotionally charged thrill ride, that only when the credits role, will you notice you haven’t had enough oxygen in the last 2 hrs 15. Time to breathe!!
One of the best films of 2019
Hits Netflix (except US) Jan 31 2020
Reviewed By Josh (FilmNotions)
Nick Says (NicksFlixFix)
This movie was even better the second time around.
The insanity of a the first viewing can definitely be a lot to take in, but now with the chance to really focus in on the story... fuck this movie is a thrill ride!
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The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.
Inexperienced Otis channels his sex therapist mom when he teams up with rebellious Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
American Factory is an Oscar Nominated documentary produced by the Obama's new production company, Higher Grounds. Yet another Netflix Original that has been nominated for an Academy Award this year.
This Doco is a fascinating look into different cultures coming together under tough conditions. Ups and downs for everyone involved, it really sheds a light on work ethics and how we have been brought up in our respective countries. Makes you think.
Review by Josh
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
WOW! Highly, highly recommend this!
Based on the wrongful conviction of the Central Park 5, this is poignant and must see Tv.
Firstly the young actors are quite simply, incredible. The authenticity they bring to these roles is remarkable. Jharrel Jerome, who plays Corey, is the standout amongst the standouts. I’m a little speechless from his performance. Genuinely incredible.
Combined with wonderful cinematography, a beautiful, and at times, haunting soundtrack, and a really well written script. Ava DuVernay has put together a brilliant 4 episode mini series. There is close to no rock unturned here, delving into all aspects of the case and its horrendous effects. This is her best work so far, and it’s near on perfect.
Go watch it!!
Reviewed by Josh
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.