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  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★

    Studios & director Armando Ianucci meet: 

    Studios: we look forward to fund your next project. We loved ”Death for Stalin”. 
    Ianucci: I want to do a novel adaptation of David Copperfield this time. 
    Studios: but you’ve never done that. Will it be funny? 
    Ianucci: it’ll be playfully funny. I plan to cast Dev Patel in a sort of reimagining of the story. 
    Studios: that sounds fun. However, we don’t think that book can be told in one single film. It’ll be…

  • Yes Day

    Yes Day

    ★★★

    Cute and watchable. I was expecting more shenanigans but the film ended up being a safe PG affair. Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez as the parents to three adorable kids are the highlights of the film. The Venezuelan-born actor was particularly effective in a quirky role that I hadn’t seen him in before. 
    I wish the film had been a little less favorable to the parents as it made have made for a more exciting watch had it sided with the kids.

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  • The Two Popes

    The Two Popes

    ★★★★

    Ancient institutions, such as the Catholic Church, have always been a curiosity of mine. This film doesn’t just feed that interest, but it attempts to enlighten us as to the spiritual reminiscing of two great preachers of the faith. 
    Though I appreciated some of the film’s literary tangents, I also found myself at odds with the film’s attempt to lecture us about politics and economic models. 
    As much time as the film spent as a simple conversation between two very…

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    Unlike many other biopics in the history of cinema, Spike Lee's 1992 masterpiece takes measure of every step in the life of a man not to show chapters, or steps, or highlights of his days on this Earth, but to give us an Earthly man, both flawed and gifted, both angry and gracious, both hesitant and brave. The story of Malcolm X as portrayed by Spike Lee is the story of an African American man navigating life, and making mistakes,…