Unbelievably, lives up to the five years of insane hype. Watching the filmed live play took some getting used to at first but as I settled into the show’s immersive and impeccably-written narrative, I was hooked. Man, this is a dense piece of work. Funny, sad, insightful, soaring, gut-wrenching, exciting and catchy as fuck! Oh, and yea, Lin Manuel Miranda is the weakest link, performers-wise but I think he pretty much made up for it with his other roles. I’m only awarding it 4/5 because it’s not actually a movie. As a play... 5 stars.
On Wednesday evening, Miami’s O-Cinema held a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s seminal 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of their fantastic Kubrick retrospective series. Although it wasn’t my first time watching Kubrick’s magnum opus, my experience watching it felt as fresh and exciting as the day I first watched it –in a poorly-lit, chilly film studies classroom back in 2003. I’m sure my reaction had partially to do with the fact that I had only revisited the film once…
Another manipulative piece of Oscar whoring nonsense from repeat offenders Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne. It's the type of middling crap that's targeted to that septuagenarian base of the Academy, and subsequently fed to mass audiences as an award-winning film in which the straight person learns a valuable lesson from the brave tragic and doomed LGBT martyr. It's well-intentioned in the way that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The only reason this gets the rating I'm giving it is because of Vikander. The trans community deserves a hell of a lot more than this.