MOVIES I SAW WITH MY FRIEND KEVIN THIS YEAR IN ORDER OF HOW MUCH I LIKED THEM
Starting with my favorite.
- •The Man From U.N.C.L.E.I don't think a lot of people saw it? But it was such a fun and ~witty~ spy film and it wasn't misogynistically reprehensible! We were big fans. I love Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films and hope we get more of Napoleon, Gaby, and Ilya.
- •GrandmaA great film of women! Grieving Lesbian Grandma helps her granddaughter get cash for an abortion, a heartwarming flick. A bunch of flawed women doing their best and learning from each other. It's wonderful.
- •Mission Impossible: Rogue NationI had never seen any Mission Impossible films before! Tom Cruise is weird AF but damn if he doesn't lead a quality action film. Proceeded to watch the entire series (backwards) and still like this one best, mainly for Simon Pegg's character and the relationship between him and Ethan Hunt. (It's pretty gay.) Not a lot of women but at least Ilsa gets to take her heels off when she's kicking ass!
- •TrumboJust saw this last night and it was fantastic! I'm really interested in that period of history, the witch hunts for Hollywood communists and everything. Bryan Cranston really embodied the character of Dalton Trumbo and I loved all the actors who popped in for a role. Also great was the attention paid to other issues of the time, like the civil rights movement, and the focus on Trumbo's brilliant daughter. It's mostly about white men but other people get acknowledged.
- •SpyMelissa McCarthy is doing so much for leading women in comedy, and after years of watching her on Gilmore Girls I'm so happy about the success she's found. This movie was hilarious and I would love a sequel of her rescuing Jason Statham from the bad guys.
- •Mistress AmericaAs a filthy millennial, I thought this movie really got that sense of passion without certain direction and confidence masking insecurity that I feel on a daily basis. I also read it as the story of a young woman meeting the fabulous adult woman who makes her realize she likes women, so I'm also into that.
- •Inside OutThis was definitely lovely, a really creative depiction of how mental illness or even just mental workings functions in our own heads. Depression isn't something we should shut up about and pretend isn't there - talking about it and getting support for it is the way to overcome it or at least cope. Also cute and filled with great voice actors.
- •The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part IIIt's been a long time since I read the books or saw the other movies and couldn't remember a lot of the plot. Also suffers from starting halfway through the book's narrative, couldn't tell where we were in the story - rising action? Climax? But great acting from Lawrence, terrifying suspense scene in the middle, pretty good finish to the series.
- •Bridge of SpiesMark Rylance!!! That can be my review, I thought he was just excellent, kinda understated and I loved it. Tom Hanks always great as the human embodiment of Americana. Cool to explore the idea that virtue or "goodness" or whatever is relative - Rylance is a good spy, gives up nothing, doesn't betray his country, but he works for the other side, so that means he is bad - only Hanks manages to think of him this complexly.
- •Ricki and the FlashNot my favorite Meryl movie ever but it was nice! Telling the story of a different kind of woman than we usually get to see, and the music was all highly enjoyable.
- •American UltraHey it was a good time! I liked how Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart basically had the same fashion sense and hair style. Not really anything special I guess but it was funny and actiony with great actors and I can't complain.
- •The Night BeforeSaw it under perfect conditions: late at night during a holiday reunion with my high school friends (including Kevin). Christmas + Antics + Celebrity Cameos = I'm into it.
- •Our Brand is CrisisGotta love Sandy. Was an interesting insight into political scheming but I'd like to know more about the story/people that inspired the film. The turn at the end did seem kind of sudden but who's to say. Maybe that's exactly what happened!
- •Ant ManI was not looking forward to this but was surprised not to abhor it. It's not going to get okay that we got ANTMAN before any movie starring a woman and the old "Already capable woman has to teach mediocre man how to save the day so he can be the hero and take most of the credit and she can fall in love with him" is getting really old. But it was fun so fine, whatever.
- •SpectreHonestly, my least favorite spy movie I saw all summer, and I saw at least 5 (debatable number but it's fine). I think it's just that James Bond is such a Brand (James Brand) and it can't be other than what it is. Mission Impossible can go a whole movie without Tom Cruise even kissing a lady (only one lady in the film but still) whereas JB has to have multiple sexy partners or else it's not JB. Christoph Waltz achieved necessary Bond Villain status tho that's important.
- •MinionsI DID NOT WANT TO SEE THE MINION MOVIE BUT KEVIN WANTED TO GO OUT THAT NIGHT AND THIS WAS LIKE THE ONLY OPTION APPARENTLY I'D RATHER DEAL WITH THIS NONSENSE THAN TWO HOURS OF CHRIS PRATT BEING ADORABLY MISOGYNISTIC AROUND DINOSAURS MY PRIORITIES DON'T MAKE SENSE TO ME EITHER OK. It wasn't that bad.
- •SicarioListen it's not that it was a bad movie it just. Was so unendingly bleak and I wasn't expecting it cause Kevin picked that day and I didn't totally know what it was gonna be about. I still don't totally get it. It's a no from me, Emily, but I still love you.