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Flora & Ulysses (2021)
Funny, inspiring, well written, cast and shot. And the kids were great! Matilda killed it. I just wish the third act would ambiguously turn more towards reality. I think it would resonate more. But maybe it's just the cynic in me talking.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
As a play, great. As a movie, hmmmmm.
Seconds into the movie I "new" it was a play adaptation, and for me, that's no good. That continued throughout: change set, lots of dialogs, repeat. "Show, don't tell" cinemawise nonexistent. Maybe I'm watching too much Bollywood movies to dislike the (un)singing? Who knows? And there was this very strange cut at the end... Which made sense after I read the last page of the original play. That last scene didn't exist. I wouldn't be surprised if I someone told me that that last bit was shot and added later on the production... Also, I don't know if it was the lack of "cinematic language", or because the original script leaves a lot for your imagination but, Levee's rage build up felt much better on paper... 5/10.
How I hate movies driven by stupid decisions...
- Crowe does a fine job.
- The kid is intense, I've seen him before.
- But the dialogs don't help.
- The pace feels like is from a short story that was stretched to a feature.
Now, how I hate these movies where the only thing that keeps the thing going are the stupid decisions made... there are so many things the mom could've done to stop all this... so many people to call for help... but no... we needed 80 minutes of BS... urgh