Juliet, Naked

It seems this sweet little film came and went with little fan-fair in 2018 which is a shame as it’s charming. Yes that’s the word for it! Nicely directed by Jesse Peretz you know that with Judd Apatow as one of the producers, you’re in for some witty fun. Ethan Hawke, well, have to say, fell in love with him as a washed up musician. Rose Byrne does her fair share in holding her own between Ethan and hilarious Chris O’Dowd. Azhy Robertson plays Ethan’s adorable son. It’s about choosing life and second chances. Great to see with a glass of wine and snuggle buddy making it a stay at home date night worthy movie.

The Sound Of Silence

Harmony. Everything works in this film. From terrific performances to cinematography and of course sound design, this film has it all. Have to admit, I surprisingly fell in love with the quietly unassuming guy who “tunes” places to solve problems and looks at the city as full of notes. With actual footage from a committee on sound in NYC you wonder if such an occupation exits. Sarsgaard takes you on a full journey while Rhashida Jones provides quiet strength becoming the subtle hero. It’s a nice lesson in the importance of being driven by passion yet connected and aware of life around you. A moody movie that captured my heart and provided a nice ending to the sundance film festival 2019. Didn’t hurt that we saw it at the Sundance resort. Date night worthy.

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

…asked Trump recently. He’s longing for his relentless, defiant, pit bull lawyer…mentor. This documentary brings to light the life and career of a man full of contradictions and power yet, how many of you have heard of him? He seems to have unwittingly started reality TV with McCarthy vs the Army hearings. A fascinating look at the man who once aspired to be a congressman yet fell to be the go to lawyer for the mafia and loyal friend to Trump, considered by the documentarian to be pure evil. Ironicaly Roger Stone was a key interviewee and arrested the day the film premiered. Well produced, good music and a fascinating look at history, date night worthy with conversation to follow.

Mike Wallace Is Here

Want to know about Mike Wallace, the man behind the hard hitting questions? Then this isn’t the the film for you. A nice retrospect on Wallace’s career, you do become intrigued by his vast number of interviews and appreciate his hand in the creation of 60 minutes. A work-a-holic, it seems appropriate that the film barely even touches his persoal life unless poignant to his career, such as the death of his son and a lawsuit that left him depressed. It’s an interesting documentary and well made. But, perhaps best if you are bored, flipping channels and come across it, not quite one to go out of your way for date night.

Before You Know It

What a mixed bag! A look at a disfunctional family, the actors are attracted to this film due to the seeming complexity of characters, a challenge actors enjoy. With hints of a Woody Allen story, the writting is interesting but needs further maturity. The film attempts to tackle death, being stuck and growing up. Many issues under one roof. While the film is charming and employs master actors it’s missing a connectiveness that helps you reconcile the incompleteness of actions. What does all this mean? Born of the Sundance lab, it needs a bit more brewing. As that is unlikely, watch it with the girls and wine for a fun goofy night in.

Maiden

A film about determination, you will leave inspired and proud. One thing I really like about attending the Sundance film festival is that my friend often chooses films I might not have otherwise considered. Sailing is my friends passion so I thought ok, “I’ll take one for the team” in seeing this one and perhaps fiind some interest in turbulent waters that might convince me to again risk getting sea sick. Instead I found a fascinating documentary about a lost girl who had a strong desire to do something. And despite all odds at many points in time, she never strayed from her dream. Along the way she and her crew were facing the possibility of going far beyond accomplishing her dream. When that possibility began to slip away, thousands unexpectedly came out to support her and her crew. While the world wants this to be a feminist story, which in a sense it is, it’s really about never giving up. My favorite film from the festival thus far. Date night worthy.

Relive

Time distortion meets Frequency and The Butterfly Effect meets mystery thriller might be the best way way to describe this film.Much more than an exploration of grief! Excellent cast staring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid – expect to see a lot more of these two leading actors. This film keeps you engaged. While you are able to determine much if it ahead of time, you enjoy the journey. Good music propelling the action forward. Director let’s the cast do what they do best. Date night worthy.

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