This Month In Review: January 2020 Part 1

Love, Gilda

Gilda

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): In her own words, comedian Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career.

My rating: 9/10

Notes: Though I’m a big fan of the old Saturday Night Live, I didn’t know much about Gilda Radner. This documentary was wonderful. We got to see the start of her career, the inspirations for her most famous characters, and her life outside of the spotlight. Her situation was tragic, but she was so inspirational. This documentary is unjustly underrated, and her story and message should be viewed by more.

 

Kill The Irishman

kill

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970s.

My rating: 7/10

Notes: I love mob movies and this is definitely one that was worth seeing! It has a stellar cast, a good story, and plenty of action. Danny Greene was such a bada** and Ray Stevenson did a wonderful job portraying him. If you’re a big fan of mob movies, Kill The Irishman is not one you want to miss!

 

Blue Valentine

Blue

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

My rating: 8.5/10

Notes: I knew exactly what to expect when watching this film, but I wasn’t expecting it to hit so close to home. Of course, this isn’t the type of film that’s SUPPOSED to make you feel good. Other than that, this movie was fantastic! It was beautifully executed and so tragic.

 

All The Creatures Were Stirring

Creatures

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories.

My rating: 7/10

Notes: I’m honestly surprised that this movie has such a low score on IMDb, I really liked it. Sure, it was pretty goofy, but that’s what added to the entertainment for me. I love how all the segments were really performed by a small theater on a small budget. Plus, I’m just a sucker for anthology films in general.

 

The Dentist 2

Dentist

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Dr. Caine, the psychotic dentist, escapes from the mental hospital and relocates in a new state, hopeful to have a normal life. However, when the past comes back to haunt him, he learns that quitting killing cold turkey will not be so easy.

My rating: 7.5/10

Notes: I honestly don’t know why I torture myself by watching this movie franchise. Going to the dentist and seeing anything involving teeth in movies scare me! However, I’ll admit that this was a pretty good sequel. If you’re a fan of the first film, I think you would enjoy this one!

 

Green Book

Film Title: Green Book

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

My rating: 8.5/10

Notes: I’ve pushed off watching this movie because I figured it would just anger me the entire time, but I’m really glad I finally watched it. Though I’ve been told it’s not historically accurate, it doesn’t stop me from appreciating what a wonderful piece of cinema it is. All of the performances were fantastic, and I loved the character development. It was admittedly frustrating to see the kind of world we used to live in, and what some still live in to this day.

 

The Possession Of Hannah Grace

Hannah

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

My rating: 7.5/10

Notes: I’m honestly surprised that I liked this film! After watching the trailer, I lost all interest in it, but this was definitely one of the better films I’ve seen this month. The characters were likable, and the atmosphere was very creepy. It was like a mixture between The Autopsy Of Jane Doe and The Lazarus Effect.

 

The Intruder

Intruder

Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

My rating: 7.5/10

Notes: A lot of people didn’t really like The Intruder, but I enjoyed it! I don’t think Dennis Quaid gets nearly enough credit in his villainous performances. The film successfully created a very tense atmosphere. Some parts were pretty cliched, but in my opinion, The Intruder is worth watching at least once.

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