Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (2019) (TV – Season 1)

From IMDb: “Primal features a caveman at the dawn of evolution. A dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world.” What I liked: Since it takes place in primordial times, the show has zero dialog. Only yells and roars andContinue reading “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (2019) (TV – Season 1)”

Marriage Story (2019)

From IMDb: “Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.” What I liked: Fantastic acting from leads Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, making us sympathetic to both. Intelligent script allows us to hear real dialog that never gets lazy or cliched. Allows the viewer to ask questionsContinue reading “Marriage Story (2019)”

The Mandalorian (2019) – Episode 5

Editor’s note: HOLY MOLY I’m tired of writing about this show. From IMDB: “The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head” What I liked: Hey, speeder bikes. What I didn’t like: My least favorite episode of the series so far. It’s a “safe” show that buys in to simple tropes.Continue reading “The Mandalorian (2019) – Episode 5”

Lupin III: Dead or Alive (1996)

From IMDb: “When Lupin heads to the kingdom of Zufu to pilfer its treasure, he incurs the wrath of its psychotic ruler General Headhunter, who places a dead-or-alive bounty on his head that many intend to collect.” What I liked: Sharp pace enhances an already engaging story featuring one of my favorite fictional characters andContinue reading “Lupin III: Dead or Alive (1996)”

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

From IMDb: “A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.” What I like: This is a very precise film, with a clear vision. Every camera move, every musical cue, every tick in the actor’s performances allContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)”

Parasite (2019)

From IMDb: “All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.” What I liked: Modern day, mainstream suspense film. Certain scenarios and film making techniques felt like textbook Hitchcock. Ample social commentary, mostly dealing withContinue reading “Parasite (2019)”

Queen and Slim (2019)

From IMDb: “A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.” What I liked: Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya brings a real charm to his role and relative newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith bring a superb complexity to hers. Queen and Slim displays a very pure and endearing understanding of love. IContinue reading “Queen and Slim (2019)”

The Mandalorian (2019) – Episode 4

From IMDB: “The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier to protect a village from raiders.” What I liked: Oh hey, it’s the Seven Samurai episode. For those who don’t know what Seven Samurai is, it’s an almost 4 hour Japanese action drama from the 50’s about a village hiring some Samurai to help them defeatContinue reading “The Mandalorian (2019) – Episode 4”