#140 Film in 2022: Empire of Light

https://youtu.be/HdMPTgYi-0w 6.5/10 Another film unfairly lambasted by the “critics” on Rotten Opinions, writer/director Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” may ill in comparison to some of his other films (“American Beauty”, “Skyfall”, “1917”) and have flaws, but there is a lot to admire, some brilliant performances and the top talent in all of Hollywood behind the … Continue reading #140 Film in 2022: Empire of Light

#139 Film in 2022: Avatar: The Way of Water

https://youtu.be/a8Gx8wiNbs8 3.5/10 I really want to like James Cameron. After watching his entire filmography, including his documentaries that no average movie goer saw, I did see many bright spots in the 1980s and 1990s. “The Terminator”, “Aliens” and “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” are all fantastic action films that helped define their respective decades and pushed … Continue reading #139 Film in 2022: Avatar: The Way of Water

#135 Film in 2022: The Eternal Daughter

https://youtu.be/5hJR8hEsLZU 3/10 In a dual performance from Tilda Swinton as a middle aged daughter (Julie Hart) and her elderly mother, “The Eternal Daughter” features several scenes of Rosalind (mother) dozing off and falling asleep in her old age. Watching this movie feels a lot like that. This is the third movie I’ve watched from overrated … Continue reading #135 Film in 2022: The Eternal Daughter

#134 Film in 2022: Bones and All

https://youtu.be/0Nu7Z9AxGNg 7.5/10 While I completely understand why a cannibal love story wouldn’t exactly blow up the box office and sell out showings, “Bones and All” has a surprising sweetness to it about lonely outcasts looking for love in a world that despises them, even if rightfully so. While director Luca Guadagnino has made some overrated … Continue reading #134 Film in 2022: Bones and All

#133 Film in 2022: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

https://youtu.be/RlOB3UALvrQ 6/10 While in no way deserving of the Best Picture nomination it received (a purely political decision), 2018’s “Black Panther” (8/10) was a great film that I truly enjoyed and came at a time when Marvel was on top of the world and pre-pandemic. A lot has changed in just four years from the … Continue reading #133 Film in 2022: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

#132 Film in 2022: The Fabelmans

https://youtu.be/D1G2iLSzOe8 7.5/10 Legendary director Steven Spielberg hasn’t worked on a film’s screenplay since 2001’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” as he mainly sticks to the full time job of directing. Yet during down time in the China Virus lockdowns, Spielberg began reflecting on his legacy as he is now at the age of 75. While receiving some … Continue reading #132 Film in 2022: The Fabelmans