It’s pretty eerie and surprisingly ironic to hear how he manifested his entire career. Ideas he had about the type of music he wanted to create and the opportunities he made for himself almost all came true over the course of the next two decades.
A dark comedy with some Gen Z satire and social commentary packed in, ‘Emergency’ is definitely a highlight of my Sundance 2022 experience. This funny college party movie quickly shifts its focus to touch on problems today’s youth face. The film follows three young men of color who are forced to weigh the pros and cons of calling the police after discovering a drunk white girl knocked out in their house.
Thrilling, absorbing, and impactful, ‘892’ offers up superb performances from John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Michael K. Williams (in his final role), Selenis Levya, and Connie Britton while drawing attention to some tragic systemic issues.
This HBO Max series from James Gunn is a breath of fresh air in this genre that can often feel really rigid and overly structured. “Peacemaker” is given the chance to let loose a little bit and be its own kind of fun.
This is visual mastery at play with tremendous acting performances and an eerie sense of spirit that make it quite the cinematic experience to be had.
Featuring one of the most specifically time-period relevant soundtracks, The Tender Bar soundtrack successfully combines the greatest hits from the late 1960’s, 1970’s, and early 1980’s with some lesser known songs by the biggest artists during that time.
This is such a relatable but personal story that I feel many will share a pretty heartfelt connection. The script is really a cocktail of life lessons, and there are so many instantly quote-able lines. Ben Affleck is the cool uncle you always wanted, and Tye Sheridan, Daniel Ranieri, and Lily Rabe are all great here.
This stellar ensemble cast is weight down by a predictable and often bland story despite ‘The 355’s cultural variety and incredibly well choreographed action sequences.
2021 was… a year. But we had movies to escape it for even a little while. This list changes for me so often, but if it’s on this list, that means it made a lasting impact on me this year.
The crisp cinematography, striking color palette, and calculated camerawork made this absolutely fascinating eye candy (and with such great substance of a story, too).