Watched Dumbo (2019) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Tim Burton. With Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green. A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Took the kids to see Dumbo at Sunshine. It does a good job balancing time and space to tell the story, while being faithful to the original.

I was intrigued about Tim Burton tackling a Disney classic. In hindsight, he was exactly the right person to capture the carnival atmosphere. Also, I really like Arcade Fire’s rendition of Baby Mine:

Watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Mike Mitchell. With Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Saw this in VJunior with an interlude. Ironically, they stopped the film about 30 seconds before the ‘interlude’ included within the film. Interested in the move to incorporate more music into the second instalment.
Watched Black Panther (2018) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Ryan Coogler. With Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira. T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.

I finally got around to seeing Black Panther. Although I enjoyed the set of characters and world building, I felt frustrated by the story. I am not sure if this is elevated in other movies in the Marvel franchise because they interlink so much?
Watched Mary Poppins Returns (2018) from IMDb

Directed by Rob Marshall. With Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.

My children and I saw this at Sunshine. It was much better than I thought it would be. Ms 3 spent a lot of time dancing in front of me. I thought Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt really shined, while Marc Shaiman’s soundtrack was good too and has been on repeat in the car since.
Liked WALL路E by an author (Typeset in the Future)

From a trash-filled Earth to the futuristic Axiom and back again, WALL路E is a finely crafted balance between consumerist dystopia and sixties space-race optimism. Please join me, then, for a detailed dive into the uniquely robotic future of a remarkably human film, as seen through the eyes of its eponymous hero, WALL路E.

Watched Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) from IMDb

Directed by Bryan Singer. With Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy. The story of the legendary rock music band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

I really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, until it finished. Then I had time to consider what was overlooked or not considered. Maybe it is a story better saved for a documentary or simply myth. I recommend reading this article from Rolling Stone from a few years ago for a deeper insight.
Watched A Star Is Born (2018) from IMDb

Directed by Bradley Cooper. With Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg. A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

A Star Is Born is an intriguing film. The byline could be in the midst of another. As Jackson Maine’s life progressively falls apart the question of depression and addiction as a disease are raised. With seemingly everything it can be hard to have sympathy for sadness. (Here I am reminded of Ben Cousins.) The problem that I think the film raises is how we deal with and support such people? So much of society still seems to silence such things.

On another note, I am glad that my wife and I went and saw it at the cinema added a depth to the music that does not necessarily come through when listening with headphones.

Liked Duck Duck Goose (2018) (IMDb)

Directed by Christopher Jenkins. With Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops. A bachelor goose must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

Each weekend, Sunshine has a kids flick for $5. This weekend it was Duck Duck Goose. I watched the trailer and thought it looked fine. However, there was a surprise, a cat that was a cross between Gmork from Neverending Story and Golem from The Lord of the Rings. Maybe it captured the split nature of cats, but there were moments when it took things to the limit. I would be fascinating in a reworking of the trailer as a horror film, because it was more than a comedy.
Listened Loop Groups from Twenty Thousand Hertz

Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch – from Jaws

to The Wire. With special guests, Carl Gottlieb, screenwriter and author of

“The Jaws Log”; Dann Fink, loop group director and co-owner of Loopers

Unlimited; Stuart Stanley, Sound Supervisor; loop group members Eboni

Booth, Dennis Carnegie, Axel Avin, Jr., Shannon Burkett, Daphne Gaines, and

Rashad Edwards; and Will Ralston, supervising sound editor for The Wire,

The Deuce, and Treme.

Carl Gottlieb discusses the art of subtle storytelling in film through voice and sound effects.
Liked Hollywood Doesn鈥檛 Make Movies Like 鈥楾he Fugitive鈥 Anymore (The Atlantic)

While 鈥渙ld-man action鈥 movies like Taken and The Equalizer could be considered descendants of The Fugitive, they lack its character development. Those thrillers that are character driven鈥攕ay, No Country for Old Men or Hell or High Water鈥攁re less popcorn, more art. The Fugitive acts as a placeholder for a time when adults could be entertained by action heroes without being condescended to (see Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, The Firm, Patriot Games), which is why many viewers who saw the movie as kids in the 鈥90s, and who are adults now, wield it as a nostalgic marker of taste.

Liked What About 鈥淭he Breakfast Club鈥? (The New Yorker)

If attitudes toward female subjugation are systemic, and I believe that they are, it stands to reason that the art we consume and sanction plays some part in reinforcing those same attitudes. I made three movies with John Hughes; when they were released, they made enough of a cultural impact to land me on the cover of Time magazine and to get Hughes hailed as a genius. His critical reputation has only grown since he died, in 2009, at the age of fifty-nine. Hughes鈥檚 films play constantly on television and are even taught in schools. There is still so much that I love in them, but lately I have felt the need to examine the role that these movies have played in our cultural life: where they came from, and what they might mean now.