Boy Erased is a powerful, infuriating, and deeply compelling work. This 'based on a true story' drama, from writer-actor-director Joel Edgerton, tells a very effective story in a straightforward and properly dramatic fashion. The story happens to tap a deep well of disdain in me, not toward the movie, but toward the subject. As a long time supporter of the LGBTQ community, love to my non-binary friends, Boy Erased made my blood boil just as it intended to.
The new Disney Plus movie Artemis Fowl was one of the theatrical releases lost to the COVID-19 shutdown of most American movie theaters. The film based on the popular young adult book series of the same title, written and created by Eoin Colfer, has spawned numerous book sequels over the years and has long been sought and awaited as a film franchise. And yet, the movie feels too small and compact to be the start of an epic franchise.
The summer of 1998 went from something none of us baseball fans would ever forget, to one that we have all collectively tried to wash away from history. The cloud of steroids and the ugliness of lies and deceit that accompanied hearings in Washington D.C and public battles in the sports media are memories we’d all like to leave behind as much as the summer of '98 itself. It is the memories of bitter arguments among baseball historians and everyday fans that clouds what was once the most magical moment in the history of the sport, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s pursuit of Roger Maris’s single season home run record.
It’s tempting, as an observer and critic of culture, to attempt to place movies within large contexts. “What does this movie say about insert grand subject here?” That’s not a bad approach per se but when it is applied too liberally, as to ANY movie you see, it doesn’t work so well. Some movies don’t have that kind of ambition or intent. Not every movie is trying to say something important.
Imagine being incredible. Think of what it might be like to believe and be able to prove in many ways that you are exceptional. For some of us that will all we'll ever have is an imagining of our own greatness. For Bruce Lee, greatness was evident, it was provable and undeniable. And yet, despite his greatness being obvious to anyone who witnessed him, he was still denied what he should have been assured, worldwide stardom on a scale similar to or exceeding any Hollywood star in history.
Have you ever met someone whose mood is capable of controlling the temperature in the room they are in? The Shirley Jackson portrayed by Elisabeth Moss in the new movie, Shirley, is one of those people. Whatever room Shirley is in appears colder when she’s there. Her very being bespeaks a menacing intelligence so present it could bite. Shirley is portrayed here as being so quick witted that she could kill with words.