As I mentioned in a previous post, I have spent much of the summer/autumn watching movies I normally wouldn’t. To be honest, there are quite a few, so I am going to narrow the list down to eight or ten.
- The Woman in Gold – I actually wanted to see this, seeing how it deals with two subjects I find myself attracted to: The Holocaust (I hate it, but I always seem to gravitate towards movies/miniseries dealing with that period of history) and Gustav Klimt. I found the Second World War scenes harrowing, and found myself getting pissed off at the Austrian Government for trying to keep the rightful owner from taking back pieces of art belonging to her family.
- The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for this movie, and it wasn’t hard to see why. I did extensive research into the level of violence, since I abhor bones being broken, and found that the worst thing that happened was a bear attack. Man, that was brutal to watch. I was actually flinching.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Okay, I had actually been planning to watch this at some point, mainly for Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. I also wanted to see if this continutation was better than those damn prequels that came out when I was in my teens. Thankfully, it was.
- Steve Jobs – This is another movie I had planned on watching. Michael Fassbender is a god, because he played an asshole well. This isn’t news to me, because I have seen 12 Years a Slave, but he played Steve interacting with his daughter in such a way that made you hate him.
- Concussion – I gave this movie a go because I wanted to see how a doctor explains to a nation of football lovers that their beloved sport is causing irreparable brain damage to its players. It was quite enjoyable.
- The Danish Girl – Eddie Redmayne is an actor I didn’t give much notice to, but he did the job of playing a man who realizes he is more comfortable being a woman quite well. This was a heartbreaking movie, especially since the 1920s was an unforgiving time for people who felt uncomfortable with traditional gender roles and identity. I could have done without seeing Eddie’s penis, but I got over it.
- Forsaken – This is a movie about a man, played by Kiefer Sutherland, who became a gunfighter after the Civil War. He returns home to his preacher father (played by Donald Sutherland), and goes about doing household repairs, all while battling the demons that plague him. He has given up gunfighting, and the needless killing of men. Of course, those in town aren’t quite ready for him to give up that title, causing all kinds of trouble in an effort to get him annoyed enough to shoot someone. I loved this movie.
- Brooklyn – As a person of Irish ancestry (they came here in the 1850s), I found the story of a woman traveling to New York in the 1950s and adjusting to the cultural differences quite enthralling. I also enjoyed the scenes in Ireland, because I am a sucker for lush green hills and small villages.
- In the Heart of the Sea – I’ve never read Moby Dick, but I know the basic premise. I also know this movie tanked in the box office, but it sounded interesting enough. As a kid, I was acquainted with the harsh world of whale hunting in the fourth grade, when my teacher showed us a Greenpeace video on the topic. I think whales are beautiful creatures, so watching the harpooning and blood coming from them, it tore my heart out. I realize it was a different time period, but it still gutted me. Despite that, I really liked this movie.