I’ve mentioned here before that Warren and I lived in L.A. for a number of years early in our relationship. After college, Warren landed a job at DreamWorks studio, and went on to work at Paramount and Summit Entertainment as well.
If you are familiar with the movie industry, then you likely know that this is the time of year that a lot of great films come out – because it coincides with awards season – the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys.
Warren and I always watch all the films that are nominated for the major awards – and then we fill out a google spreadsheet with several of our friends to predict the winners in all the major categories. I never guess correctly and it’s sad but I’m good at lots of other things so I eventually get over it. 😂
One of the things I love about great films is that they are true works of art, telling powerful stories. The best films always challenge my thinking, teach me something new, or give me the opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes.
I thought I’d share some of the best films I’ve watched recently in case you are looking for something new to watch. Because of the pandemic, most films went straight to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO so that people could watch them from home. So, if you want to make the absolute most of this period of social distance, I’d recommend making literally everything in this Chrissy Teigen cookbook and checking out a few (or all) of these great films.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Chadwick Boseman has already won a Golden Globe, posthumously, for his powerful performance in this film, based on August Wilson’s play. Viola Davis also delivers an incredible performance as blues singer, Ma Rainey.
The Sound of Metal – I loved Riz Ahmed’s portrayal of a recovering addict and metal-band drummer who loses his hearing. My sister is an interpreter for the deaf and said that mostly deaf actors were hired for the film.
Promising Young Woman – Carrie Mulligan gives a powerful performance of vengeance against predatory men. Note that this film could be triggering for survivors of sexual assault.
Minari – A really eye-opening portrayal of the experiences of an immigrant family – doing everything they can to make it rural America.
Judas and the Black Messiah – Such an interesting film about the life of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Daniel Kaluuya is incredible!
I Care a Lot – Honestly one of my favorite films I’ve seen all year with a great performance by Rosamund Pike. I didn’t see the ending coming!
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – I didn’t know this true story before watching this film – and, wow, it is powerful. No surprise because everything Aaron Sorkin does is amazing.
The United States vs Billie Holiday – I also didn’t know much about the life of Billie Holliday – Andra Day is amazing in this biographical film about her life.
What did you watch this past year that you loved? I’d love to know!
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