About anyimalik

I am just another regular extraordinary man who likes to frequently laugh his nutty nerves off.

LmnO @ Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water


Set in the segregated 60s, The Shape of Water is about a mute cleaning woman who develops a bond with an other-species being who is a test subject at the government research facility where she works. Friends, spies, neighbors, supervisors and colleagues become allies and obstacles when she decides to aid his escape in this riveting tale of love, friendship, power and transformation (rebirth, unbirth).

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/XFYWazblaUA]

Highlights:

-Story- The movie’s captivating chain of events unfolds beautifully. 

-Transformation Theme: All of the characters undergo transformations, rebirths and unbirths. The visuals and dialogue that accent these moments are treat to watch. 
Low Lights:

-The Era: either movies get too wrapped up in their depiction of racial tensions in US history (aka white savagery), or they don’t do it enough justice and simply gloss over them and use them as elemental anecdotes to set a scene. This movie does the latter, and while it doesn’t take away from the film, it’s premise or its characters, it takes away from my experience, so swerve. 
Runtime 123 min, R, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
Overall:


πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯(out of 5)
Awards and Nominations

Advertisements

LmnO @ Movie Reviews: Mudbound


Taking place during WW II/Sharecropping era of the South, Mudbound tells the story of the McAllens and the Jacksons, two families’ whose fates are intertwined when the former starts roots in the farm town. Due to racial tensions (aka the threat of White Savagery) the lines between caring and coercive become blurred. When the young adult sons of each family return home from war and form an interracial friendship, their bond is tested as they critique themselves and their places in the world. 

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/1jhtVWaczvo]

Highlights:

-Mary J. Blige: No more pain? No more drama? Sheeeiyit. While I sneakily suspect Mary signed onto this project to live down this moment 

It was still great to see her emotional range in this project. 

The Cast: although I highlighted Mary J. Blige, every character shined equally in this film. The conflicts and compassion are really felt between the actors.

The Lowlights:

-The Era: While this was a poignant and powerful movie, I’m cool on movies set in this era. No, thank you. 

Runtime 134 min, R, Drama

Overall:


πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯(out of 5)

Awards Nominations

LmnO @ Reviews: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing MissouriΒ 

When a grief-stricken mother purchases Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri to raise awareness of her daughter’s unsolved rape and murder, everyone in the town, especially its chief, feels the pressure. Her quest for justice not only tests the true nature of her neighbors, but also herself

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/YpIU1STH8ac]

Highlights:

-Dialogue: Gritty wit is a thing I’ve never heard said before that should be said a lot. Every exchange was both beautiful and repulsive. 

-Humanity: The complexities of mankind’s(not gender specific) individual character and judgements, though HEAVILY pronounced (I mean damn people are a trip!), were seamlessly presented. This was one of the riveting aspects of the film that had my fist to my mouth. 
Low Lights:

-Locale: for a film to have a city’s name in it, you don’t see much of it. Other than the stretch of road that hosts the billboards, the area’s landscapes aren’t displayed prominently enough. 

-Sam Rockwell: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but nah. I know he won the Golden Globe. Whatever. 

Runtime: 115 min, R, Drama, Crime

Overall:


πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Awards http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/awards?mode=desktop&ref_=m_tt_awd

LmnO @ Reviews: Call Me By Your Name

Set in 1980’s North Italy, Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age tale about a 17 year old musician (TimothΓ©e Chalamet) who develops romantic feelings for his father’s houseguest (Armie Hammer). The two spend the summer exploring their taboo attraction. 

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/Z9AYPxH5NTM]

Highlights:
-Shots: A lot of the shots were set up beautifully. North Italy really shines in this film. 

-Themes: If you can catch them, the symbolism and foreshadowing throughout the film brings you closer to the story. 

Lowlights:
-Coming of Age all over the place: even though done tastefully, the exploration of the couples’ sensuality, after a while, felt frivolous. I mean, the main character had an “American Pie” moment. 

-Uneventfulness: Without giving up any spoils, I’ll just say that this is a 132 min film that could’ve been knocked out in 90. Some parts were repetitive and the dramatic elements weren’t highlighted enough. 

Runtime 132, R, Drama, Romance

Overall:


πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯(out of 5)
Award Nominations:

TBA

LmnO @ Reviews: Get Out

Get Out is a Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller about Chris(Daniel Kaluuya), who is in an interracial relationship, meeting and spending the weekend with his girlfriend, Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents. Awkwardness in conversations on race become the least of Luke’s worries when he discovers a sinister plot being carried out on the family’s property
[Youtube=https://youtu.be/xM1YpntE840]
Highlights

-Misdirection: It’s difficult to praise twists in this story without giving up spoilers. I will say, though, that the surprises that come out are fun to watch and very effective at keeping you engaged. 

-Lil Rel: the best friend/side kick role of Rod, the was-concerned-now-I’m-crazy, was executed perfectly by Lil Rel Howry. More than just comic relief, this character moves the story incredibly and provides a perfect anchor to the civil society beyond the property’s gates. 

-Imagery: Jordan Peele really sells the films creepy/eerie moments with good framing and composition. The art aspect of this film is very pronounced and appreciated. 
Low Lights:

-Rose: Again, without revealing too much about the story, Claire’s character undergoes a transition, however everything from her before during and after seems stale and feigned. Yes, I know they’re acting. 

Runtime 104 min, R, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi (in my opinion)
Overall:

πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯(out of 5)

 
Award Nominations

SAG Awards:

-Best Lead Actor, Musical or Comedy, Daniel Kaluuya
Golden Globes:

-Outstanding Cast, (I’m not about to name the whole cast)

-Best Lead Actor, Daniel Kaluuya

1/14 Out Chea: Sketches from the Underground at @iOWest 11pm

outchea1

OUTCHEA (pronounced ow-chia) is the only program featuring an eclectic lineup that blends sketch and stand up comedians. Produced by iO West’s Leonard Smith Jr. (The Cover Up) and Anyi Malik (Redford), the show cracks jokes on the benign, the scandalous, any and everything in between. Looking for a show that delivers the full comedy experience? We’re “Out Chea!”

This month with:

Amarie Lee

Jay Washington

Bri Giger

Leonard Smith Jr.

Anyi Malik

with guests

Aaron Powell

Dave Helem

Wil Gelin

and more

$5 on iO West website