Movies, movies, movies!

Black Panther

I enjoyed Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler.
It is unique, visually stimulating, humorous and sociologically fulfilling.

Shuri, played by Letitia Wright is my favorite character. She is funny, charming and a technological innovative scientist. I loved seeing the female characters kick so much ass.

Everyone does a great job: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Dunai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett.

Black Panther Trailer

Without getting too socio political I’d like to say I especially loved how Ryan tied in the African-American struggle in America with African responsibility. That perspective alone is worth the price of admission. It is unique, unprecedented and I am grateful to see that message shared for all the world to see.

There are other moments of important dialogue that may get lost in the excitement of the film that I am also grateful for witnessing in such an important cultural film.

Brava and Bravo to all involved in the making of this film.

Viva Africa!

The Fifth Element

I just rewatched the Fifth Element on television. It stars Bruce Willis, with whom I worked on Tears of the Sun, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker, whose character is especially whimsical!

Luc Besson has directed some of my favorite movies: The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional and Lucy.

His imagination and creativity are inspiring. The Fifth Element’s visuals are incredible. His theme of divine intelligence in Lucy and The Fifth Element is manifested so differently and yet both movies are so compelling.

I am so looking forward to Lucy 2! I love Scarlett Johansson. It should be interesting to see if her character reincarnates or not.

Voici d’autres films de Luc Besson!


Alexander Payne, of Sideways, directed and co-wrote Downsizing with Jim Taylor. This movie is topical, important and entertaining!

Downsizing trailer

I really appreciated the themes in this movie; human devolution/evolution, environmentalism and most importantly compassion.

Matt Damon was really good in this and Hong Chau, of Treme, stole this movie! She was so good! She was funny, moving and brought this movie to life. Her performance elevated it from a great concept about scientific experimentation to what is best about humanity.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick Trailer

This movie is so good! I laughed til I cried (shout out to Quick and Hot) and cried til it ended.

It’s nice to see a movie sharing a different cultural experience (Pakistani) in America. It’s a love story so win-win for me (my fave genre) and it’s universal in its story about illness and how it can devastate and transform people.

It is also unique to see a story about bigotry from people of color towards white people regarding something as universal as love.

Zoe Kazan was great in it. I wish her character could have been “in it” more.
Zoe and Kumail Nanjiani were both so good.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I fucking love this movie!

I am a huge Frances McDormand fan! I loved her like most people in Fargo. I loved her in Laurel Canyon. I loved her in Olive Kitteridge, Something’s Gotta Give and so on! She’s one of my favorite actors.

This movie is so good from the opening frame til the end. AND I wanted it to keep going.
It touches on challenging social issues facing us today and everyone is fantastic in it.

I left the theatre reminded why I love movies so much!

It was directed and written by Martin McDonagh and stars Sam Rockwell, Amanda Warren, Peter Dinklage, Clarke Peters and Woody Harrelson. Special shout out to Sandy Martin who was fantastic.