A big finish to the year with 9 films for December.
#FF19 Knives out is an excellent, and different, whodunnit. If you're a fan of the genre, you'll easily solve most of the mystery but that's not the point.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 7, 2019
Strong, dry, comedic performances from the main cast. Excellent pacing. Some really nice shots, but not overt.
#FF19 The Irishman is the story of a mob enforcer, over many decades.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 7, 2019
This is classic Scorsese: an epic cast, showy camera work, confessional narration, and a sprawling story.
It's slow, but evenly paced; lengthy but engaging; and ends in the right place. Good stuff.
#FF19 Marriage Story is at times beautiful, bittersweet, infuriating, delightful, difficult; a rollercoaster, evoking the ups and downs of a real breakdown.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 14, 2019
Beautifully shot, with fantastic performances by the leads in particular.
#FF19 The Report is a worthy biopic/documentary about attempts to conceal or reclassify torture by the CIA.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 14, 2019
It's a solid telling of an interesting story, but most scenes could use a bit more room to breath and a bit more character building.
#FF19 Motherless Brooklyn is beautifully done, in terms of its art direction and cinematography.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 21, 2019
The performances are excellent, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a stand-out.
There is some dead weight in the plot, and some overly convenient detective work.
#FF19 6 Underground has some beautiful 4K HDR moments.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 16, 2019
It’s terrible in almost every other regard.
Badly paced, awful musical cues, terrible dialogue, thin characterisation, choppy editing, cheap CG etc
Worst of all: the action is poorly done. All noise, no clarity.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
#FF19 Star Wars: #riseofskywalker has some solid action sequences and big set pieces.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 23, 2019
However, it's full of exposition, painfully crammed in cameos, and plot contrivances that come out of nowhere. It's also visually dull, especially compared to The Last Jedi
The Two Popes
#FF19 The Two Popes is a surprisingly up-close look at the presumed differences between Popes Francis and Benedict.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 29, 2019
Hopkins and Pryce are great as the leads, with their gentle, verbal sparring.
Beautifully shot, lightly funny, dark in places. A little slow, but worth seeing.
#FF19 The App is a dull, mess of a film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) December 29, 2019
None of the characters are particularly interesting, or well rounded. The big reveal at the end is cliche, and obvious from the start. It's remarkably slow for an 80 minute movie.
Resolutely boring from start to finish.
The December Winner
There are a lot of really great films that would easily have won in other months and the winner is a tough choice, but I think it has to be Marriage Story. Those lead performances and the material work.