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Review: A Hero

Rahim (Adir Jadidi) is in prison for being unable to pay a debt. On a two day leave, he sets a plan in motion to repay his creditor, but it soon spirals out of control. If there's one thing director Asghar Farhadi loves, it's a nice grey area. He's been exploring that for years and I never tire of it. I still think of the first film of his I saw, A Separation often. He's a filmmaker that I'm always interested in.  What I appreciated most about this film was its originality. It can't be called basic or predictable. I appreciate foreign movies for always giving me a different perspective. I never quite knew what Rahim was going to do next. I went back and forth with sympathizing with him. Jadidi gives an excellent performance. We know Rahim is doing some shady things, but he's also a real man and father and he has feelings too. Speaking of fathers, I absolutely loved Saleh Karimeai's performance as Rahim's son, Siavash. He has a stutter, so he doesn&#

Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: 2021 Freshman Series

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  It's our first TV theme over at Wandering Through The Shelves and as always we always start - we're talking Freshman series of the past year. You know I'm a Marvel nut, and last year Marvel launched their Disney Plus shows. I enjoyed all of them so I decided to make this post a ranking of sorts. 1) Wandavision - It's not surprising the show staring my favorite Avenger is also my favorite. As a fan of old TV shows and Wanda, this just worked for me. Wanda is a complicated character, and I thought the show handled her and Vision well. It also introduced us to a grown up Monica Rambeau, who I can't wait to see more of, and it brought back old characters like Darcy and made them better. 2) The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - This might be controversial because I see this show at the bottom of a lot of lists, but I love Sam and Bucky's report so this one is higher on the list for me. I'm here for the new Captain America.  3) Hawkeye - I didn't expect to

Thursday Movie Picks - Time Loops

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  This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves are movies featuring time loops. These three picks came pretty quickly to me this week. I adore all three films I'm about to talk about.  1) Looper - This might seem too easy, but I adore Rian Johnson's movie about a man whose job it is to travel through time and take people out.  2) See You Yesterday - This movie is about two teenagers who build a time machine to stop one of their brothers from being murdered by a police officer. Last I checked, this was available on Netflix and it's a quick, yet powerful watch. 3) Palm Springs - This film about two people stuck in a time loop at a wedding is fun. The actors bounce off each other so well. 

Review: The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Who's it for: Shakespeare lovers, Denzel fans, #filmtwitter Director Joel Coen takes a stab at Shakespeare's famous play with Denzel Washington playing Macbeth, the man convinced by a trio of witches (Kathryn Hunter) that he will become the King of Scotland I was convinced I was going to watch this movie and hate how it looks because of my aversion to black and white. I half expected to have the opposite reaction to 2015's Macbeth, where it looks beautiful but the movie was garbage. I thought I'd enjoy this, but wouldn't like how it looked. Thankfully, I was wrong. The way Coen shoots this is fascinating. All his sets are bare bones, yet there's a strange beauty in them. It's half a play half a movie and I loved the way it looked.  Denzel actually made me sympathize with Macbeth, which has never happened. There's just something about his face. I would like Denzel to be the King of Scotland. Sure, Macbeth, murder everyone and take your rightful throne. It

Review: Licorice Pizza

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Who's it for: PTA fans, those nostalgic for the 70's, people who just want to vibe. Gary (Cooper Hoffman) is a 15 year old child actor and businessman who crushes hard on the 25 year old Alana (Alana Haim) in 1973 California. They become business partners and it's played off as first love. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the age gap between the characters in this movie, and rightfully so. It's weird. It's just hard for me, as a one time 25 year old woman to even imagine what would be attractive about a 15 year old. Alana brings up her age at first, then as things progress she gets jealous and petty when her child object of affection starts flirting with a girl his own age. I just didn't vibe with it.  I bring up the word "vibe" again because another review I read pointed out that this film was "just vibes" and after watching it, I couldn't agree more. There feels like there's large chunks of the story missing. It

2022 Screen Actors Guild Nominations

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I was really excited for these nominees to be announced, then they turned into complete chaos. There's still plenty of good, but plenty of WTF to go along with it. Cast in a Motion Picture “Belfast” “CODA” “Don’t Look Up” “House of Gucci” “King Richard” While I'm very happy for CODA, and House of Gucci and Belfast were also locks, where the fuck is Dune? That should've been here. Film Twitter had me convinced Mass had a chance too and that's on my must see list. I'm not mad about King Richard, I think that's pretty awesome. Don't Look Up has a great cast...just not in that movie.  Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog” Andrew Garfield, “Tick Tick Boom” Will Smith, “King Richard” Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” Bardem snuck in over Peter Dinklage, who I thought we'd see here. I was hoping for Adam Driver in Annette as a no guts nomination, but I'll s

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Set in Hospitals

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  This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is movies set in hospitals. There's plenty to choose from this week, I decided to go with the theme of mental hospitals. 1) It's Kind of a Funny Story - I have some issues with this film overall, but it is one that's stayed with me even years after I've seen it. It might not always be realistic, but it's sweet.  2) Unsane - I never would've guessed that I would love a movie shot on a cell phone so much. Claire Foy is brilliant in this. 3) Girl, Interrupted - The O.G mental hospital flick for me. I loved this as a teenager. It's been years since I've seen it, and I'd like to watch again.