by kishner Monday, May 2, 2016

Four films I watched this weekend at home:
  • The Hunt: A difficult-to-watch Danish film about a male kindergarten teacher who is falsely accused of having molested a student. A performance of "moving stillness" by Mads Mikkelsen, but I never want to watch this film again.
  • Room: Both Brie Larson and the child actor who played her son were amazing. Emotionally powerful film, and I was not disappointed by the book's translation to the screen.
  • 16 Blocks: Bruce Willis and Mos Def try to get to court on time, with David Morse as the villain trying to prevent Mos Def from testifying against a group of corrupt cops. No reason for this movie to exist, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
  • Begin Again: By John Carney, director of Once. I had no desire to see this after having read the movie reviews when it came out, but my daughter told me recently that she really enjoyed it, so I gave it a try. I was impressed by Mark Ruffalo, he played a very different character than the ones he usually portrays; I bought into his performance as A&R guy/music producer. Kiera Knightley turned in a strong performance as well. Her singing is not especially powerful and I didn't care that much for the music, but the plot was fun and ultimately unconventional.

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