CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young

Much like Call Me By Your Name, with which this film shares a producer, Too Late To Die Young is a coming of age story about young people in a rural setting. Far from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile, Sofia lives in a community in the mountains unencumbered by modern frivolities like running water and electricity. They’re a close-knit group, and the movie … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young

CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

In 1970 Gil-Scott Heron unleashed his seminal spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I find that ironic, because it’s exactly the kind of piece Elliot Haizlip would feature on his PBS show, Soul!, which premiered in 1968. The program was a revolution in its own way, as the only show broadcast widely that was made for and about black Americans. Mr. Soul!, the … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

Buster Keaton was born this month in 1895. His transition from Vaudeville family act to silver screen icon began over 100 years ago. And yet, his talent and charm make his movies as relevant today as they were when they were made. The true test of comedy, in my opinion, is whether or not it can make you laugh out loud when you’re alone. I’ve … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

CIFF Capsule Review: Olympia

McKenzie Chinn has been a rising star of stage and screen in Chicago for a while now. Olympia, which she wrote and produced, could be the breakout she needs to go to the next level. The film deals with romantic relationships, artistic integrity, and loss as the main character transitions into her 30’s. As a writer, Chinn has a flare for getting to the root … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Olympia

Top Movies Of 2017 (Better Late Than Never)

I finally saw the last movie I was waiting on yesterday, and I’ve adjusted my list accordingly. I saw a lot of 2017 releases, and I’ve decided that instead of doing a top ten, I’ll just rank them all. I hate it when the critics lists come out and half the movies no one has seen because they only played in NY and LA. I’m fortunate to live somewhere that gets most movies, but even I sometimes have to wait until they’re available on Amazon or iTunes to watch them.

First, here’s a quick list of movies I didn’t get to see. I’m not counting A Fantastic Woman, because I’ll be seeing it soon at the Music Box Members screening next month.

Stronger

Battle Of The Sexes

The Glass Castle

Raw

Wind River

Valerian

Kedi

Brigsby Bear

The Square

Norman

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Downsizing

Darkest Hour

All The Money In The World

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Collected)

Brawl In Cell Block 99

Most of these are available streaming in some way, but I haven’t had time to view yet. I’m most upset about The Square and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. I love the work of both directors and I’m sure I will enjoy these movies once I see them.

Now onto my list:

60. Song To Song

Directed by Terence Malick, starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Natalie Portman.

59. Baywatch

Directed by Seth Gordon, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron

58. A Ghost Story

Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

57. The Little Hours

Directed by Jeff Baena, starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Micucci, and Dave Franco

56. The Bad Batch

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa

55. Killing Gunther

Directed by Taran Killam starring Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Colbie Smulders

54. Landline

Directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny Slate, John Turturro, and Edie Falco

53. Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Lietch, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

52. War For The Planet Of The Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves, starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson

51. Kong: Skull Island

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson

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