notable movies i've seen lately + ones i'm looking forward to

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Happy Friday! Today’s post was originally going to be the eighteen month update for my 101 in 1001 goals, and I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress on them but I’ve decided to abandon it and here’s why: I’ve just found that a lot of the goals I made 18 months ago are no longer relevant. A lot of them were New York oriented and I no longer live there, so there were many that just weren’t going to get ticked off the list.

Instead, in the spirit of autumn which is one of my favorite seasons for movie watching, I decided to share some films I’ve seen recently and loved as well as a few I’m really looking forward to seeing in the coming months.

things i’ve seen recently

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019)
I’m a huge Tarantino fan, so it came as no surprise to me that this was the best film I’ve seen in awhile. It touched on so many interesting themes like memory and nostalgia, masculinity and cultural violence, all wrapped up with the outlandish Tarantino touches his fans love so much.

Aquarela (2019)
This was a beautiful documentary from Victor Kossakovsky about water that I recommend you must see in theater for the visual and audio impact. There was such a poetry to it, almost like Pale Blue Dot, where it makes you feel very infinitesimal and demands respect for our planet’s power.

Little Women (1994)
I still can’t believe it took me this long to see the iconic ‘90s adaptation of Little Women with all my faves like Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon. This film was 110% my vibe, with cozy shots of Concord in winter and scenes of painting portraits in French gardens. The thing that struck me most was Christian Bale’s performance as Laurie, thinking about how Timothée Chalamet is playing him in the new version, because watching Bale was like watching Timothée before he was even born. The similarities in the mannerisms was eerie.

movies i’m looking forward to

The Aeronauts (2019)
Three of the movies in this section are ones I saw trailers for when I went to see Aquarela, funny enough. This one, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, struck me because it had a steampunk vibe that was done differently than I’ve seen before. It was steampunk, but much more colorful and magical.

Little Women (2019)
Now that I’ve fallen in love with the originals, I’m dying to see Greta Gerwig’s adaptation. She’s a favorite director and performer of mine and the casting is just perfect: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. Can’t get any better. Judging by the trailer, it seems like it’ll have a little bit of a Sofia Coppola twist on it in that the dialog is quite modern in a historical setting. Plus, the thought of Louis Garrel as Professor Bhaer kills me in the best way.

The Current War (2019)
How is it possible for a movie about Thomas Edison to look so sexy? I mean, this trailer is insane. So, this is a Scorsese film about the rivalry between Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. It hasn’t gotten the best critical reviews as of now, but I still want to see it only because the trailer is so well done.

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
This movie just won the audience award at TIFF which means it’s on its way to the Oscars based on recent trends. The story is about a young boy who is imaginary friends with a comical Hitler but has his beliefs tested when he meets a young girl. This is being called an “anti-hate satire” and it’s certainly a touchy subject that harkens back to Mel Brooks’ Springtime for Hitler in its satirical nature, but I kind of think that’s what contemporary culture needs at the moment.