MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JANUARY 23–29, 2017!
Finally took down my holiday decorations, a ~magical~ night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and Waldo’s official Sundance reviews of the films I was lucky enough to see!
I’ll give my little mini reviews of all the films I saw. The first?
Sundance’s synopsis: The arrival of a young foreign girl disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families.
Waldo review: A lil’ self indulgent. The cinematography smells of a dude who just wants close ups of the pretty female leads touching their hair and lips…and the narrative was boring and nobody was an interesting, complex, or good person. Bummertown. Good actors tho… 😦
FUN MOM DINNER—7.5/10
Sundance synopsis: Four women, whose kids attend the same preschool class, get together for a “fun mom dinner.” When the night takes an unexpected turn, these unlikely new friends realize they have more in common than just marriage and motherhood. Together, they reclaim a piece of the women they used to be.
Waldo review: It had the vibe of Bridesmaids with a cast of really hilarious lady actors. A true joy to watch, but pretty commercial.
THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES—7.5/10
Sundance synopsis: Jessica James, an aspiring NYC playwright, is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She sees a light at the end of the tunnel when she meets the recently divorced Boone. Together, they discover how to make it through the tough times while realizing they like each other—a lot.
Waldo’s review: Jessica Williams is so so charming, and this was a hilarious, endearing story of somebody so reminiscent of young creative people we all know…
THE BIG SICK—8.5/10
Sundance synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Waldo review: I really loved this film. It’s funny, it’s heart-breaking, and the relationship between Kumail and the parent’s of the girl he’s kinda dating (but not) cuz of cultural reasons…is just…*wahhh*.
Sundance synopsis: In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage, and the unending struggle for and against the land.
Waldo review: Slow, steady, and fucked up…as any film set in the American South…
Sundance synopsis: When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Adapted from This American Life, this is the incredible true story of their harrowing quest for justice.
Waldo review: Unfortunately this is a story based off the real journey of an innocent man who was imprisoned for over 20 years over a murder he did not commit. The film follows all the structural barriers that put him in jail and kept him there. So. Fucked. Look up Colin Warner if you want to read his story…the filmmakers first heard it on an episode of This American Life.
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT—7.5/10
Sundance synopsis: In Cairo, weeks before the 2011 revolution, Police Detective Noredin is working in the infamous Kasr el-Nil Police Station when he is handed the case of a murdered singer. He soon realizes that the investigation concerns the power elite, close to the president’s inner circle.
Waldo review: I think I’m desensitized by always watching murder/true crime shows…but this is a film about corrupt government, a brave and curious police officer, and the untouchable elite of Cairo.
Sundance synopsis: An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story
Waldo review: An endearing movie that puts the viewer in the heart of the relationship of Dina and Scott, a couple recently engaged, preparing for their wedding. Both Dina and Scott have autism, and the film explores their relationship’s communication issues and the love between them.
I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE.—[can’t rate it]
Sundance synopsis: When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves, alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals
Waldo review: A fun and unexpected film in a sea of very serious stories…I did fall asleep for a quick second (sleepy waldo…it’s my curse) but I did enjoy the “wackiness” and gore… 🙂 It won the jury prize in US Dramatic.
Much love friends.