"FAVORITE FILMS" below = Best of 2019
Vittorio De Sica obviously summoned thunder and lightning while directing this portrait of life on life’s terms. His part in writing the screenplay surely made the ideas mix with the actors emotions to produce subtle, crushing effects. Seldom does a film capture you on a basic human level like The Bicycle Thieves, it’s simply not a common occurrence. Being thrilled and being brought to laughter are truly cornerstones for why we watch movies, but somewhere in a subcategory of drama…
When I first heard about this new Spike Jonze project, I must admit that I was not motivated, but it was on my radar see at some point. His work has always been interesting enough but not a personal favorite category. Over the years, I have been moved and pleasantly surprised to see that my initial thoughts and ideas were smashed (from Cloud Atlas to Brokeback Mountain) in the most joyous ways imaginable.
Once again, the dawn of judgment was…