What I Watched, What You Watched #83

It was a slow time movie watching this week. I had a busy work schedule, and I was mostly focused on the news out of Venice and Telluride to see many new things. Still, I did manage to see two movies I will be reviewing in the near future: the documentary Three Identical Strangers and Glenn Close’s The Wife. I won’t give too much away, but I’ll say Identical Strangers is the best doc CNN Films has released, while Close is too good for that level of filmmaking.

At home, I ended up watching two films that sparked very different reactions. The first is Ready Player One, Spielberg’s film from earlier this year, and man, am I conflicted on it. On the one hand, it had all the issues I disliked from the book, a lot of the characters didn’t work, and it lacked the soul that used to match Spielberg’s fun. But on the other hand, I loved what Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, and especially Mark Rylance were laying down, and a handful of scenes had a melancholic depth that justified the film’s existence. I’m going to assume those were written by Zak Penn, as the scenes I disliked had Ernest Cline’s name written all over them. It’s an interesting mixture. However, the film that most surprised me this week was Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I knew I liked the music, and I knew the story enough that I thought I had it figured out. However, I didn’t realize that I would be that onboard with it. And I mean from the get-go. I haven’t had that visceral a response to a film since The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I loved this movie.

On television, I’m really just biding the time until BoJack Horseman returns to TV, and I don’t have the time to focus on GLOW, Atlanta, or Sharp Objects. However, this did give me the time to focus on Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette. I commented on the first half last week, and how I was enjoying it, but honestly, commenting on only the first half of Nanette is like commenting on a meal after the appetizer. The result of this thing was something I haven’t seen before. It’s…powerful, to say the least. I tend to agree with the people who say it’s not stand up, but I don’t get why they say that like it’s a bad thing. That is exactly why I love it. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and it’s worth watching if you get the chance.

This concludes probably the last week before the Oscar rush really kicks off. I hope you’ll all be joining in during the coverage, and I hope to have some great reviews for you all soon. In the meantime, feel free to leave comments about what you’ve been watching, or what you think of the films I watched. See you all soon!

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