Movies: Call Me By Your Name, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Call Me By Your Name

Set in 1983 Lombardy, Italy is the perfect backdrop for this sexual awakening themed film.  Seventeen year old Elio meets his father’s summer intern Oliver.  The story is based on the novel by Andre Guadagnino.

This film is emotional, romantic, heart wrenching and brilliantly crafted.  The cast is compact and perfectly selected.  Armie Hammer plays the summer intern.  Timothee Hal Chalamet is perfect as Elio Perlman.  Michael Stuhlbarg plays the wise loving father. Amira Casar who grew up in England, Ireland and France is the Mom.

The movie is rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language.  This may not be appropriate for young children.  The genre is listed as a Drama/Romance.  The run time is two hours, 12 minutes.

Note:  This film was nominated last week for three Golden Globes for Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Best Movie, Drama.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s here!  It’s exciting.  It respects its history, surprises often, and is an excellent addition to the franchise.  That said, it is not perfect.  We were surprised to learn there was some fan consternation regarding some character changes.  How silly.

Luke Skywalker is back in an important role along with Rey, a new female character with strong abilities from the Force.  On the flip side, General Hux and Kylo Ren lead a massive assault to crush the Resistance and Leia Organa.

The cast was excellent as always.  Daisy Ridley is Rey.  Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker.  The late Carrie Fisher is Leia.  John Boyega is back as Finn.  Adam Driver is Kylo Ren.  Oscar Issac is Poe.  Irish Actor Domhnall Gleeson is General Hux.  Other noteworthy characters are played by Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Lupita Nynog’o, Tom Hardy  and English Actor Andy Serkis as the Supreme Leader.

It is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.  It is suitable for children with an understanding of previous Star Wars episodes.  The genre is listed as Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy.  It is written and directed by Rian Johnson.  The run time is 2 hours, 33 minutes.  We loved it!

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