Movie 1: Babylon
Where to begin?? This is an epic story set in 1923 Hollywood as silent films are ending and talkies just starting. It’s also an interwoven story about how everyday folks could become Hollywood legends and how they lose everything trying to make movies with speaking parts. It is visually over the top. The ensemble cast is terrific. A word of caution: if you do see this movie, and don’t walk out in the first ten minutes, then buckle up and enjoy the ride. It will be intense.
Movie 2: The Pale Blue Eye
This is a mystery, thriller set in 1830 West Point New York. It is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard. Christian Bale plays a renowned detective investigating a series of military murders with the help of a young Edgar Allen Poe. The acting, costumes, winter sets and directing are very good. A bit slow at times, but very interesting. In theatres now and on Netflix later in January.
Movie 3: The Whale
A morbidly obese online college English professor tries to restore his relationship with his rebellious teenage daughter. This is not easy to watch, but the humanity is palpable. Brendan Fraiser is absolutely transformative in what is the best performance of the year. There was a well-earned 15-minute standing ovation for him at the Cannes Film Festival. There may be an Oscar with his name on it.