Rogue One

Friends, I loved this movie so much. So fucking much. I’ve seen it twice already, and will probably go again when it gets to the cheep theater. I love it.

I grew up with Star Wars, and I’m the age where I watched prequels as an uncritical child, and actually love them too. Star Wars movies don’t have to be good for me to love them, but Rogue One is. It’s really, really, really, good. It feels more like a war movie, but it’s still Star Wars, fully a part of that world. I love every single new character so much. The ending was devastating but also perfect.

The reason why I never wrote about The Force Awakens last year is because I didn’t have anything smart to say, I just loved it. I may love Rogue One even more? It’s more original, and has absolutely captured my heart. Star Wars, man. Nothing but Star Wars.

Fences

I don’t think I would have seen this as soon after it’s release, but my girlfriend and I decided to go to a movie to get away from our families on New Years Day, and seeing Rogue One three times would have felt silly. So I let her pick, and she loves Viola Davis, and this was great.

It’s based off an August Wilson play, and it definitely has that sort of heavy theater dialogue. The language is great, and it’s well staged, but the film could have done more to utilize the fact that it is a film and has those tools at its disposal. The real amazing part is the performances. Viola Davis and Denzel Washington are both as incredible as you’d expect them to be. All of the supporting characters were great as well. (The fact that Viola Davis is going to compete the supporting actress Oscar is hilarious category fraud, but she’s going to win, so good for her.)

It’s great acting, a well written story, well worth your time. Best of all, it was not playing a board game with my parents.