I’m not going to mince words here. It’s been a tough year. I mean, heck, the Queen of England died It doesn’t get much scarier than this. Lots of political upheaval, even threats to democracy. But it’s Thanksgiving, it’s time to see the glass as half full. Bad boys (and girls) don’t win. The good guys (and girls) are still fighting. The turkey is hot, the stuffing is flavorful, the potatoes are spicy, the cranberries are sassy, the rolls are doughy, the beans are stringy, and the pumpkin and apples are delicious. No matter what else is going on in our lives, the typical holiday culinary journey taken by our taste buds shows that things could be a lot worse. That, and football on the tube too.
Besides, we continue to go to movie theaters and people-watching and going to restaurants and plays and concerts almost like the old days when the C-word became hard on everyone’s minds. The epidemic remains, but the fear surrounding it has largely subsided. We non-segregators are very grateful for that. Also, when it comes to film and television, there are more difficult times than 2022 – like 2020 and 2021, for example.
There is an abundance of truly quality projects that indicate creative extremity. Too optimistic? I beg to differ. My gratitude cup is finished this year for all of the following, and it’s not finished yet:
“Fabelmans”: Steven Spielberg’s The semi-autobiographical saga based on her early family life is touching and poignant enough to hold us in its thrall. Hello? Michelle Williams? This is Oscar’s call.
“She Said”: Regardless of what you hear or not, this is an excellent journalistic film that presents an exceptionally accurate picture of the work that leads to results. He also acted well.
“Whale”: A dark and harrowing film featuring one of the greatest cinematic performances of all time Brendan Fraser. It is also powerful and claustrophobic.
“Elvis”: Austin Butler of turns into an electrifying illustration Elvis Presley There is more alchemy than imitation in this biopic. Director Baz LuhrmannThe broad trend works well for him here.
“Everything everywhere at once”: An absurd and wondrous multiverse treat that hops across genres and defies expectations with flamboyance, with mind-bending brilliance. Michelle Yeoh lead the way.
“Top Gun: Maverick”: Sure, it was cheesy and predictable, but as airborne action flicks go, it was fantastic. And yes, it doesn’t bother me at all Tom Cruise Oscar Award.
“Good luck to you, Leo Grande”: A positively fearless and raw performance from Emma Thompson It carries this underrated gem of a film that focuses on a woman’s post-marital sexual awakening. Fun and exciting to watch.
“Woman Speaking”: A charming, haunting drama brilliantly conceived by writer-director Sarah Polley and an all-star cast in the lead Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Frances McDormand.
“The Good Nurse”: I got to the end of this thriller before realizing what the title referred to Jessica Chastain’s A character rather masterfully played by the evil killer Eddie Redmayne. It manages to tell its fact-based story without judgement.
“Pale Blue Eyes”: Christian Bale Fully immersed in the role of a detective investigating a religious murder at West Point Academy in the 1830s, this Netflix thriller shows why he might be our greatest actor working today.
“Corridors of Power”: A feature-length documentary worthy of this year’s Oscar shortlist, it’s a provocative and in-depth look at how American leaders have responded to reports of genocide abroad since the fall of the Soviet Union.
“EO”: The best foreign film of the year may be this entry from Poland, the Cannes Jury Prize winner, which focuses almost silently on a soulful donkey and its life in captivity and in rare moments of freedom. Beautiful, sometimes disturbing and completely inventive.
“Abbott Primary”: Moving to TV, the series, set in a Philadelphia elementary school, focuses on the teachers rather than the students and pulls off the tricky trick of being both funny and painstakingly realistic.
“separation”: Alternately darkly funny and terrifying, this psychological thriller from Apple TV+ follows a biotech company that uses a medical procedure to control the minds and memories of its employees. Adam Scott starred. Riveting and clever.
“Good Call Saul”: No, this spinoff from “Breaking Bad” wasn’t as good as the original, but it’s still 80% as good as it was. It’s time for the Golden Globes or SAGs someone Give it and stars Bob Odenkirk some love
“reboot”: Best Actor in a Lead Keegan-Michael Key, Rachel Bloom and Johnny Knoxville Fuel up on the surprisingly clever and entertaining Hulu series from “Modern Family.” Steven Levitan About a dysfunctional cast reuniting for money.
“Murder only in the building”: What can be said about Steve Martin and Martin Short? They are flat-out adorable (and so on Selena Gomez) on the Hulu series that is sometimes too precious but always fun and thoughtfully winks at us.
“Bear”: Another Hulu half-hour (via FX) about a young man (Jeremy Alan White) who returns to his family’s Chicago beef sandwich shop to run things, filled with stress and anxiety and stress and ultimately genius.
And finally, a book (yes, sometimes I read too).
“Lawrence Tierney: Hollywood’s Real-Life Tough Guy”: Biography of the author Burt Cairns which officially drops on December 6 and details the crazy life of an entertainingly goofy actor who once got into a fistfight on the set of “Reservoir Dogs.” Quentin Tarantino. Highly recommended.
So you see, ladies and gentlemen, we have enough stuff to be thankful for today. Therefore, it is our responsibility to maintain harmony.
Thank you thank you!
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