What is important to us?
Here are some of those films and series showing things that matter to us.
Uncorked is a hilarious and touching drama about a father and son who have to finally learn to listen to one another.
LOVE / FAMILY
Fueled by his love for wine, Elijah enrolls in a course to become a master sommelier. It's a dream that upends the expectations of his father, Louis (Courtney B. Vance), who insists Elijah take over the popular Memphis barbeque joint that's been passed down from father to son since its inception. Elijah struggles with the demands of school and a new relationship, while Louis wrestles with the feelings of his son rejecting the family business until a tragedy forces both of them to slow things down. source: www.rottentomatoes.com
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
LOVE / FRIENDSHIP / POWER OF IMAGINATION
"Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams, In the film, we see the people go to the cinema to dream: by watching great movies, they forget all their problems. In becoming a great film director, Totò achieves his own personal dream, too. In today's world, with this crisis that we're all experiencing both in politics and in society, the film reminds us that we can, and must, keep on dreaming." Salvatore Cascio
This drama about a trio of African-American women doing maths wonders for Nasa has few subtleties, but is done with such verve it's hard to dislike
"Hidden Figures" effectively conveys the poisonous normalcy of white supremacy, and the main characters' determination to pursue their ambitions in spite of it and to live normal lives in its shadow.
source: The New York Times
A movie about Swift - a movie worth watching, anyway - that's seeking to provide a little intimacy should proceed aware that not everybody wants to be close.
Miss Americana (Taylor Swift) is a raw and emotionally revealing look at one of the most iconic artists of our time during a transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.
source: The New York Times
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
LOVE / FAMILY / CONFLICS
Marriage Story (directed and written by Noah Baumbach) is not a story out to change how you think of relationships or marriage. It strives for honesty, even if it's cliché. Charlie and Nicole struggle through the same things couples in countless relationships learn the hard way, like how all arguments are the same argument had different ways, how the balance between each partner's fulfillment must be carefully minded, and how the problems that can bring about the end are all there in the beginning.
The hope of Marriage Story, then, is not 'til death do them part. Rather, it's the dignity of any good ending, one that gives you the clarity to understand the meaning of everything that came before it.
Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) is struggling to make it in 19th-century New York as a writer, when she's called home to the bedside of sick sister Beth (Eliza Scanlen). Through flashbacks, we see how the pair grew up with sisters Meg (Emma Watson) and Amy (Florence Pugh).
FAMILY / FRIENDSHIP / WOMEN
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. The adaptation is faithful to its historical roots, yet it runs on contemporary energy. Full review here source: wsj
THE TWO POPES
FAITH / FRIENDSHIP / POWER
Popes don't quit - they just die. That's why when Benedict XVI announced his resignation in 2013 it was one of the biggest plot twists the Catholic Church had ever seen - he was the first to do so in almost 600 years. The Two Popes takes its inspiration from this piece of recent clerical history. It dramatises a handful of meetings between Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce), who succeeded him as Pope Francis, while the former considered retirement. (keep reading here)
A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Nov. 26, 2019)
THE LITTLE PRINCE
WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE
Animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's iconic masterpiece about a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara desert and encounters a mysterious young boy who claims to be an extraterrestrial prince.
A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.
CRIME AND POLITICS
The ultimate fate of Jimmy Hoffa remains one of the biggest mysteries and conspiracy theories in modern American history. What happened to him? How did he seemingly disappear into thin air one, never to be seen or heard from again?
YEARS AND YEARS
FUTURE / TECHNOLOGY
By following one family over the course of the next 15 years, Russell T. Davies' powerful drama offers up a chilling forecast of where the UK might be heading.
PAIN AND GLORY
LOSS / LOVE/ IMAGINATION / MEMORY
"Pedro Almodóvar's sublime Pain and Glory, a story of memory and creation, youth and its loss, circles around the idea of art as self-creation."
Manohla Dargis (The NYTimes)
HOMELESS TO HARWARD
TAKE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO RISE
Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF...?
TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.
A TRUE STORY
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom gives us a depiction of a man who wasn't always that great. The movie shows us that there is a better way for all of us to change-with grace and forgiveness.
CIRCLE OF LIFE
Young Simba is destined to become king of Pride Rock like his father Mufasa. But his uncle Scar plots for the throne, and Simba ends up alone in exile. Can he ever regain his kingdom?
Led by Phoenix's ferocious, feral performance, this especially dark, gritty comic book movie is a character drama that's drawn more toward real-world troubles than to capes and crusading.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
ANIMATION / COMEDY / FAMILY / FANTASY
Expect diversion and laughs from the disparity between the Addams' gloominess and the planned community, called Assimilation, that's being developed near their mansion.
SCI-FI FAMILY DRAMA
Raising children can be a difficult task, but even more so when your child has superhero abilities.
At seven years old, Dion is grappling with his increasing powers while still enjoying the life of a normal child.
In MID90S, disaffected Stevie (lives unhappily with his domineering, bullying brother, Ian and his lonely, struggling single mother. Looking to find his people -- and his identity -- Stevie falls in with a group of older skateboarding teens for a summer of skating, drinking, bad decisions, and growing up.
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND
A 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees as drought
and famine threaten his community.
Chiwetell Ejifor's gripping directorial debut is based on the inspiring true story of William Kamkwamba who battled adversity to save his family and friends from a devastating famine.
INQUIRY INTO THE HUMAN CONDITION / SCI-FI
Ad Astra (from the Latin tag "per ardua ad astra" or "through struggle to the stars") is a spectacular, immersive picture, offering an intelligent and deeply considered variation on existing themes.
A world-class African-American pianist and his driver from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, despite their differences, develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation
An irresistible piece of entertainment with a soul.
AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIE
Based on the New York Times column of the same name, the Amazon anthology series is the TV equivalent of an Instagrammable latte.