I pride myself on knowing which movies I'll enjoy and I'm rarely disappointed. I was pleased that almost all the movies I chose to watch were honored at the recent Golden Globe Awards. So many good movies were released this past December. Part of the reason is that Movieland, in its infinitive wisdom, releases its crème de la crème as close to the New Year as possible so that those movies will be eligible for this year's awards. And then there's the wonder of Netflix. I consider myself lucky to have seen the newly released "The Irishman," "The Two Popes," and "Marriage Story" in the comfort of my own home.
My taste in movies is broader than my literary preferences. Character and subject matter still matter most, immediately followed by setting and cinematography. I loved Greta Gerwig's looser, free-er updated version of "Little Women" the ongoing dialogue between Benedict and Francis in "The Two Popes," the excruciating breakup in "Marriage Story," the amazing cast in "The Irishman."
As a mystery writer, I took great delight in watching "Knives Out," tickled to have learned immediately after seeing the movie that the movie makers had asked the Malice people for an Agatha teapot to set among the murdered mystery writer's objects. I loved "Blinded By the Light," based on the life of a teenaged Pakistani boy in 1980's England, who is dazzled by Bruce Springsteen's songs. And "Rocket Man," Elton John's story, was spectacular from beginning to end.
I've discovered that the movies I like best are either based on the lives of real people, like so many I've already mentioned including the heartwarming "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," and movies based on books, like "Little Women."
Two movies I meant to catch when they came out—"Parasite" and "JoJo Rabbit"—have already garnered praise and awards. I'll see them when they become available on CDs.
What were your favorite movies this past season? Do you prefer watching a movie at home or in a theatre?