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Miles David Moore Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. —Langston Hughes Three extraordinary new films offer variations on the effect of dreams on the human psyche—what happens when they die or turn sour, and how even when fulfilled they aren’t always everything you want. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land exemplifies that last principle. From its glorious opening number—“Another Day of Sun,” set in an endless Los Angeles traffic jam—to its bittersweet...
Miles David Moore Throughout history, love has been blighted by the efforts of hierarchies to define it, and to punish those who deviate from their perceived norm. The results of the last election, at least in minor part, were determined by this. Two notable new films—Jeff Nichols’ Loving and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight —explore this theme, the first directly, the second more subtly. It is appropriately ironic that the title of Loving is taken from its protagonists, both actual historical chara...
Few films have been so effective in depicting scenes of chaotic, mortal dange: Sully, Snowden and Deepwater Horizon. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-Decemberr 2016
The heroic quest is probably the oldest form of human storytelling. Two recent movies demonstrate the vitality of that ancient model.
Miles David Moore Dreaming big dreams, and acting on those dreams, are a major part of the American ethos. Two recent movies—Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic and Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins—are variations on that concept. Captain Fantastic begins with a scene straight out of James Fenimore Cooper, or Jim Harrison if you prefer. A deer walks stealthily through a pristine forest, pricking up its ears at a faint rustling in the bushes. In a second, the deer has a fatal encounter with th...
Genius, The Music of Strangers, Remember | It strikes me as a flat-out masterpiece. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-September 2016
The Nice Guys, Love& Friendship| Rice holds her own with Gosling and Crowe. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-August 2016
Miles Ahead, All the Way. Bryan Cranston is extraordinary. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-July 2016
Eye in the Sky, Midnight Special It builds to nail-biting suspenses. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-June 2016
Hail Caesar!, The Witch | It may be the fluffiest film from the Coens. | reviewed by Miles David Moore | Scene4 Magazine-May 2016
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