Hello once again, movie fans. We likely aren’t the first to wish you a Happy Holidays during this joyous season, but we are surely the most sincere when we say it. This is Gildshire Magazine’s Art and Entertainment entity’s favorite time of the year. Snow sparkles, bells jingle, and the major movie studios trot out their very best in preparation for the awards’ season right around the corner. It makes us wax positively poetic. What’s better than December 1-3, for lovers of movies like you and me? What could be better at a time that can use some peace and goodwill?
There is a full slate of movies on tap, one of which has already been released to the art house crowd. Rotten Tomatoes is in a giving mood. Let’s see if Gildshire feels equally as amorous about the December 1-3 offerings.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references. Gildshire Goes to the Movies actually got a chance to see an advance screening of this movie last week. All we can say is “Wow.” Frances McDormand makes everything she’s in better, and this movie didn’t need any help. Vaguely Fargo-esque it tells the story of a woman who suffered grievous loss and who is at the end of her rope in finding justice. We don’t usually lead off with the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight Award winner, but this movie is exactly that. It also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Lucas Hedges. Rotten Tomatoes 95, Gildshire 5.0
The Shape of Water: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language. Guillermo Del Toro is one of the great storytellers in the cinema world today. In this film, set in the early-60s, he tells of a woman who makes a profound connection with a creature meant as a Cold War experiment.This is a most intriguing movie and one from which Ms. Hawkins will get Oscar consideration. It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Doug Jones. Rotten Tomatoes 97, Gildshire 4.4
The Disaster Artist: Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity. Say what you want about James Franco. Call him an enigma, a cipher, and even a lousy Oscar host. Undeniably, though, he makes interesting films. This is the real-life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau. If you haven’t heard of him just imagine a moviemaker with a speech impediment and some of Ed Wood’s vision. Without a doubt, in a less competitive week, this is a Movie of the Fortnight contender. It also stars Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, and Alison Brie. Rotten Tomatoes 95, Gildshire 4.7
Wonder Wheel: Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language, and smoking. Woody Allen has come under fire recently and for some good reasons. However, even at 81 years of age, he puts on a good show. This movie is about some serious gangland business at the venerable playground for New Yorkers, known as Coney Island. Is the low Rotten Tomatoes score a backlash against Allen? Perhaps, because the cast is excellent and the movie appears solid. We’re going to rate the movie on its merits and not on other factors. It stars Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, and Kate Winslet. Rotten Tomatoes 42, Gildshire 4.1
The Other Side of Hope (Toivon, Tuolla, Puolen) Not Rated. When Gildshire was young and inexperienced in the ways of cinema we avoided subtitled movies. That was our mistake. Some great films are made in a language other than English. Frankly, this may be one of them. In a story more timely than it ought to be, this film mixes humor, pathos, and intrigue with an immigrant story and a restaurant. Please do not let the subtitles scare you away. There is a lot here to like. It stars Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiainen, and Ilkaa Koivula. Rotten Tomatoes 90, Gildshire 4.3
Five movies, all rated higher than 4.0 on the Gildshire-meter. That has never been done before. History made December 1-3. How could the Holiday season get off to a better start?
Have a great weekend and enjoy the shows. Does anyone say “Going to the show,” anymore? I think I just dated myself.