All in The Watch List

Gook

Caught between two families with a painful history of hurt between them who love and value her—in the midst of a racial conflict that exceeds her understanding, Kamilla's character is the embodiment of Rodney King’s famous phrase, "can't we all just get along?”

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

If you are at all concerned with reversing the effects of climate change and seeing how the problem has progressed, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is a riveting account of what it’s been like on the frontlines of the global warming battle. You’ll learn a great deal about the cause and how to personally get involved.

Drive Baby Drive!

With the charm and whimsy of a Quentin Tarantino film like Pulp Fiction, Baby Driver strikes a thoroughly entertaining balance between violence, action and light-hearted romance. Earning a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I think for the majority of us that have seen it, we’d agree that writer/director Edgar Wright has put an utterly original spin on a heist comedy! 

Linking The Underground Railroad to Get Out

The reader and the viewer are invited into the thoughts and fears of a black slave girl in the 1800s and a black male who’s half of an interracial couple in 2017. Penetrating the timeline that divides them, is an indistinguishable thematic connection of psychological warfare and oppressive control driven by fear that intimately links these two artistic works.

Fun Home!

As I briefly looked around the audience during this song and watched other people smiling and nodding, I couldn’t help but wonder what that moment of recognition looked like for them. Which man or woman with whatever haircut, or sore-thumb outfit signaled to them that it was okay to be themselves? It’s awful to imagine what the world would be like without those moments of seeing and being seen.

La La Land: A Movie For the Dreamer In All of Us.

La La Land’s visually stunning cinematography, with Fosse meets Ballroom energetic choreography, and catchy songs, capture the true essence of musical film. The movie straddles the line between fantasy and reality in a way that serves and furthers the storyline, which made it impossible for me not to emotionally invest. Thanks to superlative performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the characters felt multidimensional and full of life with nuanced emotional depth. 

A TBOT 2016 Best of Retrospective

More likely than not, in a few hours I’ll be clinking a glass of bubbly before planting a kiss on my partner for good luck while a group of friends stumble through the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” (why is it that no one can ever remember the words to that damn song? I sing it every year and still have no idea what comes after “Should all acquaintance be forgot.”)

Loving: An American Love Story

The inner life of the characters, the height of the stakes they face and the toll these untenable circumstances take on them, gradually progresses. The audience gets to see each of those seeds of justified resentment grow as the couple endure road block after road block until there is nothing left for them to do but take action.