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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 11 Nov 2016 14:53 #238112

I'm not sure where to even start with this one. There are so many scenes done in such a unique way that I haven't seen before. It's a tough movie to talk about since I went in not knowing a single thing other than the title, so I wouldn't want to spoil any plot surprises. 

It's weird that I saw this in the same year I saw Closet Monster because this is the perfected version of the other. 

It is almost as good as Boyhood and follows the same idea of a young man finding himself over various stages of his life (but this time with different actors). Speaking of which there are so many incredible performances, it's tough to single out specific ones. Alex Hibbert playing young Little is amazing, as are many others. 

Honestly guys, I think this is one of the very best movies of the year. I need someone else to see it to discuss the ending with me. I'm not sure I've ever yearned this badly for an epilogue before.

You know how Grand Theft Auto IV tried to offer some skin-deep insight into the modern-day African-American experience through Franklin? Well... Moonlight will take you 100 fathoms deeper, to put it lightly. You will feel it. 

Highly recommended. Get ready to be challenged. 

 

Heart rating: 5 stars (it just doesn't get better than this for moving you)

Brain rating: 4.5 stars

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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 11 Nov 2016 17:05 #238113

Thanks for your review! How is the cinematography on this one, is it a theater must-see or can wait till DVD?
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 11 Nov 2016 17:12 #238115

Ugh... I hate to say that you don't HAVE to see it on the big screen but it's true. This isn't Hell or High Water which needs the big screen. It's more that, do you want to put off seeing potentially the best movie of the year?

I picked seeing this over Arrival. That was a difficult decision.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 11 Nov 2016 19:21 #238130

Your honesty is very appreciated here :)
This sounds like a typical movie I'd DVD or even cinema-watch with the hype of the Oscars OR catch up years later, wondering why on earth I was watching all the garbage I watched in 2016 instead of this. Just to name a few, this happened to me with Boyhood, Spotlight, The Room and The Wrestler... I only feel ashamed about The Wrestler.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 12 Nov 2016 01:43 #238150

This isn't Hell or High Water which needs the big screen

Oh crap, HoHW just left our budget theater. I kind of assumed it was character driven and not a real cinematography movie. Oh well.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 12 Nov 2016 09:59 #238161

Oh no!! Yeah, it’s gorgeous on the big screen, really beautiful.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 02 Dec 2016 23:04 #239701

Just saw it. Barney, you're absolutely right about the unique imagery. The way that perspective and music and focus is used in some parts is brilliant and affecting. However, I only loved the first two acts and not the third.

The whole thing is verrrrrry slow paced, and for me that worked well enough in the first two parts, but really didn't in the third. Those first two acts had some real moments of poignance, but the third just kind of happened, and very slowly at that. I get that it was probably more real that way, but there is a point where very slow pacing in a movie is not giving you some kind of purpose, but just feels slow. Hard to say more without spoiling things. I was primed for something bigger to pay off emotionally in the third act, as it had at times earlier, but it just didn't for me, though the end was nice. In this case, I appreciated the destination of the third act, but not the journey.

On the whole, Boyhood was more interesting and meaningful, though this had its own very interesting nature and meaning, for the most part.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 02 Dec 2016 23:37 #239702

If Boyhood didn't exist, this movie would be absolutely insane. It's so easy to draw parallels.

Still, I think and hope it gets respect come Oscar. I agree with you Act III is weakest but that doesn't take away from how perfectly amazing those first acts are! It's still a crazy good film.

So glad you saw it!

So is Sing Street still your favourite so far? More than this?!
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 03 Dec 2016 00:09 #239703

Yeah, Sing Street and Captain Fantastic are fighting it out in my mind at the moment. Still some contenders coming up, though.

Much respect for Moonlight, but it didn't stick the landing.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 04 Dec 2016 09:53 #239740

I don't think I'm going to get to see cpt fantastic :( it's that good?
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 04 Dec 2016 13:53 #239759

You didn't see my comments about it in the Movie thread a couple weeks ago? I LOVED it. Watched it twice in two days. A ton of deep resonance and relevance to me and my family. And that may be totally subjective. I know a lot of people who loved it, but some who hated it. My observation on the haters, though, is that they focused on the trees and not the forest. I don't want to get much more into that again (see the other thread).

Why can't you see it, though? Do you have Redbox in Canada? Should be there. Or on iTunes, etc.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 04 Dec 2016 13:59 #239760

Also, going back to Moonlight, it's an easy lock for some Oscar noms. I predict Best Picture, Best Director and supporting actors for Mahershala Ali and/or Andre Holland. I think the Director could win, and possibly one of the actors.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 04 Dec 2016 14:27 #239762

By contrast, though I personally like them better, I don't expect Sing Street or Captain Fantastic to get Best Picture nods. Maaaaaaybe Captain Fantastic, though I doubt it. But I will be disappointed if one of the Sing Street songs (esp. "Drive It Like You Stole It") isn't nominated for Best Song, and I think Viggo Mortensen has a shot at a Best Actor nomination.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 04 Dec 2016 16:26 #239773

I liked Sing Street a lot.
Because it was like remembering my teenage years the way I wanted to remember them and not the way it actually happened.
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Moonlight - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews 16 Dec 2016 00:32 #240739

Vlad wrote:
I liked Sing Street a lot.
Because it was like remembering my teenage years the way I wanted to remember them and not the way it actually happened.

This. I make all kinds of references to great music from my childhood, but I'm listening to it retroactively, because at the time I just listened to crap.

This was a fun, joyous movie.
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