The in my book best of 2019 After the anger that spat and sparked like a gunpowder trail through much of 2018 I found films released in 2019 a bit muted--strange considering how much louder and more urgent world developments have become, from climate-related disasters to the recent escalation in tension between Trump and well everyone else.
Sea of love I don't think there's much to uncover underneath the surface of Mati
Diop's feature debut Atlantics (Atlantique, 2019) now available on Netflix. It's a love story--young girl Ada
(Mame Bineta Sane) in love with poor boy Souleiman (Ibrahim Traore)
but is promised to wealthy Omar (Babacar Sylla)--and as with all such
stories the two lovers pine for each other for the duration of the
film. Predictable simple trite--and yet and yet and yet
Recyclable Skywalker Finally, the last installment of this third trilogy that George Lucas a long time ago in an era far far away once cobbled together, from Flash Gordon serials, TheAdventures of Robin Hood, World War 2 fighter plane footage (particularly The Dam Busters) and most of all Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (with a brief callback to Yojimbo). The capstone to his grand edifice of a fantasy* franchise if you like. Does the movie live up to all expectations?