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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Report Card---"Moonlight"

"Moonlight" is a movie that I admired tremendously.
Extremely well crafted, and well acted.
The only problem is that I didn't enjoy it.
It didn't touch any part of my life.
It's all about the black experience and homosexuality, all handled very sensitively, but not enough
to make me give a shit.
So I just kept waiting for it to be over.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?

Here and there.

Compelling even?

To blacks, probably.  Not to me.

Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

Very well.  That black guy from "House of Cards" is nominated for Best Actor.  He deserves it.
He may even deserve to win.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

I don't know.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

It takes place over two generations and it takes its time letting us know this.

Is it too long? Too short?

A tad long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Never predictable.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not really.

Is it funny?

Not really.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?


Is it impressive?


Overall grade: B.

With all the high grades, you'd think I'd like it more.

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1 comment:

  1. for me, it is a film i will always think about. you should force yourself.



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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."