BLACK PANTHER 2
REVIEWED BY OUR LOCAL TEAM
MICK LYNCH AND HOLLY PARSONS

Cast: Letitia Wright · Lupita Nyong'o · Danai Gurira · Winston Duke ·Angela Bassett 

In Tribute To: Chadwick Bozeman

Director: Ryan Coogler

Producer: Marvel Studios

 

Deep memories abide beneath the strata-sphere of contemporary reality. We cherish its inkling while savoring in every possible shallow distraction, fleeting glimpses of a flourishing life delivered from cradle to grave…

 

This is what makes a movie worth seeing; why we should break our habitual days and nights to venture out. Perhaps some of us long for that quickening experience that shatters the glass of our normal. The drum beat that speaks of life’s inequities in tandem with the ecstatic.

 

Wakanda Forever reflects this struggle, waged by humanity for eons between the sacred rings of the tree of life. We instinctively know an enriching life is possible for all; but collectively how do we get there? 

Set in Marvel Studios iconic universe, fantasy and reality play out with unrelenting elegance. Broken by grief, culturally rich ceremonies serve to honor and celebrate hero’s lost to soon. 

 

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who stared in ‘Black Panther One’ tragically left us beyond the movie screen this past year. And his requiem is thematic throughout the film. His essence seems to carry us through some outrageous video type battles, to the final mutually agreed upon solution.

 

Leadership offers a creative path to this peace posited by vengeance, dark and destructive. Which path is chosen?  What is learned and how much have we to lose before earning life’s wisdom? To see is to believe – and this African dance beyond time might help us live it.

 

Review by: Mick Lynch and Holly Parsons


AMSTERDAM
Written, Directed and Produced by: David O. Russell

 

Cast: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek, and Robert De Niro.

 

 

Amsterdam, a brilliantly constructed unique, subtly surreal, soulful film is as much about people as it is about awakening resistance.

Yet the the scent was in the air; the seeds of bigotry and power were joining forces. From a quickening of enduring influences emerges one of the worlds most culturally inclusive and diverse city’s (circa 1930), we witness a warriors pact forged like no other in the theater of war. Here we witness a new kind of patriot… born of self referencing truth.

Personal in their rendering,  our characters lives almost skirt past the impending treachery. Showing us that even the most compassionately directed can be manipulated.

The weaving of nuance is tenderly kindled by plot twists that rise precariously from love only to reveal shallow urges, decadent and deceitful power plays, both personal and systemic. 

Quietly spoken, we all can be too busy heavy lifting to notice our freedoms slipping away. Parallels draw the viewer deftly through a  maze of choices - circling between want versus need. While unapologetically awaking us to our current political dilemma.

Stories of this ilk are always timely. Reflections of the past remain present in the future only if we forget our compass in treacherous terrain. Heartfelt in Amsterdam. 

Review by: Holly Parsons & Mick Lynch


THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING 

Cast: Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton 

Director: George Miller

Adaptation: Director George Miller and Augusta Gore from the short story collection “The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye” by: A.S. Byat

Producers: George Miller and Doug Mitchell

 

Rare does a mythical story completely capture the silky space between worlds of wonder and what we contrive as truth.

If I had three wishes what would they be? The forever rhythm of a hypnotic dance? The radiance of a cosmic cloud? A  peaceful planet of course. But in my heart of hearts - what?

In this epoch adventure love auspiciously weaves its spell through scenes, eras and artifacts floating magically in dimensions where prosaic prose try’s, but often fails to deliver.

Elementally elegant, masterfully crafted, a perfect balance is struck. Wrapped in unforgettable wonder, is the gift for anyone wise enough to catch it on the big screen. 

Review by: Mick Lynch & Holly Parsons