April Roundup

Here are all the films I watched in April. Maybe some of these might just be what you’ve been looking for.

Reservoir Dogs: One of Tarantino’s most well-known films, Reservoir Dogs is about a jewelry heist gone wrong. It’s a nonlinear story with flashbacks showing how the characters got in on the heist and how it got messed up. To me, it wasn’t as satisfying as Pulp Fiction nor as narratively gripping as Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, or Django. Either way, I think it has a lot of replay value.

Available on Amazon Prime Video

2001: A Space Odyssey: A pioneer in many respects, 2001 is one of the most influential sci-fi films. Everything from its production design, special effects, film score, and themes of evolution, space exploration, and the perils of technology have become mainstays in cinema. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with Hal 9000 or the Monolith. Honestly, this might be the most dissected movie on the internet with a wide range of interpretations. But that’s the thing when something becomes so ubiquitous in pop culture you go in with so much hype. And for me, 2001 didn’t live up to it. It’s still a fantastic watch.

Available on HBO Max

The Truman Show: This is on the list of my favorite films of all time and I don’t say that lightly. Starring Jim Carrey, The Truman Show is about a man who discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. As the film progresses, Truman is wrecked by existential dread and a deep longing to leave a life he once thought was his entire existence. For a film that came out in 1998, its commentary on modern media and digital surveillance seems so prophetic. Not only that, but it also has a well-written script, tight dialogue, deep characters, and a lot of genuinely funny moments. It’s a classic, there I said it.

Available for Free on YouTube

Concrete Cowboy: Cole, a rebellious teenager is sent to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia, and in the process, he develops a tight bond with the local Black cowboys. The things that immediately hook you into this film are the acting and the visuals. Edris Elba is great as ever but so is the entire cast. The city of Philadelphia and the real Black cowboy community this film depicts are brought to the forefront. However, one of the film's weaknesses is its fairly formulaic plot but besides that, there is a lot to like about Concrete Cowboy.

Available on Netflix

The Snyder Cut: I thought Snyder’s Justice League was fun and nothing more. It’s classic Snyder with beautiful shots, elegant slow-mo action, and a decent story. This isn’t as complex as Infinity War nor is it as bad as Joss Whedon’s Justice League. Link to the full review here.

Available on HBO Max

By Alpha Bah


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