Christopher Nolan, a master of presenting wonders with his brain and substance, turned his attention to a little-known corner of history (at least for most people outside the United Kingdom) and produced a satisfying and exciting great drama movie. Set in 1940 during World War II, the drama movie tells the story of British, French, Belgian and Dutch troops trapped on the beach of Dunkirk by German troops and miraculously evacuated by civilian ships provided by local people. A movie story so perfect that it's incredible to think it's based on facts.
With absolutely eliminated actors - mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup to name just a few - spotlight is a drama movie about the Boston Globe in the Catholic Church in 2001. This is a difficult and fascinating story, told brilliantly by all the dominating actors who brought their a-games. It's completely fascinating.
Adapted from Richard Yates's highly acclaimed novel, the road to revolution is beautifully filmed, deliberately capturing the details of the 1950s, and features an outstanding cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Catherine Hahn, David Harper and Kathy Bates. So far, everything is fine. The problem with this drama movie is that it makes you so perfectly and so uncomfortable getting close to a marriage that is dying from inside out that once it's over, you probably won't want to revisit the story. It wasn't an interesting journey, it was an emotionally devastating story that didn't work.
12 Years a Slave
There are many films and TV series that detail the horror and shame of slavery in the United States, but Steve McQueen's films take a slightly different approach. According to Solomon Northrup's memoir, "twelve years in slavery" tells an incredibly true story of how Solomon - a free man - was abducted and forced into slavery by ruthless slave traders. Chiwetel Ejiofor is as heartbreaking and charming as Northrup (the pain and despair in his eyes are deeply affecting). His matching star lineup includes Michael Fassbender, Michael K. Williams, Paul Dano and Lupita nyong'o, who won an Oscar and began her career.
The Asphalt Jungle
If you want to learn more about the subtypes of noir movies, this drama movie should be one of your first homework. Directed by Hollywood legend John Houston, "Asphalt Jungle" tells the story of a failed robbery - because isn't all robbery necessary to fail—— And it has all the characteristics of classic noir films: dark shadows fall on dark people, double and triple crosses, and dramatic tension.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino has been talking openly about retirement in the past few years. If he really asked it to quit, it would be difficult to think of a better swan song than the past in Hollywood. This is the combination of everything Tarantino likes: revisionist history, black humor, and, of course, old Hollywood, which is carefully and kindly reproduced. Part about an elderly actor struggling with relevance, part about a distorted view of Sharon Tate's tragic murder at the hands of the Manson family, and part about an excuse to write a dark and sweet love letter to Los Angeles in the twilight of the 1960s, it's a fun and fascinating journey. (but don't retire - "visit SPAHN Ranch" sequence proves that QT needs to make at least one straightforward horror film before he walks into the sunset).
Manchester by the Sea
Some dramas have rectal endings, and others just seem to consist of a series of straight punches for two consecutive hours. Manchester by the sea is starred by Casey Affleck, who is a person suffering from depression. He adopted his nephew after his brother died. It is as gray and cloudy as the winter in Massachusetts, almost as emotional. But it is carried by an incredibly low-key but powerful performance (not only from the great Affleck, but also Michelle Williams from Affleck's ex-wife and Lucas hedges as a nephew) and leaves you some hope at the end (this is the least that can be done to make up for the journey to get there).