Year in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Movies

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Movies (1966 P.E.A. Films)

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on the movies that left an indelible mark on me. From the triumphant “Oppenheimer” to the twisted “Saltburn,” these films showcased the magic of cinema. They reminded me why I love going to the movies – for the laughter, tears, and surprises.

Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” warmed my heart with its poignant portrayal of lonely souls finding connection. Charlotte Regan’s “Scrapper” introduced me to a talented young actress, Lola Campbell, who stole the show alongside Harris Dickinson. Laure Calamy’s performance in “Full Time” left me breathless, as she juggled motherhood and chaos with unflinching realism.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966 P.E.A. Films)

Jeffrey Wright shone in “American Fiction,” a satirical take on race and culture that hit close to home. Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” was a cultural phenomenon, smashing records and stereotypes alike.

Kelly Fremon Craig’s adaptation of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” perfectly captured the awkwardness of puberty, transporting me back to my preteen years.

Ben Affleck’s “Air” told the fascinating story of Nike’s partnership with Michael Jordan, with a dream team cast that included Matt Damon and Viola Davis. Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” featured a stunning performance from Lily Gladstone, who brought the tragic true story of the Osage people to life.

Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn” was a controversial and thought-provoking exploration of privilege and desire, with Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi delivering standout performances.

These films showcased the power of cinema to surprise, move, and inspire us. Even in an era of streaming services, the shared experience of movie-going remains unparalleled. Here’s to many more cinematic adventures in the years to come!