2021 Sundance: Day 5 Recap and Review

I decided to take a small rest today. Only was able to get to 3 new films, and I rewatched Prisoners of the Ghostland. Ended the day with a huge film though that is looking to have some real Oscar chances.

Prisoners of the Ghostland – A

Current Tomato Score: 72%

You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it, and I fucking loved it.

From my Review:
For how insane Prisoners of the Ghostland is, it is just as smart. Nic Cage, playing an even more insane Mad Max, leads a satirical takedown of westerns and western culture. This was a downright fun and crazy film that had beautiful, and Oscar-worthy, set and costume designs, and a score that pulsated through the entire film. A fun and wild ride that might have one of the best needle drops of the last 10 years.

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Marvelous and the Black Hole – B

Current Tomato Score: 89%

Wasn’t as hard hitting as I wanted it to be, but still a fun ride.

From my Review:
“Marvelous and the Black Hole is a sweet and delightful movie about an angsty teenager. While it may not break new ground, it is still a fun and delightful coming-of-age story. Rhea Pearlman is fantastic, and the emotional climax of the movie works really well.”

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nanu Segal

Land – C

Current Tomato Score: 61%

With better direction this could have been massive for Wright as her performance was truly powering.

From my Review:
“Land features a powering performance from Robin Wright, but where her acting stands with some of her best, her direction leaves a lot to be desired. The beautiful landscapes and score couldn’t help this from being just an average movie.”

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Daniel Power Copyright Focus Features LLC 2020

Judas and the Black Messiah – B+

Current Tomato Score: 96%

A powerful movie.

From my Review:
“Judas and the Black Messiah is a deeply powerful, moving, and engrossing film. Kaluuya and Fishback give their best performances, as Stanfield continues to prove himself as one of Hollywood’s best actors. A timely film that is as tense as it is emotional. You can’t murder a revolution.”

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Glen Wilson

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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