Comedy, drama and romance for your consideration
All new films and TV shows are coming our way on streaming platforms, given that we can’t go to the cinema at the moment. How to navigate the variety of productions that everyone is offering? Let’s start from films, specifically from some new titles that arrived on Amazon Prime Video some weeks ago.
There are some must-watch movies everyone is talking about and that are worth our free time. From Regina King’s directorial debut to the latest work by Alan Ball, here’s a selection of four films, spanning from drama to romance for your consideration.
One Night in Miami (2020)
Directed by: Regina King
Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.
In her debut behind the camera, actress and director Regina King imagines a meeting of four legends: Malcom X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. Apart from being the most incredible fictionalized gathering ever, King tells a story about four Black icons who start the conversation behind the Civil Rights Movement. Led by the fantastic performances by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr. and Aldis Hodge, One Night in Miami is one of the new year’s must watch.
Sylvie’s Love (2020)
Directed by: Eugene Ashe
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria.
After a short flashfoward in 1962, this film by Eugene Ashe really starts in 1957 when Sylvie, an aspiring TV producer meets Robert, a saxophonist, in her father’s record store. We know it’s love at first sight, but this is an old-school tale about separation and reunion that needs its time to be fully told. Sylvie’s Love is a great romance to watch and also a heartfelt tribute to Hollywood drama.
Sound of Metal (2020)
Directed by: Darius Marder
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci.
This 2019 film, that finally arrived on Amazon at the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is based on a story by filmmaker Derek Cianfrance: in Sound of Metal Riz Ahmed plays Ruben, drummer who suddenly begins to lose is hearing. Directed by Darius Marder, it was named one of the best 10 films of 2020.
Uncle Frank (2020)
Directed by: Alan Ball
Starring: Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi.
Alan Ball is the man behind the success of Six Feet Under and True Blood. Uncle Frank is his second feature film as screenwriter and director. In the story, Beth is a 18-year-old from Creekville (South Carolina) who moves to New York City, where her uncle Frank Bledsoe lives, to attend college. The two don’t know much about each other and secrets will be revealed. When suddenly Daddy Mac dies, uncle and nephew must go back to Creekville to participate in the funeral. Frank doesn’t want his partner Wally to join them, afraid of what the locals might think if they find out about their relationship. However, Wally will follow them.