When I saw “Arrival” and “Hidden Figures,” I thought, finally, Hollywood is making great movies, leaving violence and male-domination behind.
However, it was too early in my review of last year’s movies to draw any conclusions.
Among the too violent: “Hell or High Water”; “Elle”; “Nocturnal Animals”; and “Suicide Squad.”
Male-dominated: Six of the nine Best Picture nominated movies have men as the main character. One third were coming of age stories about males, a category I’m really tired of watching in the movies.
Here are my choices for the movies I thought were the best:
“Hidden Figures” and “Arrival.” “Hidden Figures,” about black female mathematicians in the space program, is a fantastic movie, an example of the type of movie Hollywood should be making. “Arrival,” a science fiction thriller, features a linguistics professor whose lecture is interrupted by an alien invasion. “Hacksaw Ridge,” although it was a World II movie, was overly violent. Spoiler alert: We didn’t need to see the Japanese commander beheaded, with his head rolling off and bouncing like it was made of wood. I didn’t see “Fences.”