I hate waiting. There is nothing worse in my book than being all ready to go for something and then just having to wait for something or someone to make “it” happen. It could be waiting for escrow to close, it could be waiting for payday or it could be waiting for that court date to come so you can put your enemies in jail where they belong. Whatever your “it’ is waiting sucks.

One silver lining I’ve found is finding the time to clean out the list of movies you have been meaning to watch someday, but never seem to find the time. Lately, I’ve had plenty of time and here are three films that I’ve put off watching for a while that were surprisingly worthwhile.

First up, a British film called High-Rise. I swear Tom Hiddleston has been in almost every film I’ve watched lately and this one may be at the top of the pile. High-Rise is a Kubrickesque dystopian future movie where the higher your floor the more social status you have. Unlike that ice-breaking train movie from a few years ago, the lower floors of the high-rise enjoy some comfort. The question in this film is just how much comfort is needed to maintain the status-quo. Nice cast, with Jeremy Irons up on the top floor.

High rise  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKPghZ5cc_E

 

Pawn Sacrifice is a bio-picture about Bobby Fisher. Now, I normally don’t like bio pics because they all seem to tell the same story. The ray Charles and Edith Piaf films are about two very different artist but the films are written with the same outline. With Pawn Sacrifice, we get a look into the making of the greatest chess game ever played as well as the mental deterioration of Bobby Fisher played by Spiderman Toby Maguire does an acceptable job as Fisher and I am grateful that at least they did not cast that Harry Potter kid instead.

Pawn sacrifice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFHvH9FtACg

Beasts of no Nation has been sitting in my list the longest. I think it is the only film (other than foreign films) nominated for an Oscar last year that I avoided watching.  The film deals with child solders which is not your happiest of topics. I have a hard time watching anything where children are the subject of violence. Emotionally, the film was about as I expected. I cleared out my tear ducts and was impressed with the cinematography and fine performances. At its heart Beasts of no Nation is a film about making the best out of bad.. really bad.. circumstances.

Beasts of no nation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw