Overview: June 2020

Overview provides my readers with a brief overview of the articles or reviews that I have written, as well as additional bite-sized thoughts on films or shows about which I do not intend to write thorough reviews. In June 2020, among other things, I wrote a lengthy spoiler-filled discussion of the story of The Last of Us: Part II, and I also, finally, reviewed the third season of Westworld.

Published Reviews and Articles

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What I Didn’t Write About

I watch a lot of films and shows each and every month, but I don’t write extensive, complete reviews about everything that I watch or rewatch. So, in this section of Overview, I will write a few brief additional thoughts on content about which I don’t intend to write full reviews now or in the future. However, I may have watched something this month that I do want to review in the future, in which case I will not make note of it here.

A Rainy Day in New York, 2019, dir. Woody Allen, starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez:

– This film is filled to the brim with bizarrely anachronistic and pretentious dialogue. I still can’t believe that the main character is named ‘Gatsby Welles’. Surprisingly, Selena Gomez probably gives the best performance here. Fanning isn’t given a lot to work with, other than an uncomfortable storyline that doesn’t really go anywhere. Chalamet is fine but unremarkable in this movie. There really isn’t much to write home about with his character (other than his strange name). It’s just another Allen-surrogate character. Unless you’re a big fan of Chalamet and you are desperate to watch everything he acts in, I’d probably recommend that you skip this film. It isn’t memorable at all, and I don’t think it’s good either.

7500, 2019, dir. Patrick Vollrath, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt:

7500 is a (for the most part) single-location thriller about a pilot (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his attempt to land a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. This movie was only really on my radar because it marked the return of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose previous major role was in 2016’s Snowden (directed by Oliver Stone). I really like Gordon-Levitt, and it was really nice to see him in a lead role again. I remember thinking, back when The Dark Knight Rises came out, that he was the ‘next big thing,’ but that never really happened, I don’t think. It’s a shame because even when Gordon-Levitt attempts these difficult accents, like in Zemeckis’ The Walk, I find him to be a compelling performer. I thought he gave a quietly powerful performance in 7500, and, since I’m a big fan of single-location thrillers (such as the incredible Buried starring Ryan Reynolds), the film held my interest and attention. If you have access to Amazon Prime Video, then I would recommend that you check this film out because Gordon-Levitt delivers one of his stronger performances.

But that’s not all I watched this month. For a complete list of my Letterboxd diary for June 2020, click here.

– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.

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