We’re in the last stages of the primary season, so forgive
me for talking about a revolution; just know that I’m definitely not
talking about overthrowing the political establishment of either party
or embarking on a course of transformative economic shifts.
As a film critic preaching the gospel of
critical thinking in a world locked into the mainstream belief that
math, science and technology are the only fields of study that matter,
writer-director Matt Brown’s new biopic offers a persuasive — and quite surprising — counter-argument.
Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin)
knows the simple secret for creating a down-and-dirty little indie
thriller: Introduce us to smart, funny characters, but don’t feel the
need to burden them with cluttered backstories.
Miles Ahead, the new film from
multi-hyphenate Don Cheadle, captures Miles Davis a little more than a decade
from his final days, but there’s a very real sense of the fragility,
both physically and psychologically, that plagued him toward the end.
Davis looks like a master of the universe
with every single piece of the American Dream bought and paid for
thanks to the exploitation of generations before him. Life — his life —
is perfect, because he gets to believe the illusion that his hard work
has made it all possible. But what does he know?
I have always appreciated the fullness of
life that I could glimpse in others, especially women of a certain age.
Experience might have been the more important characteristic. Age was
merely the obvious signal I could recognize at a glance.