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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Masterpiece

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    Moonlight is the type of movie you watch to think. It presents ideas many movies have not nailed until this one. Moonlight is a patient movie, the viewer may not understand something until one line of dialogue is said that makes the whole movie be views different. But enough of the philosophical stuff, the movie really is a masterpiece. The performances are outstanding. These are not well known actors or big blockbuster actors, they are actually acting their hearts out and giving a genuine and emotional performance. It's visually stunning too. The cinematography makes packs every frame with so much emotion, you can stop the movie at any moment and the picture layed on your screen will look like a painting filled with thought and care. Even the script flows well along with everything and that is due to the outstanding direction. Overall Moonlight is the best movie of the year and deserves to be studied by any aspiring filmmaker.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Triptych Take on Masculinity

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    Moonlight is one of those films that anytime your mind tends to float back to it inevitable feelings of great sympathy and understanding come with it. It is a film that both simply and oh so complexly transcends all barriers of politics and beliefs and presents a bare bones human story that just so happens to deal with being black and being gay. It's always been clear, especially from the outside looking in, that the culture that forms young black men is one of the most high-pressure environments for one to be tough, hard, or essentially show little to no feeling at all. "Toxic masculinity" as it has been labeled in recent writings. There has long existed the stigma that to be hard or worthy of being a man one must be largely indifferent to those things that naturally give us weaknesses in the world. By tackling this idea and how it affects the growth and development of one underprivileged youth is at one time to present exactly what it promises while at another-painting a much broader picture of this toxicity that has been constructed by society for which many young men are led to believe there are certain actions that have to be taken or certain attitudes that must be adopted in order to make them worthy of being a man. This doesn't have to necessarily deal with being gay or straight, but more this condition is about those stereotypes of men-emotionless, dominant, violent-that society has relayed to determine certain levels of masculinity. That Moonlight addresses such expectations and the baggage and torture such expectations can carry when not met in the judgmental environments of the projects or of high school or even of one's mother who knows the essence of her son, but isn't strong enough herself to stand up to such stigma's thus leaving that child for the wolves of the world is powerful enough. That Moonlight is able to explore these largely ignored aspects of manhood in such poetic and provocative ways as through the lens of a young man growing up black, poor, and gay only makes these points that much more enlightening and subsequently-that much more powerful. Moonlight is a film that, anytime you think about, are reminded of, or even consider the ground it covers and the essence of what it embodies not only in its ideas and themes, but in its nearly flawless execution inevitable feelings of great sympathy and understanding come flooding back as well. More than anything, writer/director Barry Jenkins understands the human element at the core of these issues and by parlaying as much through the single perspective of Chiron at three different stages of his life we are delivered a fleshed out portrait of the true internal tendencies versus the ideals we're taught we should become.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Moonlight Surprise

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    This is the little art film that pulled the big Oscar surprise, winning the Best Picture award in one of the strangest finales in Academy Awards history. If you didn't see the film in theaters, you probably aren't alone. This isn't the kind of film fare that makes it to the shopping mall cineplexes in Anytown, USA. Seeing it on DVD is likely the way to go for anybody interested in what the buzz was about, and the blu ray transfer is quite good, as you might expect, capturing the sights and sounds of those parts of Miami tourists usually never see. The film tells the story of Chiron, a withdrawn and bullied young boy trying to figure out life in his neighborhood and his own confusing feelings. His mother is a junkie, his best friend might be his worst enemy, and the only person who pays attention to him is the local drug dealer (played by Mahershala Ali in his Oscar winning supporting role). The film remains true to Chiron's story, well-played by three different actors, and doesn't resort to the crime melodramatics that the material otherwise suggests. Give credit to writer-director Barry Jenkins for delivering a film of surprising emotional depth. Did it deserve the Oscar for Best Picture over its competition? That's for you to decide, but "Moonlight" is definitely worth watching.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great film

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    Moonlight is a 2016 American film directed by Barry Jenkins. The coming-of-age drama is written by Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney and is adapted from McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, and Alex Hibbert. The film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his own sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he receives as a result of it.[6] Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, and has grossed $50 million worldwide.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A movie for the correct moment

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    A large majority of films constantly depict blacks as the drug dealers and hood mercenaries that shoot first and don't even bother with questions. This is that same film, however it comes with a twist. It helps humanize the people that we are taught through mainstream media as monsters, and teaches us again that these "monsters" are actual real people that do have souls and hearts. In a time where blacks have to picket to remind people that they are human, and in fact, their lives matter too; this movie helps to deliver that message in a different way. Definitely a must see. It's one of those American History X type films that will open your eyes to the world. And it won and was nominated for some academy awards to boot!

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Tough but necessary watch!

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    This movie is a spectacular piece of art! It paints such a raw and real picture of life and the challenges of being a Queer POC growing up in an underprivileged area. The cinematography is gorgeous as well as the soundscape! It is a tough one to watch at times but it amazes me how they could capture the beauty, strength and tenderness of the characters. It also is comprised of an incredible cast and crew. Looking forward to the directors next piece!

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    moonlight blu ray baby!!!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    wonderful gift for a friend! watch this movie everybody!

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Picture of the year award winner

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    While i agree with the Academy on their nomination of this film and it truly deserves all the credit and praise heaped upon it, I found something oddly missing in the film. I sadly miss say I don't understand Mahershala Ali's Best Supporting Actor win for this role as he is in the movie for only about 15 to 20 minutes total and that is early in the film and then I spent the balance (about 1 1/2 hrs) of the film waiting for his return into this young man's life. While I enjoyed the movie and highly recommend it, I think both "Fences" and "Hidden Figures" are superior films with more experienced actors who gave more endearing and enduring portraits of their characters.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A powerful and impactful film

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    Fantastic film about identity through the years and perspective of the main character. Raw, real, a genius piece of film.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Brilliant, Beautiful Film

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    A brilliant, beautiful film with incredible performances. Chiron is a sensitive man and Barry Jenkins’ brilliant screenplay showcases that. We get Mahershala Ali’s amazing supporting Academy Award winning performance and the technical elements are just as award worthy. The cinematography is top notch and the score elevated the film to a beautiful higher plane. The story is shown in three chapters but by the end, you may long for a fourth chapter.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Oscar-Worthy Urban Drama

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    I bought this Blu-Ray on a whim because my $5 Best Buy certificate was going to expire that Saturday when sale prices for the week end & I had to get something fast! "And the Oscar goes to..." "La La Land"...not! While "La La Land" was a decent musical or a film with Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone posing as a musical in modern times, "Moonlight" just feels more gritty and real. The director, Barry Jenkins, is gifted in making the viewer feel for the characters, especially newcomer Mahershala Ali, who goes through a discovery of self in complex situations.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very impressed!

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    The only reason I brought because I wanted to see what was all the hype. Had no idea what the movie was about. It started off a little slow and I started to turn it off. I'm so glad I didn't. Once I realized the whole idea. It made sense. It was a wonderful surprise on how it was directed. It left everything to the imagination. It didn't show to much much. It was the type of moving that will have you thinking and remembering to treat everyone with love and always be kind. Because you never know what a person is going through or has been through. It open my eyes. Great buy.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Worth It

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Hard to find LGBTQA movies on digital and Blu-ray copy. This movie needs to go in your collection.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not Awful

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    The movie follows the character Chiron through three stages of his life. He is African-American and Gay. His mother is a crack addict. They live in the ghetto of Miami. I went in to this thinking, here we go again, and overall, that is pretty much how it went. The pacing was somewhat slow and not a lot of time was spent on character development. But I have nothing but praise for Mahershala Ali who did so much with his role. I liked the movie for what it was trying to accomplish. It did not go all the way, but it is a start.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    it deserves awards

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    While LA LA LAND was my favorite film of the year, I was going to be okay with MOONLIGHT or MANCHESTER BTS winning Best Picture because they are 3 of the best films of 2016 (Toni Erdmann is another, I have a few more acclaimed ones to watch). I was rooting for LLL on Oscar night, but this little indie film could use the sales/rentals boost. It's a great film and not the type of story that gets made often, much less sees a wide audience, in a blockbuster-dominated market. I'm curious to see what director Barry Jenkins brings us next.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    "MOONLIGHT" FEELS RIGHT, ESPECIALLY FROM BEST BUY!

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    I like good dramas and "Moonlight" excels, and is excellent. Of course, I was disappointed at first during academy awards, as I met Beatty and Dunaway (same flight) in 1989 and knew it was not their fault for the goof. BUT after Moonlight won, I just had to rush out and buy it...at the BEST place to BUY: BEST BUY, which has the BEST prices(cheap), great deals. I like hard hitting dramas, and this is is great, hits the spot, and glad it won BEST PICTURE Oscar. SEE IT! BUY IT! I don't want to say more, as I might give away plot points.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very Solid Best Picture Winner

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    An engrossing character study that comes alive through the rich performances of the stellar cast and Barry Jenkins expert craftsmanship in his directorial effort. Mahershala Ali is one of the best actors out there and rightly won the Supporting Actor Oscar. From the moment he comes on camera, you cannot help but be drawn to him. A beautifully made film.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    See it twice or more

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    I first saw Moonlight in the theater and could understand why it was nominated for Best Picture, though it was not my first choice to take the Best Picture Oscar. I cannot say I particularly "enjoyed" it, but I sure was impressed by the story and acting. Now that I have seen it again, I am even more impressed -- and this time I did "enjoy" it. On second viewing, I recognized things I had missed and came to appreciate the layers of the story and characters. This is truly a film to dive into and savor on multiple occasions.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A beautiful and heartbreaking human drama.

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    There is a reason why Moonlight won the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards. The performances feel like the actors lived in these characters lives and it does not feel forced or people overacting to win awards. The story about a black,repressed gay man whose life turns from tragedy too some form of redemption or reconnect with those who he thought did not love him for who he is or respect him for what he is, is a beautiful,heartbreaking triumph of a film that should be seen with an open mind and an open heart.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Stunning

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    Moonlight was 2016's well deserved best picture winner and after viewing the film it's easy to see why it beat out the heavily favored but overly sentimental La La Land. Jenkin's film in an honest and compelling tale about a young man finding his identity amidst the perils that come with a drug addicted mother and constant bullying. Stunning performances all around, candor and humanity propel this to the top of my favorites list for 2016.

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