Mike Mills

Review: C’mon C’mon

Review: C’mon C’mon

Year: 2021 | Rating: “Of all the arts, movies are the most powerful aid to empathy, and good ones make us into better people.” These words were written by film critic Roger Ebert in regards to the power that cinema has to enrich the lives of viewers, and in no film that I’ve ever seen has the desire to use empathy to be a better person been as strong of a driving force as in C’mon C’mon. Written and directed by Mike Mills, C’mon C’mon tells the story of Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix), a documentary filmmaker who is given the task of looking after…
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Review: Beginners

Review: Beginners

Year: 2010 | Rating: So as with both of writer-director Mike Mills’ films that I had seen prior to this one — 20th Century Women and C’mon C’mon — Beginners impacted me in such an unusually specific way, as if Mills has some sort of insight directly into my life and can write about my experiences sometimes before I even experience them myself. What I didn’t expect was that the hyper-specific experience I had with this film would not revolve around the human characters’ relationship with each other, but rather the relationship between the main character and a dog. Yeah, this is gonna be one of those…
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Review: 20th Century Women

Review: 20th Century Women

Year: 2016 | Rating: Oh my God, Mike Mills. I'm simultaneously so thrilled and yet so angry that I've discovered his work in the past couple of weeks, first with the revelatory C'mon C'mon (2021) and now with 20th Century Women, a film which admittedly flew under my radar upon release and I am just now catching up on. I'm angry because, as I mentioned in my review for C'mon C'mon, Mills is making the movies that I someday wanted to make. There's something unnerving about having the delusion that I had a singular original vision in my head for years shattered by…
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