Drama Movies [Short Reviews]

Updated 2021-01-10

Here I collect short reviews I made on Drama movies. To see another genre look at the index page. You find it here!

I’m the type of persons who hates spoilers, I more or less never watch trailers and don’t want to know anything about the movie more than the basic plot. So in that vein is also my reviews. They are more of short things that maybe can wake someones interest and make them discover the movie themselves.


Antichrist (2009)

6/10

Synopsis: A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Review: I was hoping for more horror and madness, but it’s more of a drama piece in my opinion. Both Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg makes fantastic performances, but still it’s a one time watch for me.

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Dark Waters (2019)

8/10

Synopsis: Based on a true story conspiracy. A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Review: I looooove movies about conspiracies and I have always liked Mark Ruffalo, he has a calm and warmth about him that I enjoy. The topic is chilling, but also important to bring to peoples attention, how a company just to make money willfully poisons thousands upon thousands of people. I only wished it was a bit longer so we could have had even more details on the attempt to cover it all up.

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Devil All The Time, The (2020)

9/10

Synopsis: Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.

Review: I didn’t know anything about this one before watching it, I found out about it through someones Top 10 list for the year 2020. That Bill Skarsgård is in it doesn’t make it less appealing.

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John Adams (2008)

9/10

Synopsis: The life of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation’s first 50 years.

Review: Fantastic mini-series about early America and its road to becoming an independent (from U.K) country and we get to follow the facinating life of John Adams, played by the awesome Paul Giamatti. As his wife Abigail we see one of my favourite actress, Laura Linney

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Life in a Fishbowl (2014)

9/10

Synopsis: Follows three very different people who’s lives become intertwined and affect each other in ways unforeseen. A kind-hearted young mother struggling to stay afloat has chosen a dark and demeaning career to support her daughter, a seemingly worthless trap drinks to escape a horrible past he wants to forget and a success driven business man deals with the morality of corporate fraud. They must accept their past and present choices to help themselves and the people around them.

Review: Fantastic drama from Iceland about pain, sorrow, lost and abuse. Hera Hilmar as the struggling single mother and Þorsteinn Bachmann as the drunken poet are simply awesome in their roles.

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Myth of the American Sleepover, The (2010)

6/10

Synopsis: Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.

Review: Nice calm slow-paced indie movie about some sleepovers just before school starts again after the summer. It has this youthful horniness and the look for love as the main theme, and not much else happens. But it’s nice, like a warm blanket.

Savages, The (2007)

6/10

Synopsis: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Review: Two of my favorite actors have the main roles here, Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman play siblings that have to take care of their father. It’s marketed as a drama/comedy, but it forgot the comedy parts. Ok, but never hit the high notes. A one time watch for me.


Storytelling (2001)

6/10

Synopsis:

Review: Todd Solondzs follow up to his masterpiece Happiness with this one. Not as good, but it defiantly has its moments. Divided into a “fiction” segment and a “non-fiction” one. The first one is a really good drama piece, and the second one is more of comedy.

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Tallulah (2016)

7/10

Synopsis: Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Review: I’m always happy when I notice that Allison Janney is in a movie, ever since I saw her performance in The West Wing where I thought she was great. Elliot Page (Then Ellen Page) also shines in the lead role.

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Tramps (2016)

7/10

Synopsis: A young man and woman find love in an unlikely place while carrying out a shady deal.

Review: A feel-good movie (not in that slimy Lifetime way). More or less just two actors on screen, that both make great performances. The film moves along pretty slow, but the dialogue and story never gets boring. Imdb categorize this as a comedy, although it have comedic moments , for me it’s more a drama with romantic/comedic moments.

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Under The Silver Lake (2018)

7/10

Synopsis: Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Review: If you’re up for a fast paced movie, you’ve have picked the wrong one. Directed by David Robert Mitchell, the director of 2014 most talked about indie horror movie, It Follows. Kind of charming movie, with some weird elements like barking people and a made-up conspiracy plot. As I said before I’m a sucker for these kind of slow-paced drama flicks and this one is just that. Maybe it has too much of a comedic touch for me taste, I would probably liked it more if it had played more serious.

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