geezer cinema: no time to die (cary joji fukunaga, 2021)
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the incredible jessica james (jim strouse, 2017)

This is the tenth film I have watched in "My Letterboxd Season Challenge 2021-22", "A 33 week long challenge where the goal each week is to watch a previously unseen feature length film from a specified category." This is the 7th annual challenge, and my third time participating (my first year can be found at "My Letterboxd Season Challenge 2019-20", and last year's at "My Letterboxd Season Challenge 2020-21"). Week 10 is called "Contemporary Performers: LaKeith Stanfield Week":

LaKeith Stanfield is of a rare breed that can bring their own brand of energy to any role they embody. It's been a pleasure watching him blow up over the past half decade or so, and I for one am very excited to see how his career progresses.

This week's challenge is to watch a previously unseen film starring LaKeith Stanfield.

I love the subject of this challenge, because LaKeith Stanfield is a favorite of mine. He's been a standout in supporting roles in excellent films, he's been a standout in lead roles like Sorry to Bother You, he's a standout on the TV series Atlanta. He's fine here, but he's actually not on the screen that much, so while his presence justifies its inclusion for this week's challenge, he's not the reason to watch the movie.

That reason is Jessica Williams, who was a brilliant burst of fresh air during her stint as a Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show. (Some of us hoped she be the replacement for Jon Stewart, although Trevor Noah is excellent.) Williams is the titular star of the film, and is on screen for pretty much its entire running time. She never disappoints, and she makes The Incredible Jessica James the kind of movie you can recommend to friends.

But ultimately, The Incredible Jessica James is a run-of-the-mill rom-com with good performances. It's fairly harmless, which is both why it is easy to recommend and why it doesn't amount to much in the end. I wanted to like the movie ... heck, I did like the movie. But I had much higher hopes.


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