Well, that was a long, no good, absolutely shitty month of this insanely strange year. I feel like I'm six years older than I was in May. But I did see some good movies, so I guess that's one nice thing. Okay! Five new (or new to me) movies I want to recommend! (And if any of them sound like something you'd like to see, just click the corresponding image and it'll bring you to Amazon.)
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Haunting, heartbreaking, and beautiful film. Joan's death is inevitable and yet I still found the finale shocking. It's a great movie, the best I've seen in a very long time. Great performance, too. Nearly all close-up, nowhere to hide. There's so much to be read in her eyes alone. Passion of Joan of Arc had been in my blindspot for too long and I'm happy I finally got a chance to watch it.
Witness for the Prosecution
A great Billy Wilder adaptation of an Agatha Christie play, in which a grumpy lawyer played by Charles Laughton has to take on a seemingly unwinnable murder trial. Snappy dialogue, a fine sense of humor, and more than a few unexpected twists. It's clever as hell. Laughton is wonderful.
What if David Fincher's The Game was a comedy? That's Game Night and it is hilarious. Sharp script and unusually creative visual style for a big studio comedy. Wish I had seen it in theatres. Rachel McAdams is the MVP but everyone's great. Loved it. My favorite comedy of 2018 so far (we're now at the half-way point!).
On the Beach at Night Alone
On the Beach at Night Alone is pretty wonderful. It's a South Korean drama about an actress who returns home from abroad after a very public affair in which she fell for her director. If I understand details of writer/director Hong Sang-soo's life correctly, telling this story is both daring and shameless. It's also a strange film, playing with expectations and hidden meanings. I liked it.
It's very strange to see Anton Yelchin in a new film in 2018. I guess this was the last he ever made. It's sad, but it's also nice to see him again. Thoroughbreds is a dark suburban thriller/comedy/horror-thing. Olivia Cooke is absolutely amazing and Anya Taylor-Joy & Anton Yelchin ain't far behind. Promising feature directional debut. Unsettling but highly recommended if a poster quote like "twisted, demented, funny" makes sense to you.
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