I got away for a week this September in order to recharge the mental batteries for the months ahead -- they will be trying months politically, creatively, and mentally. I returned just in time to see a Supreme Court nominee yelling about beer, so it's safe to say I needed that time away, it was helpful. My goodness, this year is so strange.
Also watched some good movies.
Aneesh Chaganty's SEARCHING is excellent. The pursuit of truth is more compelling than the truth revealed but that's a minor complaint in what is otherwise a great mystery and one of my favorites of the year. Don't dismiss it because you sense a gimmick movie. It might indeed be a gimmick movie, but it's also much more. John Cho is fantastic. Good stuff. (I wrote about the film's use of technology for Scriptophobic and that should be going up on the site soon.)
The Day After
THE DAY AFTER is amazing. And oh so depressing. It has this docudrama style that sets it apart from other disaster films. The result is chilling. I seriously got emotional watching it. Hard to believe it was made for tv. A stunner.
Atsuko Hirayanagi's OH, LUCY! is a wonderful dark comedy/drama featuring one of the best performances of the year from Shinobu Terajima. I wrote a full review over at City on Fire.
The Death of Stalin
From the creator of VEEP and IN THE LOOP comes one of the darkest dark comedies you'll ever see. THE DEATH OF STALIN is a hilarious, rapid fire political comedy about the days following the death of Joseph Stalin. The screenplay is brilliant.
My Young Auntie
MY YOUNG AUNTIE is now one of my favorite Shaw Brothers films. An absolute delight. "Lady power, very fierce!" My only real complaint is that Kara Hui disappears in the finale and the men take over, which is a shame because she's definitely the best thing in the film. Otherwise, I loved this.
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