Another day, another list. For this series, I wanted to recommend a few movies that are platform specific. Some new, some old, some maybe you’ve seen, some maybe not. Of course, this leaves out masterpieces like Burning, that you should definitely have seen already. Enjoy!
Evergreen note: The world is a crazy place right now. The global pandemic has forced everyone inside, in hopes of flattening the curve in our communities. Of course, that leaves folks with a lot of time to eat up, and what better way than to watch some movies. So, stay healthy, stay safe, and watch movies.
Newly released drama: Tigertail (2020)
An intergenerational drama about family, discipline, responsibility and choices made. First time feature director Alan Yang infuses an Asian-American’s immigrant tale with poise, charm, tenderness, and heartbreak. Not a perfect film, but one that’ll stick with you for a while. Read my thoughts.
Director: Alan Yang. Starring: Tzi Ma, Hong-Chi Lee, Yo-Hsing Fang, Christine Ko, Kunjue Li
If you liked this, maybe try: Always Be My Maybe
A comedic biopic: Dolemite is my Name (2019)
A stunningly human and hilarious recounting of Rudy Ray Moore, the loudmouthed, swaggering comedian who came to rise in the ’70s by revolutionizing party albums, blaxploitation kung fu movies, and more. Eddie Murphy gives a stunning performance as the main protagonist, giving an exasperated, all-or-nothing performance. Read my thoughts.
Director: Craig Brewer. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Keegan Michael Key
If you liked this, maybe try: The Death of Stalin
Animated: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Quite possibly the best animated film of the last decade. Possible one of the best superhero movies of the last decade, as well. The inventiveness and messaging of this Oscar-winning film that feels like a comic book come to life, is unmatched. Featuring an all-star voice cast, Spider-Verse isn’t just another superhero or animated film, it’s a work of art.
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey. Starring: Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Kathryn Hahn, Chris Pine, Kimiko Glenn, Zoé Kravitz, Natalie Morales, Liev Schrieber
If you liked this, maybe try: Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro
Indie Sci-fi: Moon (2009)
This is the indie, low budget, gritty (and better) space film that The Martian wished it were. Sam Rockwell plays a solo operator on a moon base, but quickly the physical and mental toll of operating a space station alone take effect. What follows is a gritty, dirty, high concept, low budget classic from first time director Duncan Jones (the late David Bowie’s son).
Director: Duncan Jones. Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kaya Benedict Wong, Kevin Spacey (voice)
If you liked this, maybe try: I am Mother
Zombie flick: Train to Busan (2016)
Zombies are admittedly pretty played out, yet they have been a mainstay in pop culture since Romero in the late ’60s. Enter Korea’s Train to Busan. A highly fun, wild ride of a zombie film that took the world by storm in the middle of the decade. It doesn’t do anything new, but it offers stakes you can believe in, multi-dimensional characters (rare for this genre), and genuine scares.
Director: Sang-ho Yeon. Starring: Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Yoo Gong
If you liked this, maybe try: 47 Meters Down
Documentary: Senna (2010)
I’m not a huge documentary watcher, but Senna— which profiles the life and death of F1 legend Ayrton Senna—is completely gripping and compelling. Documenting the humble Brazilian’s rise to global fame and the battles in the car and outside of it, and his ultimate tragedy will leave you speechless. A larger than life athlete, Senna should be seen by all.
Director: Asif Kapadia. Starring: Ayrton Senna
If you liked this, maybe try: 24 Hour War