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 The Farewell, 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.
Dramedy: The Big Sick (2018)
The true life story of Kumail Nanjiani and then-girlfriend, now wife Emily Gordon is a heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life can be. Told in an earnest and straightforward manner, this little romcom/drama reminds us about power of one’s convictions, overcoming stereotypes, and taking leaps of faith. Poignant and lighthearted enough, we all need a movie like this during these times.
Director: Michael Showalter Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano
Body Horror: Overlord (2018)
What starts out as a WWII movie, on the eve of D-Day, turns into something much more sinister and gory. Overlord is the story of a group of soldiers who confront true terror in the form of Nazi experimentation that could turn the tide of WWII. IT’s kill or be killed to save the world in this relentless body horror action flick.
Director: Julius Avery. Starring: Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier
If you liked this, maybe try: Midsommar
Transformers?: Bumblebee (2018)
Transformers movies are not good, nor are they meant to be. They are popcorn fare with CGI robots fighting Mark Wahlberg or Josh Duhamel. But Bumblebee is different. An offshoot and soft reboot for the franchise, the film focuses in on a smaller story, smaller stakes, and some heartwarming chemistry between Hailee Steinfeld and the titular Transformer. For some entertainment for the whole family, look no further.
Director: Travis Knight. Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena
Indie Sci-fi: You Were Never Really Here (2017)
This is the movie that The Joker should have been. A mentally unstable ex-military hitman for hire who uncovers a secret of the rich and powerful. Set in a gritty and grimy and suffocating New York, director Lynne Ramsay gives Joaquin Phoenix a hulking and gruesome role to play. A must watch psychothriller.
Director: Lynne Ramsay. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Boardroom thriller: The Report (2019)
The real life crusade of Senate staffer Daniel Jones as he goes to incredible lengths and overcomes red tape and political obstacles to expose the truth behind the post-9/11 torture program run by the CIA. As gripping a boardroom drama as they come. Read my thoughts.
Director: Scott Z. Burns. Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Benning, Jon Hamm
Musical: Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
Zombies and musicals don’t seem like two genres that would go together, but Anna manages to pull it off in a lighthearted, if linear story. Set in small town England, the movie—and catchy songs—are as much about the end of the world, as they are about high school and family drama. A film taht punches way above its weight, check it out for some slightly gory fun. Read my thoughts.
Director: John McPhail. Starring: Ayrton Senna