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 Parasite, 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.
A Masterpiece: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020)
Once in a while, a film comes along that is so engrossing, so absorbing and so beautifully made that it’s undeniably a masterpiece. This french drama goes beyond forbidden love and societal expectations and opens the viewer up into sharp ideas of desire, class, femininity, and individualism. See this movie as many times as you can. Read my thoughts.
Director: Celine Sciamma. Starring: Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant
Indie Sci-fi: Prospect (2018)
Despite being set in a futuristic sci-fi setting, Prospect feels much more like a gritty western than a sci-fi epic. Focusing on a father-daughter duo at what seems like the end of the galaxy as they pin their dreams on a treasure map or sorts, hoping to escape their hardscrabble existence. With no budget and an imagination, Prospect soars as a quiet and inventive sci-fi action adventure.
Directors: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl. Starring: Pedro Pascal, Sophie Thacher, Jay Duplass
Foreign Drama: Shoplifters (2018)
A lighthearted film about a ragtag family of small time crooks just trying to get by in Tokyo. Taking a turn to the sincere and then devastating, Shoplifters is the kind of movie that lifts you up and then absolutely tears you apart. But the beauty and power of found family will stitch you back together.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda. Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
A star is born: Wild Rose (2019)
There’s no shortage of big star-is-born features but Wild Rose is much smaller and intimate film. The film centers on a young Glaswegian protagonist with dreams of making it big but with a broken life holding her back. Without spoiling, in the 3rd act, the movie goes from good-to-great. You’ve seen a Star is Born. Now watch Wild Rose. Read my thoughts.
Director: Tom Harper. Starring: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters
Uplifting dramedy: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
A fish out of water buddy comedy set in the New Zealand wilderness. Before he was a big time Oscar nominated director, Taika Waititi was infusing films with heart and irreverent humor in his home country. For a feel good viewing experience, check this out.
Director: Taika Waititi. Starring: Sam Neil, Julian Dennison, Rachel House
Stoner action comedy: American Ultra (2015)
A film that kind of punches under its weight, but is the sort of escapist action comedy that one can enjoy. Watch Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart play a stoner couple with secret spy thriller past. An a-list cast, with b-effort; there’s worse ways to spend a night of social distancing!
Director: Nima Nourizadeh. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walter Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale,