Another day, another list. For this series, I wanted to recommend a few movies (and one miniseries) that are platform specific. Some new, some old, some maybe you’ve seen, some maybe not. Of course, this leaves out masterpieces like Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, both of which 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.
Uplifting zomcom: Little Monsters (2019)
Zombie movies are historically at their most effective when focusing down to a human level, and that’s exactly what makes this touching little zom-com so effective. The charming little Australian film is so small scale it would hardly be recognizable next to similar small scale contemporary like Train to Busan, let alone a blockbuster like World War Z. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s bad, rather Little Monsters is a low-budget, high-gore, B-grade entertainment. Read my thoughts.
Director: Abe Forsyth. Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad
90’s action: Demolition Man (1993)
In a movie that is much more prescient than should be, Demolition Man is a prototypical ’90s action flick with poorly choreographed action, big practical explosions, and big ideas about the future. Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes face off as two violent throwbacks let loose in an era of anodyne tranquility. Spoiler: Taco Bell wins the franchise wars.
Directors: Marco Brambilla. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Denis Leary
Pure terror: The Descent (2006)
This might be the most terrifying move ever made. Psychological madness at its apex. The title is not a mistake or coincidence.
Director: Neil Marshall. Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Arthouse Swedish vampire: Let The Right One In (2008)
The American remake of this cult class is decent, but there’s nothing like Tomas Alfredson’s moody vampire coming of age story set in rural Sweden. Centering on a cursed young girl and a naïve young neighbor boy, watch as the bodies pile up and the romance grows. Quite mundane yet violent, there hasn’t been a film quite like it since.
Director: Tomas Alfredson. Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Period satire: The Great (2020)
The rise to power of Russia’s great empress Catherine the Great has never been more fun, more satirical or more gorgeous looking. The cynical lens of which the shows views the historical events—loosely based, at least—makes a dry period subject a sight to behold.
Showrunner: Tony McNamara. Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Hoult
Atmospheric tension: Little Joe (2019)
The horror label is not quite apt for Little Joe, a film centered around a bio company that is attempting to engineer wellbeing via a genetically modified flower named, Little Joe. A tense and sometimes upsetting film about shortcuts to happiness and the dangers of playing God, Little Joe only dips it toes into the horror genre pool. Mostly set in a clinically clean corporate greenhouse and laboratory, Little Joe is masterful in crafting tension, sowing paranoia, and transforming characters’ cheery moods into the eery and strained. Read my thoughts.
Director: Jessica Hausner. Starring: Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham, Kit Connor