It’s movie recs this week because we could all use a break. I keep thinking about “Knives Out.” Who knew the guy from the mediocre/bad second “Star Wars” movie could turn out a super interesting commentary on class relations?
Blah blah blah “‘Arrival’ (2015) starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner is a masterpiece of storytelling and flow,” you’ve heard it all before. But I will say it again: It is a masterpiece of storytelling and flow.
“Interstellar” is not very good. Story-wise it’s all over the place, and the ending plot twist is honestly really boring. However, that doesn’t mean that finding it out won’t make you go, “Aww! That’s cute. Kind of.”
I’ll be honest; I haven’t actually seen “Edge of the City.” But I have heard only good things about it. It’s John Cassavetes and Sidney Poitier, so you can kind of assume that whatever it is it’s gonna be good. Watch it and let me know.
Ah, the days of screwball comedies. Very few beat “Bringing Up Baby”: fast-paced dialogue, a dinosaur bone, a leopard, Cary Grant running frantically around a large mansion in a baby pink silk robe… What’s not to love?
“God’s Own Country” is simply a masterpiece. There are dead animals in it, yes, but it’s so simple and beautiful saying so much with so little. It’s a sweet movie with a chunky sweater as a main plot point.
We all know Studio Ghibli is fantastic, but “Only Yesterday” is so underrated. You’ll relish in the beautiful landscapes and leave the film wanting so bad to be a farmer before realizing it means you have to wake up at 5 a.m. every day.
My taste is all over the place. Watch “His Girl Friday” not because it’s good, which it is, but because she wears this one outfit and it looks like it’s black and white striped but in reality it was black and PINK. PINK!
“The Manchurian Candidate” is a masterpiece of anti-Russia Cold War propaganda. Also Frank Sinatra is in it? Also it is CRAZY. Honestly, maybe you shouldn’t watch it. But then, maybe that means you should?
I like ooky-spooky movies that require a lot of thinking, so Nolan’s “The Prestige” is usually near the top of my list. It’s great for an intellectual and narrative challenge to distract from all the work you should actually be doing.
For a weirdo creepy movie, try “Moon”. It’s about…a guy…on the Moon. And things happen…on the Moon. And that is really all I feel like I can say about it. It’s neat for a film that pretty much only has one cast member.
Watch “Mamma Mia!” and then when you’re done with that watch “Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again” too. Because honestly, we all deserve to pretend we’re dancing to ABBA on an island in Greece and have no problems.