THREE RECENT FILMS I WAS SURPRISED TO LOVE
(sorry for the slightly generous interpretation of "recent" and sorry these are all somewhat similar)
- •Manchester By The Sea (2016)I did see this with a bit of bias; admittedly it's full of stuff I'm a sucker for (an Affleck brother, Michelle Williams, distinctly New England landscapes). But this film was far beyond what I expected—intimate and quiet and achingly somber. I found myself frequently teary-eyed for the smallest reasons and left feeling profoundly impacted, though unresolved.
- •Whiplash (2014)My dislike of Miles Teller kept me away until this year. But this film ended up being impressive on all fronts! I now understand why it was raved about so often.
- •Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)The previews gave me the impression that the film's "indie" aesthetic was a bit heavy-handed. Maybe so. But I really liked this small film, full of sadness sure but also so full of the distinctive uncertainties that accompany being a teenager and negotiating your identity and your place in the world.