MOVIES 2017: march
things i've not seen before, new & old 🎬 (i guess this is a fucking LIVE LIST now as opposed to end-of-the-month recap dump?! UGH)
- •20th century women (2017)i'd been looking forward to seeing this based on the cast alone but it couldn't have exceeded my expectations any more if it tried. some of the conversations i've had with people in the wake of seeing this have been some of the most interesting dialogues about gender and masculinity and feminism in the late 70s that i almost want to meet mike mills just so i can shake his hand and say thank you. see it if you can! it uses the talking heads in the most perfect way and i loved it.
- •rendition (2007)sweet baby jake. this was moderately fine; i usually find anything about terrorism to be deeply problematic (just in how awfully the politics of both sides are represented) so i really only watched it because of gyllenhaal's involvement ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ kind of cute knowing he & reese witherspoon met through filming though, that's a nice moment in pop culture history.
- •ghostbusters (2016)KATE MCKINNON THO. this was pretty fun. i watched it with one of best gal pals (unintentionally) on international women's day, so that was nice timing. loved the cameos. loved big dumb chris hemsworth. want to be/want to be with holtzman, etc
- •logan (2017)the x-men have always been my favourite "superheroes", wolverine has always been my favourite mutant, hugh jackman for me is the perfect logan. SO: this was a tough watch; so emotionally overwhelming, so brutal? i'm not sure what i expected but it wasn't this. WELL PLAYED EVERYONE INVOLVED.
- •the big lebowski (1998)i know. I KNOW. i have no excuse, but at least i've rectified the situation. that rug really tied the room together.
- •get out (2017)all kinds of unsettling but in the best, most thought-provoking way. the whole time i was on edge with looming tension and the last twenty minutes: holy shit! very much worth seeing.
- •joy (2015)i've done a u-turn from adoring jennifer lawrence to finding her a little insufferable so i'd kind of avoided watching this. that said- it's kind of great? totally bizarre but i really bought into her character. it also made me sad that de niro insists on staring in total shit when he still has the ability to put in a good performance.
- •into the woods (2014)SONDHEIM KLAXON. it's so weird to me how famous james corden is now, particularly as a british person for whom he'll always be smithy from 'gavin & stacey'. anyway- this was fun. a neat saturday evening watch.
- •life (2017)this just really reiterated my belief that we should stay away from space at all costs. when jake read 'goodnight moon', i'm pretty sure i let out a gasp of satisfaction heard by all within a seven mile radius.