On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we cover a slew of first rate features that are worth checking out (including Cloverand The Platform), but the highlight of the past week was discovering the acclaimed feature Bacaiau.
A Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Bacurau centers on the members of a village who come together after the passing of its matriarch. Directed by Juliao Dornelles and Kleber Mendonca Filho, the 131 narrative gives us an up close and personal look at how these townspeople survive on a day to day basis.
With no direct access to water (thanks to a government corruption), the townsfolk continue to remain united while living in less than favorable conditions. When a group of trigger happy mercenaries (led by Udo Kier) are hired to eliminate Bacurau off the face of the earth, they refuse to bow down to this intimidating threat.
Kino Lorber is holding virtual screenings across the United States, and for more details on how you can support your local independent theater while also enjoying Bacurau, go KL’s official site.
Take a listen to Episode 114 of CinemAddicts and tell us what you think of Bacurau!!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we spotlight Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a first rate drama penned and directed by Eliza Hittman.
Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) is a pregnant teenager in rural Pennsylvania who decides to travel with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to New York City. Getting an abortion without the parents knowing and traveling in an unknown city, especially for a youth is a scary prospect, and Hittman effectively captures Autumn’s stress inducing journey. The feature, which co-stars Ryan Eggold as Autumn’s detached father, won the Neorealism award at the Sundance Film Festival and took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. The feature hits theaters March 13.
Other films covered on the latest episode include the Annette Bening drama Hope Gap and the action thriller Final Kill. Take a listen below!
If you’re in the mood for a twist driven thriller that also has a bit of emotional resonance, Come To Daddy fits the bill.Elijah Wooddelivers a first rate performance as Norval, a guy who reunites with his estranged father (Stephen McHattie). Their meeting,however, is not filled with love or the slightest of affection, and Norval wonders why his dad extended an invite via an emotional letter.
The first section of the film is a two hander, as we delve into the motivations of both father and son. Director Ant Timpson, working from Toby Harvard’s script, turns the movie on its head by the second act, turning the picture into a suspense thriller that exceeds expectations. Other films covered on the latest episode include Birds of Prey, Downhill, and the new Billy Crystal film Standing Up, Falling Down.
December movies are usually relegated to holiday themed films (especially if they are on Netflix) or Oscar awards level type of narratives. But if you’re looking for an escapist horror feature, Black Christmas may do the trick.
Since its part of the Blumhouse Productions roster, Black Christmas has a shot of making a lasting impression,. A remake of the 1974 slasher flick, Black Christmas centers on a black-masked stalker who is killing sorority women at Hawthorne college. Directed by Sophia Takai (Always Shine), the feature is headlined by Imogen Poots (Green Room) as the sorority sister who suspects that this killer may actually be a series of murderers. Rounding out the ensemble are Lily Donoghue (Jane the Virgin), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed) and Brittany O’ Grady (The Messengers), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). Black Christmas opens nationwide December 13.
Other films discussed in the latest episode of CinemAddicts include Seberg and Uncut Gems. Take a listen below!
The Irishmancenters on the life of hit man Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a member of the Bufalino crime family who also became a close friend of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Directed by Martin Scorsese, the feature is a shoo-in for a slew of Oscars this season, and even with his recent comments on comic book movies, this may be Scorsese’s year. Now playing in select theaters, The Irishman is set for a November 27th debut on Netflix.
Another film we highly recommend on is Danger Close, the true story of 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who engaged in The Battle of Long Tan. The Vietnam War feature, starring Luke Bracey, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Webber, is ably directed by filmmaker Kriv Stenders. Danger Close is now playing in theaters and is also available on Digital and On Demand.
The Current War: Director’s Cutcenters on the race to gain a monopoly on the electricity business, a battle waged between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Tom Holland co-stars as future business magnate Samuel Insull and Nicholas Hoult rounds out the ensemble as Nikola Tesla.
There was a battle behind the scenes of The Current War: Director’s Cut as well, as filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s feature debuted two years ago at the Toronto Film Festival and received mixed reviews. That version featured a heavy editing hand from Harvey Weinstein, but since then the film is being released by 101 Studios and Gomez-Rejon has added five new scenes to the film and has supposedly given the film a faster pace.
One reason Gomez-Rejon’s cut may be worth a look is that his previous film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a highly underrated film, and one would assume The Current War: Director’s Cut will have its share of highlights. Other films spotlighted on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Cyrano, My Love and Frankie, a feature headlined by Isabelle Huppert. Take a listen to the episode below:
The Current War: Director’s Cut hits theaters October 25.