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Sorry to Bother You
Writer/Director: Boots Riley
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yuen, and Armie Hammer
It’s best to go into Sorry to Bother You as cold as possible, but if you need to know the brief synopsis, it follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a young black man who discovers he’s a wiz at telemarketing when he puts on his “white voice”, but as he starts becoming more successful, he begins to compromise his values. But that’s just the basic premise of Boots Riley’s scathing satire on race, capitalism, art, masculinity, and commerce. It’s not a film that works 100% of the time, but its ambition is undeniable and the film is at turns hilarious, damning, and completely bonkers.
Crawl is a blast. Alexandre Aja‘s gator movie runs less than 90 minutes, and it seems that the pitch was, “What if the kitchen scene from Jurassic Park, but it’s the entire movie?” And reader, that’s a genius pitch that pays off perfectly. The story follows college athlete swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) to the house of her estranged father (Barry Pepper) to check on him during a Category 5 hurricane in Florida. She finds her dad unconscious and attempts to rescue him only to be trapped in the house’s crawlspace by gators. The rest of the movie is basically two characters trying to figure out how to survive and escape the hungry predators while the waters rise and threaten to drown them. It’s a tense, fun experience with masterful compositions and framing by Aja.
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Lee Hall
Cast: Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Jamie Bell, and Bryce Dallas Howard
If you saw Bohemian Rhapsody, you owe it to yourself to see Rocketman, a far superior version of that kind of “music biopic” movie. Unlike the Queen biopic, Rocketman is a warts-and-all look at the early life and career of Elton John, cutting no corners when it comes to his issues with substance abuse and his family. It’s also a full-on musical that gets wonderfully inventive with how it presents John’s iconic discography, and Taron Egerton gives a truly Oscar-worthy performance as a music legend. This one is genuinely great.
The Dark Knight
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine
One of the best superhero movies ever made, full-stop, The Dark Knight is a masterpiece. Christopher Nolan successfully introduced the world to the idea of a “gritty reboot” with Batman Begins, but for the follow-up, he crafted an epic, surprising, and downright thrilling story of escalation. Heath Ledger’s take on The Joker is iconic, offering up an enigmatic villain who consistently throws Christian Bale’s Batman for a loop. Then you have Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent, as The Dark Knight crafts a meaty, fulfilling, and heartbreaking arc for this Bruce Wayne foil. On top of all of that, Nolan is essentially making a film about the post-9/11 world—one in which fighting “the bad guys” only leads to bigger and more severe devastation. How do you confront an enemy that just wants to watch the world burn? There’s a reason The Dark Knight has lingered in the public consciousness for a decade, and it still holds up as the best of the best in the face of the bevvy of superhero movies that soon followed.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Micah Fitzermen-Blue and Noah Harpster
Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni
America’s dad plays America’s other dad in this acclaimed biopic from Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller. Tom Hanks stars as beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers in a feel-good drama about the friendship between the unfailingly inspiring and optimistic Mr Rogers and the jaded journalist (Matthew Rhys) sent to profile him. Hanks earned an Oscar nomination for his role, and while the film never quite taps into the emotional richness of 2018’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? it’s a lovely, touching tribute to the man who helped raise generations of children to be kinder, more compassionate people.
Director: Mike Nichols
Writers: Buck Henry and Calder Willingham
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross
Arguably one of the best movies ever made, Mike Nichols’ coming-of-age dramedy is a child of Hollywood’s Second Golden Age, but it continues to resonate with every generation. The film follows Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent graduate who doesn’t seem to have any friends and whose parents view him more as a fashion accessory than a person. Languishing in this personal malaise and anxiety about his future, he begins an affair with Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a married woman who’s friends with his parents. This minor act of personal rebellion further complicates Benjamin’s life when he starts to fall for Mrs Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross). What makes The Graduate such a beautiful, funny, and painful film is how it understands our constant search to give our lives meaning and how that meaning may be constantly out of reach even when we think we’ve got things figured. Nichols’ and his cast deftly find the humour and pathos in Benjamin’s odyssey that’s just as relevant today as it was in 1967.
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Writers: Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han
Cast: Sang Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeon Jeong, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, and Chang Haye Jin
The latest movie from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. Parasite revolves around a family of squatters that discover a wealthy family they can con their way into by passing themselves off as knowledgeable employees. To say any more would ruin the many twists and turns the films take as Bong dances a high-wire act of tones and genres yet never once loses his balance. The film is a wonder to behold as it incisively looks at income inequality and class differences. Bong has never shied away from complex social issues before (his previous films include Snowpiercer and Okja), but he’s never been more incisive and cutting than with this delectable satire. The film picked up four Oscars including Best Picture, so you’ve run out of excuses for avoiding this one.
Support the Girls
Director/Writer: Andrew Bujalski
Cast: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, James LeGros, and AJ Michalka
Andrew Bujalski‘s terrific 2018 movie follows a day-in-the-life of Lisa Conroy (Regina Hall), a hardworking manager of a Hooters-like sports bar trying to get her staff the support they deserve despite all the indignities they have to face just being women in the modern world. The film is deeply empathetic towards its characters and people in the service industry in general but handles its themes with a light touch so that the subject matter never comes off as preachy. Instead, Bujalski expertly taps into the emotional wavelength of these characters, turning them from subjects in a story about working-class women into flesh-and-blood people that you deeply care about. Support the Girls is a funny and movie indie you won’t soon forget.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Writer/Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
Were it not for the cultural powerhouse that is Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire would have certainly been the international film darling of 2019. And for good reason, Céline Sciamma‘s entrancing love story is a spectacular and transfixing drama that sweeps you up in a subtle, seductive affair with quiet ferocity and leaves you consumed by subtle secret glances and whispered confessions. It is a lovely movie; poetically scripted and sumptuously shot, transporting you entirely to its brief, beautiful world apart on a wind-swept island where two women might find a moment of true love in an era that demands it is kept a secret, and thus, ever more delicious.
Fighting with My Family
Writer/Director: Stephen Merchant
Cast: Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, Lena Heady, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Lowden, Olivia Bernstone
Florence Pugh had a hell of a year in 2019, culminating in an Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing work in Little Women. But before the awards tour, and before the horrors of Midsommar, Pugh kicked the year off strong with the absolutely delightful wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family. Written and directed by Extras and Life’s Too Short co-creator Stephen Merchant, the film is inspired by the life of real-world wrestling star Paige and chronicles how she was raised in a family of wrestling fanatics and went from smalltown gigs with the fam to dominating the ring on an international stage.
You don’t have to be into wrestling to dig the heck out of this movie (I’ve never seen a full match and I loved it — so did my mom and pretty much everyone else I’ve talked to for that matter), though you might find yourself inclined to watch some once its over, Fighting with My Family is just a classic feel-good sports movie with a heck of a lot of charm and a knockout ensemble cast that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself and Vince Vaughn giving his most charismatic performance in ages.