I’ve stolen this idea from Film Comment. The only thing that’s different is that I’m not a known filmmaker giving you a list of the last ten movies I’ve seen.
Always Be My Maybe – There are moments of laughter here but I wonder if the guy doesn’t get off too lightly here. Is that always how it is with romantic comedies? The guy changes just enough and the woman seems to always be giving. I don’t know if it’s a trope of the genre or just this movie. Hey, but the hip-hop band was fun.
Vice – Bale makes Cheney almost charming. What a monumental feat of acting! McKay plays everything down to its most ridiculous bone. But it comes off as some unseemly political adventure. Cheney as some Le Carre character. But really though, Bale.
Wild Bunch – I’d seen this movie a hand full of times when I was younger and somehow I always missed the political nature of it all. This is a western, yes, but it’s so deftly aware of it’s modernness. This notion of the grand old west giving its last breath to the First World War is breathtaking and staggering.
The Lost City Of Z – A beautiful movie. What greens! An odyssey for sure. An old way of pace and lived in feelings of Herzog and Coppola. But you wonder how Fawcett is portrayed here. He doesn’t seem interested in finding hidden things in this movie. He seems more about the smirk and recognition of it all. There’s more Jones in him than Burton. And I wonder if that’s Gray’s subversion of the genre here.
Justice League – DC is thoroughly pinned in at this point in making this movie. They’ll never reach the heights of Marvel. The invention, the insanely laid plains, are something they’ve decided they can’t touch. The days of Nolan are gone. Thinking outside of the box isn’t an option. All they have is brand at this point.
Deadwood – You’ve heard this all before. Like putting on an old pair of socks, holes and all. It’s comfort at its best. Hearst finally gets his and it’s not as satisfying as you’d think. The old dialogue is there and you can’t believe Milch’s acumen at it. It’s good to see those characters again, even if some of them die. It’s just… good.
Midsommar – I cant think of a horror movie that takes place entirely in the daytime. Well, this one does and it’s all about ritual. However twisted and grotesque it may seem you get the feeling that this is a comment about the loss of such in American culture. And the loss is such a heavy burden. This is movie about dealing with depression and suicide. Looking at them through the crazy gaze of hallucinogenics and ancient ritual.
Point Blank – Every shot in this movie is economical and is so carefully constructed and at ease in this tough world of action the camera finds itself in. Such slick peace of meat this movie.
Under The Silverlake – The first hour of this I thought, this is just some geeky inside the business circle jerk. I mean, there’s multiple masturbation references in the first fifteen minutes. And if you’ve lived in LA long enough you’re well aware of the invisible walls around the community of Silverlake. You’re well aware who lives there. Mostly people in the business. But as this jaunty, scraggly thing of a movie snakes around itself again and again it started to speak to me in the weirdest way. There’s something about living in LA and feeling like you’re a nobody and maybe in connecting the dots between the strange synchronicities the city offers from some underworldish tone it vibrates out into its dream geology, that just maybe you could hit the jackpot and decipher the code to this massive complex city. But then that’s just a thing to let go of.
Old Man and the Gun – Everything feels so lived in and comfortable. Like you’ve never seen Redford and Spacek so relaxed and smiling so much. It’s feel good and melancholy at the same time. Seems a lot of filmmakers are lamenting a time well passed in filmmaking. There’s a lot of love letters being sent by some talented people to a bygone era. It’s nice and all, but it’d be great to just move on. This doesn’t have the enormity and awe that Ghost Story did. And that’s probably the point.