A bit of a slow week, but at least it was a great week.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Frank is a strange, wonderful film. One of the writers (Jon Ronson) performed with a real-life performer who would wear a papier-mâché mask on stage as a persona. Based on that idea, him and co-writer Peter Straughan wondered what it would be like if he never took the mask off. And so this film was born. The director, who would eventually bring you the great Room, tackles the idea of whether or not somebody’s talent is related to their environment, or if they are are just born with it. While Jon (played by Domhnall Gleeson) soon realizes that Frank had a similar upbringing, Jon has almost none of Frank’s talent. While Frank, and their band Soronprfbs, would like to be loved (as most do), it’s clear they rather be themselves and just perform. That’s enough for them.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Directed by Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright is a genius. I know I may have said something similar when I wrote about The Cornetto Trilogy, but I’m just going to say it again and again anyway. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is based on a graphic novel, but it feels like the ultimate video game film instead. The cast is incredible and I love about 80-85% of them (I like the whole cast, but love most of them). While I feel like Wright’s emotional touches are found less here than in his trilogy, the movie never lacks his sensibilities. This movie is also one that I can watch continuously; I’m sure I can watch it next week and still laugh and smile throughout it’s entire run time.
Sleeping Giant (2016)
Directed by Andrew Cividino
My full review can be found here, but I think it’s wonderfully subtle in the best way possible. The film is asking you to pay attention to the small (and big moments) within this summer.
Directed by Mike Flanagan
What a great fucking premise.
Mike Flanagan, who previously directed Oculus (which I love) and Absentia (which I haven’t seen yet) teams up with Blumhouse (a production company worth knowing about, despite their failures) to make a home invasion film where the victim is a deaf and mute woman. It’s a film where the premise matches the execution and I’m so glad it does. It was terrifying in the best way possible. I was on the edge of my seat, paying attention to the noises that I knew Maddie (Kate Siegel) couldn’t hear. John Gallagher Jr. plays the terrifying Man (his credited name). It’s a joy ride that does not disappoint. It premiered at SXSW in March and was bought by Netflix. It came out this past Friday so do yourself a favor: late at night, turn off your lights, turn the volume up, and watch Hush.
The other reason why? While looking up Mike Flanagan’s filmography, I found out that he has another film coming out this year, Ouija 2. So, guess who’s looking forward to Ouija 2 now.