Andres’ Film Queue: May 2nd – May 8th

I should slow down a bit, there are way too many things to write about at the end of every week.

Absentia (2011)
Directed by Mike Flanagan

Research for my Film Crew on Flanagan. Had a lower budget then the Flanagan films I was more familiar with, but still effective. Shows his potential as not only a filmmaker, but a great storyteller as well.

Kill List (2011)
Directed by Ben Wheatley

My first Ben Wheatley film and what a place to start. It begins feeling like a typical drama before terrifying you. I love Wheatley’s visceral and sudden deaths. I want to see more of his films.

Speaking of which…

Sightseers (2012)
Directed by Ben Wheatley

In Kill List, he takes a typical hitman genre film and turns it on it’s head in extreme ways. In Sightseers, he does a similar thing to the road trip/adventure genre. He adds death – a lot of it. Another case of visceral, brutal deaths, but this time it makes you laugh. A lot.

I can’t wait to see High-Rise.

Altman (2014)
Directed by Ron Mann

A very fascinating documentary on the legendary director Robert Altman. Altman follows his career from the beginning to the ending, and even though I haven’t seen one of his films, I was still captivated. I need to find a way to watch many of his films now.

The Witch (2016)
Directed by Robert Eggers

Finally. I finally got around to seeing this film again.

I had seen it back in September during TIFF and loved it the day I saw it. Many months, and one rewatch later, I happened to love it more. Caleb’s big scene gave me chills. I sat in my seat not being able to believe that incredible performance. This is going to be a film I’m going to revisit constantly. A new October staple in my collection.

(Also, read Jeffrey’s review if you haven’t).

Dressed to Kill (1980)
Directed by Brian De Palma

Hitchcockian (of course) and voyeuristic (of course) qualities at their finest. Everything I had heard about De Palma’s style over the years was on screen for me to soak in. Not to mention the amount of blood as well.

Also, that train sequence is masterful – a beauty to watch.

Hot Docs:
De Palma (2016)
Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

A documentary about a legendary director that I’m not very well versed in. Sounds familiar. For some reason, this is the week I decided to watch two documentaries about two directors that I’ve only heard wonders about.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo

Holy shit. It delivered.

All hail the Russo brothers, bring us the man that courts death already.

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Directed by Gregory Jacobs

After a third viewing, this may be my second favourite film of last year.

The Walk (2015)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis 

A love letter to the Twin Towers and an artist’s passion. Zemeckis constantly keeps the camera gliding along as the story continues.

Side-note, I have not seen the documentary so I have no real comment regarding if this film was necessary or not, but the film works enough as it is to think that at least it might be.


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