Emotional carnage. Overflowing waste. Broken bones in the supermarket.
Tina Fey’s turn as journalist Kim Baker in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) is both lighthearted and honest. Beginning in Afghanistan in 2002, the back drop of a war torn country contrasts starkly with Fey’s story line as the wearied reporter writing copy for local news in the US, who is given the opportunity to cover Afghanistan as one of the only reporters left both unmarried and without children.
There is something breath-taking about an animated film that imitates real life so well. Anomalisa is subtle, surreal and full of humanity. Directors Duke Johnson and Charlie Kauffman take stop animation to another level with this delicately made love story and drama that fuels our human proclivity for attaching emotions to inanimate objects.
It’s what’s inside that counts.
If this sounds like a cliché, it’s because that’s what it is. But I have news for you reader, clichés are just common things that people say, or events that have happened so often, that they’ve somehow been reduced to a “repetitive or obvious thing” because they are so normal. But it by no means makes them any less true, right? Stay with me, this is going somewhere (I hope).
Love is strange and frivolous in Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopian film The Lobster.
Colin Farrell dons a questionable moustache and Clinton Bear-like belly for a dark but humorous look at what life would be like if single people were as persecuted in real life, as they can feel in society today. In a culture of Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, this film is extremely timely.
Yes to 90’s Hip Hop. Yes to high tops and punk rock bands. And yes to the ingenuity of three “geeks” trying to get out of a home town that crawls with drug deals and shoot outs, and make their way to college alive. But most of all, yes to Dope. No, this isn’t a public service announcement to encourage recreational drug taking (from that sentence you can see how cool I am), but rather it’s praise for Dope, a new witty comedy written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (director of Brown Sugar and The Wood).
Let’s talk about irrationality. Or to be more specific let’s talk about the film Irrational Man; Woody Allen’s most recent entry into the Indie movie world. However with so many big hitters in one film, calling it an indie movie might be a bit of an understatement.
The robots are coming.
Well actually, the robots are already here, and if Honda has anything to do with it, they’ll be doing our washing, driving us places and probably brushing our teeth in the near future. However, that day has not yet come, so we are left only to imagine what life could be like living side by side with artificial intelligence. Enter Ex Machina; a 2015 film that shines an odd light on our ability as humans to empathise with the machines we create.
Nine years ago the Hoover family took a road trip to a beauty pageant and gave us all a front row seat to their shenanigans. No, this was not a half-baked reality TV show, but instead a wonderful mirror image of the American family and what it means to really go through some shit. For those of you that still have no clue what I’m talking about, let me introduce you to the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
The art of dying.”
That’s what comes to mind when I think about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Grammatical errors in the title aside, this whole film felt like a performance art piece, which I suppose it was. In fact all films are right? That phrase sounded more special in my head. Anyway, I digress.