What lovely days! Iris charms away its slightness. Out of Sight remains an underrated ’90s classic. I Am Chris Farley fawns, 3 Women unnerves, and The Makioka Sisters is better than the Criterion naysayers would have you believe.
- California Company Town (Lee Anne Schmitt, 2008)
- Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, 1998)
- Nightmare City (Umberto Lenzi, 1980)
- 3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977)
- Fabio Montale: Solea (José Pinheiro, 2002)
- Tie Me Up! Tie me Down! (Pedro Almodóvar, 1989)
- I Am Chris Farley (Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, 2015)
- Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
- Iris (Albert Maysles, 2014)
- The Makioka Sisters (Kon Ichikawa, 1983)
Best in class goes to Mad Max: Fury Road which somehow manages to live up to the hype from Cannes. Improbably spectacular with socially-progressive aims, Miller’s film gets firm traction in the tricky competition of demands that dwell in properly-made genre cinema, then puts the pedal to floor with a mix of adrenaline and high-test gasoline. It might not be progressively perfect and may not be an acceptable Ph.D. thesis in women’s studies, but it’s at least driving in the correct lane (AND GOES REALLY FAST DOING IT).