Reflecting on the last 10 films I’ve watched, recommendations are given for The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Hell or High Water, Suture, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Melvin and Howard. The most welcome surprise was Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, which threatened to be entirely insufferable by its tooth-aching tweeness. Thankfully, Gondry’s film eventually sinks into a darkness reminiscent of Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (David Lynch, 1995), casting a welcome pall over the cutesy content that precedes it and giving the movie a much-needed edge. Certainly not for everyone, but likely rewarding to a few.
- They Look Like People (Perry Blackshear, 2015)
- Marc Maron: Thinky Pain (Lance Bangs, 2013)
- Mood Indigo (Michel Gondry, 2013)
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Karel Reisz, 1981)
- Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie, 2016)
- Suture (Scott McGehee and David Siegal, 1993)
- Steel and Lace (Ernest D. Farino, 1991)
- Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight, 2016)
- Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980)
- Zeder (Pupi Avati, 1983)
You can find my ongoing film diary at Letterboxd under my profile, “rjtougas.” Rejoice in my errant impressions!