By: Henry J. Fromage –
Just three movies this week, as I just got off an 86.5 hour work week. I… don’t ever want to do that again. Good movies, though.
106. A United Kingdom
This is another very handsome period piece from Belle‘s Amma Asante, but with little of the vivaciousness of that film or Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s performance in it. That being said, it’s still a stately, well-acted biopic about a very publicly influential interracial marriage when such a thing was violently opposed in almost all quarters, and a very interesting slice of post-WWII history as David Oyelowo’s once Prince and future President Seretse Khama of Botswana and Rosamund Pike’s wife and future First Lady Ruth Williams Khama navigate a political world not nearly ready for them.
107. I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore
This Sundance favorite is now a Netflix hit, as Blue Ruin and Green Room‘s Macon Blair steps into the director’s chair for another surprisingly funny, surprisingly violent tale of normal people towards but not really on the fringes of society interacting with a criminal element that’s perhaps even less suited to navigating the sundry world of crime than they are. For anyone who wonders why people can’t just fucking act like fucking people, you’ll find much to wryly enjoy here.
108. Your Name
One of the highest grossing animated films, and just straight films, in Japanese history, this anime smash has hit the States, telling the story of two high school kids who randomly switch bodies overnight- one a Tokyo boy and one a country girl. The comedy and intrigue inherent to this premise is handled deftly, but it’s a surprise second act twist that really barrels the film towards a rousing and bittersweet conclusion that’s going to enthuse most audiences, anime fans or no. With his gorgeous animation and very human character-building, Makoto Shinkai slips his name into the race for Hayao Miyazaki’s animation throne… whenever the King is ready to give it up, of course (he’s un-retiring again!)