By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week I catch up on some of the most acclaimed films of the year that I originally missed in theaters.
In almost a modern day Raymond Chandler story, Lola Kirke stars as a personal assistant to a star actress who needs to exonerate herself for a murder whose signs all point to her. Aaron Katz weaves jazz melodies and neon nightscapes to achieve a perfect stylistic fit. Two Beers.
118. Sweet Country
Australian Westerns have proven to be a fruitful avenue for genre directors down under, and this one is another soulful, violent, tragic tale about an Aboriginal man who kills a white man in self defense and then flees into the Outback. No good things ensue. Two Beers.
This nasty rape revenge flick and feature debut from Coralie Fargeat has style for days, a relentless performance from star on the rise Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, and brilliant camerawork and design that first suggests rape culture/torture porn then takes a turn for strangely empowering New French Extremity gorehounding. Two Beers.
120. The Strangers: Prey at Night
It starts awful slow and conventionally, but don’t you fear- all that sweet, John Carpenter-referencing 80s synth-scored action taht was promised in the trailer will show up in the final act, and it’s very much worth waiting around for. It’d be nice to see if director Johannes Roberts can sustain that over a full film, although The Other Side of the Door suggests somewhat otherwise. Three Beers.