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Cinema Saturday, 12/11/21

What have I been watching lately? Here’s a rundown:

Pig (2021)
Directed by Michael Sarnoski
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin

  • Weird, quiet, stylish film. I liked it.
  • Face blindness means you can watch Hereditary (2018) five times and not recognize Alex Wolff.
  • We now have a contender for “cute truffle pig” if they ever make a Chef Maurice movie.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh

  • I’m late to this party and was in the mood for a good rom-com. I was not disappointed.
  • With so many themes of class and manners, it had strong Jane Austen vibes.
  • Someone should arrest Awkwafina because she stole this movie.

Bad Education (2019)
Directed by Cory Finley
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan

  • How did Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney not win more awards for this?
  • Finley and cinematographer Lyle Vincent make some weird shot selection decisions. There are reasons, I’m sure; I haven’t parsed them.
  • Recognized Alex Wolff this time (but I was expecting him).

Blue Ruin (2013)
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Eve Plumb

  • Saulnier also wrote and directed Green Room (2015), one of my favorites.
  • I appreciate plots that unwind to conclusions that aren’t necessarily good for their characters.
  • Overall well-made and well-acted though it didn’t entirely hit with me.