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