Most of the music I’ve been listening to have been instrumentals and movie soundtracks that I can listen to in the background while I do homework and whatnot. I’ve done about 2 yrs of music posts, so I figured I should change it up and talk about something else I’m interested in – movies!
I currently work at the Mariemont Threatre, so I’ve been able to see a lot of good films in the last couple months for free. Perk of the job!
5. THE TRIP TO SPAIN
I really like all these The Trip movies. There have been three so far (The Trip, The Trip to Italy, and The Trip to Spain), and each one has been hilarious and touching. There are copious impressions and bits stuffed in each film (notable impressions include Roger Moore, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger). Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are clearly trying to impress each other with their comedic chops, and it makes for something really entertaining.
But besides that, this movie delves into deeper themes in a casual, conversational way. Trip to Spain touches on mortality, ageing, relationships, jealousy, and friendship all in one 90 minute timespan. And it never once feels preachy or inauthentic.
It’s also the most Anglo movie of 2017.
This was an unexpected one! It was at the Mariemont Theatre for maybe three weeks, and I watched it on a whim, not really knowing what it was about.
It’s the story of a bereaved orthodox Jewish man who is trying to regain custody (not legal custody, but custody within his community) of his son. Menashe is an imperfect protagonist. He’s rash, disorganized, and, well, he’s basically a failure. But he makes small steps as the movie progresses to get his life together and get his kid back.
It’s a sweet, compassionate movie, and for whatever reason it’s stuck with me the last few months.
mother! is a DEEPLY flawed movie. It’s sexual politics are weird, it’s weighty metaphors are overbearing, and it’s weird as hell. But, look, I liked it! My experience in the theater watching it was unlike any other I had this year. It’s a whirlwind of manic activity that consistently surprises. Aronofsky sets up expectations only to defy them.
I still haven’t parsed through everything this movie attempted to get across (because there was a lot it tried to get across). But, I think it’s safe to say it deserved to be on this list despite my many issues with it.
2. LADY BIRD
I was happy to see Lady Bird picked up a couple Golden Globes. I’ve somehow ended up seeing it three times with my family, by myself, and with friends. I’ve laughed and teared up each time.
And it should be somewhat relatable to any parent or child going through the high school/college transition. I’d recommend it to all y’all.
It also contains one of my FAVORITE performances this year, that of Laurie Metcalf in the role of Lady Bird’s daughter.
1. GOOD TIME
I JUST caught up on this one this past weeked. Me putting this movie #1 on my list may be recency bias, but I don’t care. I really loved this movie. It completely wrecked me. My heart was pounding for its entire 2 hr runtime. And the ending upset me more than anything I listened to, watched, or read this year.
I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since I saw it, and I’ve been continuously listening to the (fantastic) sountrack by Oneohtrix Point Never since I watched.