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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Everyone else seems to be doing this, so...

My 10 favourite new movies so far this year
(in no particular order)
(and with trailers linked)
(what'd I miss? tell me!)

Frantz
French soldier comes to small German town shortly after WW1, looks up family of dead German soldier, claims to be his friend from before the war come to pay his respects. Things get tense from there on as people start lying and telling truths. Beautiful period piece.

Get Out
Believe the hype, this deserves all the praise it's got and more. Dark comedy set within a horror movie made up of everyday racism. Peele gleefully feeds us drops of poisoned sweet tea until we're out of excuses for how we didn't see the monster all along.

Catfight
Two women, old college friends, meet up 25 years later and realise that they're unhappy with how their lives have turned out... and take it out on each other. Very brutally so. The red-vs-blue satire isn't exactly subtle, but it's really about Anne Heche and Sandra Oh physically beating the crap out of each other for 90 minutes. Why should a movie need more than that?

Colossal
It's an indie drama where Anne Hathaway moves back to a small town to cope with depression and alcoholism and an abusive childhood sweetheart. At the same time it's also a kaiju movie about a giant lizard creature stomping Seoul. Maybe not quite the best movie I've seen all year, but probably the one that made me go "What a great idea!" the most times. The director also made the brilliant Timecrimes a few years ago which may be the cleverest time-travel movie I know.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2
Popcorn. It's good for you.

Sami Blood
Best Swedish movie I've seen in years, and large chunks of it are not even in Swedish but in Sami - specifically a dialect spoken today by less than 500 indigenous people in the north of Sweden. Young native girl in the 1930s gets sent off to school to be taught to be a Real Swede, except of course she never can be since she's of an Inferior Race. So when she wants to go down south to study at a real university, she's forced to choose which identity she wants to pretend she never had for the next 60 years. Hard-hitting, beautiful, and no less relevant in an age where our politicians are seriously arguing that you can't be, say, Jewish or Sami (or god forbid, muslim) and still claim to be Swedish.

The Love Witch
Wicked young witch has made up her mind to find a man, no matter what the cost to her or them. Mostly them. 70s technicolor freakout filtered through 10s ideas of sex and gender and having WAY too much fun with both.

Death Race 2050
Of course Roger Corman gets to remake this in 2017. And of course the bad guy is blatantly based on Donald Trump. And of course it gets both bloody and hilarious. Great race. HUGE race. Make America never brake again!

Paterson
A bus driver in a small New Jersey town goes to work, writes poetry, walks the dog, is in love with a quirky girl. Everything tells us something is going to happen, something must shatter this working-class idyll... As if contentedness were the most provocative theme imaginable in 2017. Between this and Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch is really on a roll lately.

The Girl With All The Gifts
Post-zombie apocalypse, a small team of soldiers and scientists try to figure out a cure to the epidemic with the help of a young infected girl who's learned how to play nice with humans... maybe. Yes, this owes a lot to I Am Legend (the novel), Day of the Dead and 28 Days Later, but those aren't bad influences and it's put together into something entirely itself.

(Worst: 47 Meters Down, The Belko Experiment, Below Her Mouth)

Date: 2017-07-10 05:30 pm (UTC)
elisi: (Grrl power)
From: [personal profile] elisi
I have seen literally one film at the cinema so far. But since it was Wonder Woman, I'm quite happy. :)

Date: 2017-07-10 07:03 pm (UTC)
elisi: (Grrl power)
From: [personal profile] elisi
WW is what superhero stories OUGHT to be.

<3

Date: 2017-07-11 12:34 am (UTC)
killerweasel: (zombieapocalypse by toocute)
From: [personal profile] killerweasel
The Girl With All the Gifts is also a pretty good book and there are a few interesting things in the novel that didn't make it into the movie. I liked the movie and the changes they made (the girl in the book was white and blonde). Plus they based it off of a type of real-life zombification done by fungus, so that was cool.

Date: 2017-07-11 02:33 pm (UTC)
killerweasel: (aaaaaaaaah by killerweasel)
From: [personal profile] killerweasel
I didn't know there was a sequel! I'll have to put that on order. :D

Date: 2017-07-11 01:58 am (UTC)
rahirah: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rahirah
I liked the book version of The Girl With All the Gifts, though it skeeved me out because I have a fungus phobia. Gah...

Date: 2017-07-12 10:10 pm (UTC)
local_max: (Default)
From: [personal profile] local_max
I've only seen Guardians 2, alas. (I thought it was "not as good as the first one," but then, why should I expect otherwise? Kurt Russel as ego-god, yes. That's worth seeing.)

I've seen Wonder Woman as well. I'm not so sold on it, so, take that for what you will!
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