MARCH 4 — Oscars season is finally over and despite all the confusion during the show’s climax, I walked home after watching the whole thing smiling. I really had nothing much to complain about.
Moonlight won Best Picture, to the surprise of many and the delight of a very healthy number of cinephiles, I’m sure.
I still wish Isabelle Huppert had won for Best Actress, but Moonlight’s win made it all feel alright for me, so alright that there really is only one thing to do afterwards — Netflix and chill.
And speaking of Netflix, I’m pretty sure that most fans of the streaming service became one because of their Netflix Original Series like House Of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Daredevil, Narcos, Stranger Things and the like.
What many people might not realise is how good the Netflix Original Movies are as well, and how star studded they can be, a fact that will surely change with the recent premiere of the teaser to Bright, starring Will Smith and directed by David Ayer (of Suicide Squad fame) and the announcement that none other than Martin Scorsese will be making one as well with a dream gangster movie cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci.
And let’s not forget Adam Sandler’s six-picture deal with Netflix, which began with The Ridiculous 6 and continued with The Do Over, with God knows what else waiting in the near future, and Christopher Guest and the gang’s pretty enjoyable lark with Mascots, and one should realise that these Netflix Original Movies can be an interesting dip as well.
Hopefully not lost in the sea of all these star-studded productions are these these new movies I stumbled upon recently:
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
If you’re a fan of Jeremy Saulnier, then the name Macon Blair surely will be a name on your radar for his roles in Blue Ruin, Murder Party and Green Room.
That’s exactly why I decided to take a chance on this little movie that I’ve never heard of before, just because it is Mr Blair’s directing debut, and what a debut it turned out to be.
A black comedy of sorts about a nurse who’s pretty much given up on humanity; she gets an even bigger kick up her backside when she comes home one day to find her home burgled.
Mr Blair’s debut film is a hilariously black hearted look at how terrible people can be. Imagine a blend of God Bless America and Cheap Thrills, with Blue Ruin-era Saulnier at the helm in terms of tone, acting style and staging.
This is a seemingly slight genre movie that will leave quite an impression on you, as evidenced by its surprise Grand Jury Prize win at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is so many things all at once, and it’s real damn good at being every single one of those things. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr Blair!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but superhero movies, maybe even superheroes period, have never really been the UK’s strong point. Sure, Mark Millar is British, but Kick-Ass is still set in New York, not in York, which still makes it more or less American.
iBoy will probably change that perception though for it is a legit superhero origin story, set in a British public housing tower block with characters that can walk into Attack The Block and feel right at home there.
True to the spirit of comic books and comic book movies, the hero here gains his superpowers when bits of a mobile phone are embedded in his head because of a shooting incident, giving him some sort of “online-sense”, a bit like how a radioactive spider gave Spider-Man his “spider-sense.”
I don’t want to spoil the rest of the movie for you, so I guess it’s enough to say that this is a pretty good superhero flick, which even gets the good-guy-anger at the injustice of the world bit even more spot on than most of the Spider-Man movies so far.
There’s something exciting and charming about savouring the work of a young director, and they don’t come any younger than Emily Hagins, who made her feature film debut Pathogen, a zombie movie, when she was just 12 years old.
I only got to know of the bandwagon when she was 17 years old, when she premiered My Sucky Teen Romance in 2011 and truly got on that bandwagon with her fourth film Grow Up, Tony Phillips, made when she was just 19.
Her latest film Coin Heist, about a group of prep school students trying to steal from the US Mint by illegally printing some defective coins in order to raise funds to save their school, is regretfully not the best film in her oeuvre, but then again there are not that many films with the kind of grace and easy charm that Grow Up, Tony Phillips possesses.
What Coin Heist does feel like is an honest, sweet and good humored coming of age teen movie with more than a little bit of that John Hughes spirit going on within it.
* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.