Starring: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis
Director: Tate Taylor
Synopsis: Ma (Octavia) is a woman living a quiet life in a small town where everybody knows everybody. Without giving away too much of the plot, it is a story of revenge, where the children pay for the sins of their parents. I’m used to seeing Octavia Spencer in bright, positive roles. Ma proves she’s up to doing more serious roles. Juliette Lewis (from From Dusk Til Dawn and Natural Born Killers) is a mom who also works serving drinks at a casino, and yes, she’s still hot.
The Heiresses (2019)
Starring: Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova
Director: Marcelo Martinessi
Synopsis: (lifted from netflix dvd.com) “Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.” This is a very low-key movie, but the acting brings power to it. Chela (Ana) is an exceptional actress and lets you into her head with ease. Good directing. Gives you a chance to see how prisons are operated in other countries. How often do you get close ups of Paraguayan culture? Worth it just for that.
An Ordinary Man (2019)
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar, Peter Serafinowicz, Robert Blythe
Director: Brad Silberling
Synopsis: The General (Kingsley) is a war criminal hiding out by “his people” is served by a maid who eventually realizes who he is. Any movie with acting powerhouse, Ben Kingsley, will be a compelling one, and this one is. It is the study of a brilliant, though evil, man, who at the same time has integrity. These are the kinds of villains I like. Mostly dialogue between he and the maid.
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson, Myrna Cabello, Helen Coxe, Daniel Stewart Sherman
Director: Marc Turtletaub
Synopsis: Agnes (Kelly) is a good wife, mother, housewife, and churchgoer who lives in the suburbs of a big city (NYC?) who realizes how dissatisfied she is with her life around the same time she realizes she is a savant when it comes to putting jigsaw puzzles together. The puzzles are the catalyst for her heros journey. Good support cast, which I regard the rest of the players in this movie as. I enjoyed the premise and how it plays out, but I was a little tired of Kelly’s face up on the screen by the time it ended.
The Lobster (2015) NETFLIX
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Angeliki Papoulia , Léa Seydoux
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Synopsis: David (Farrell) has just been sent to “the resort” (forgot its name) which is a posh place with every refined amenity. The resort’s guests are all single for one reason or another, and all of them are on a 45-day timeline to hook up with a partner or face the consequences, which are being turned into an animal of their choice. The first step to enjoying this deadpan black comedy is to suspend belief and just roll with it. The Lobster is funny in ways and serious in ways that are hard to pick apart at times. Again, throw your preconceived notions out of the window. The Lobster is a brilliant film with a brilliant cast that make this topsy turvy world seem normal. And maybe it is? Director Lanthimos recently hit it big with The Favourite, which was the talk of the town not long ago, which also stars Weisz. Warning: this movie is a little bit surreal and there are a few disturbing depictions of violence.