Dunkirk is not your typical war movie, it’s better
I always found war movies to be a quick cash grab capable of bringing American movie-goers of all ages to their nearest theater. It’s that kind of universally liked movie that can make money, win Oscars, and there is an abundance of war stories to choose from. Don’t get me wrong, there are some impressive war movies out there like Saving Private Ryan and last year’s Hacksaw Ridge. However, I’ve never seen a war story so masterfully done quite like Nolan’s Dunkirk. It transcends its movie qualities to become a cinematic experience constantly playing with your sensory system.
Kumaii Nanjiani’s love story is real in every way possible
After Nicholas Sparks and Adam Sandler, romance and comedy movies were never the same. What was once highly respected genres quickly became parodies of themselves recycling the same old tropes. However, what both person horrifically injected in the genre were a sense of artificiality. The story they were telling were situations that happen only in movies and would never in real life. The Big Sick is the very reaction to this trend. Michael Showalter’s latest comedy brings back a sense of realness and much-needed diversity to both genres even when the product suffers during the third act.
The Planet of the Apes franchise is the best modern blockbuster trilogy
We’re at a time in movie history where trilogies are not the goal that they once were. Sure, we have the new Star Wars, but now it’s mostly about creating a cinematic universe where each entry is different yet still fit within the larger picture. When you hear about movies like Scream 3 or The Last Jedi, you start to see why the switch from trilogies to universes happened. Almost all the third entries are the worst in a franchise. For War for the Planet of the Apes to go back to the roots of trilogies is risky. After two great movies, War is the best of the franchise proving that modern trilogies can be done right.
Netflix’s original movie curse has been broken by a modern day E.T
It was a long time since Netflix made a good original movie. Beasts of No Nation was supposed to start a new era of theater-quality movies you can watch on your own TV or computer and what came next were mediocre films not worth anyone’s time. With Netflix’s Cannes entry finally available to everyone, it revamps once again how we see movies. Okja is daring, stylish and original, a kind of movie that is too risky for blockbusters today.
Julia Ducournau directs a disturbingly delicious feminist cannibal indie film
Barfing, fainting and disgusting are probably the words that people used to describe Raw when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Although some might say it is, for the most parts, it’s not the disgusting gore fest you might have heard of. Not to say that it isn’t all those things but this French horror film works on a much deeper level. Raw challenges society’s views of female sexuality and fills its story with rich symbolism all while eating raw flesh.
Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas deliver something you haven’t seen before
Another ghost story is not something the cinema world is in need of right now. The Paranormal Activity franchise has killed the genre, put it in a coffin and nailed the door shut forever burying it six feet under the ground. For director Olivier Assayas to dig it back up, there needs to be a fresh idea there. Not only is Personal Shopper a bright idea, its plethora of genres makes this a unique experience.
A zookeeper’s sad and empowering story is brought to screen with a terrific performance by Jessica Chastain
World War II, a difficult subject for most yet a story Hollywood always continues to tell. Not to say that reminding people of history is bad; indeed we must be remembered in order to not duplicate this horrific and terrible tragedy. There are plenty of untold stories to be told from many points of view. Hollywood has continually told Holocaust stories from a man’s point of view. The Zookeeper’s Wife is here to show us this terrible tragedy once more but this time with a fresh new twist – a heroic woman’s point of view.