How do we deal with anything we fear? That’s right, we put a woman in charge. Just kidding… men can be good with fear too, at times 🙂 I apologize! This is no playground for my silly biases, it’s a place that dispenses information on a very important topic—what you’ll watch this coming week.
Getting back to the point—how do we deal with something we fear? That’s the primary question ARRIVAL asks you. Thanks to Amy Adams, it’s not the cerebral bore that it could have easily become. Finally a role that puts her up front and center! So tired of seeing women relegated to supporting roles. Anyhow, Louise is a professor and a leading expert in the field of linguistics, going about her life like the rest of us, when suddenly, huge pods appear out of the sky and just sort of hang out in Montana. A confounded military (Forrest Whitaker) requests Louise’s assistance on communicating with said pods. She heads out there along with a physicist (Jeremy Renner), and succeeds. Everything’s peachy—until she encounters a symbol from the pods that could mean war. The score is outstanding, but not as amazing as Adams, who’s clearly Oscar material. Should you go see it? Definitely not, if you’re expecting an alien war action flick. But, if you’re into nuance and complexity interlaced with awesomeness and stunning surprise, do not miss the opportunity to see this on the big screen. Here’s the trailer:
Don’t. Just—don’t. Naomi Watts is underwhelming in this story about a traumatized child psychologist who believes that one of her missing patients is haunting her. The acting is unconvincing, the final plot twist is silly and the lead-up to it is slow. But the real surprise is Ms. Watts and her lackluster performance. Maybe she just needed that paycheck. Here’s the trailer:
Last but not least, a flick about sex and power dynamics from Paul Verhoeven (BASIC INSTINCT). What Michele (Isabelle Huppert) does after she gets raped will stun you. She’s in her early 50’s and has a very full life. In the days following, she begins to get creepy texts, and starts to suspect every man she knows. Huppert is like a machine in this flick. You can call her character a bitch, a heartless Mommy Dearest type, but there’s something so refreshing about someone who knows exactly she wants and makes no excuse for it. Here’s the trailer:
Right! I hope one of these will help you find temporary respite from the fallout of November 8th. Tweet me if there’s anything at all you want to say, and see you at the movies!