The cinematic world is in a desert of the surreal right now. You know… the strike(s)…? It’s impacting really everything in Hollywood right now. My hope(?!?) is that Hollywood crashes, and the Indie film exceptions allow for some really fantastic films from the more unknown echelons of the film community make it out and get way more visibility than they would have otherwise. But so far? It’s just been one big car crash up and down the entirety of the stack. So, we shall see.
2023.09.18 PAST LIVES
I don’t know anything about this movie. . . but it doesn’t matter. Because A24 is behind it. And therefore? It must be worth checking out. “Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.” Sort of sounds like Columbus? Or maybe, Before Sunrise? I’m intrigued.
“Pablo Larraín’s new film is a satire that portrays a universe in which Augusto Pinochet, a 250-year-old vampire who, tired of being remembered as a thief, decides to die.” This is going to be a complicated political science thriller, horror film with tons and tons of commentary on the horrific reign of Pinochet. Should be interesting.
You already know if A Haunting in Venice is going to be your particular dish or not. The IP crafted from Agatha Christie’s novels with Kenneth Branagh as the famed detective Hercule Poirot is now immortal. (If you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and now A Haunting in Venice.) This movie is based on Christie’s book of the same name set in post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve. Retired and living in exile, Poirot only reluctantly attends a séance where one of the guests is murdered. Because, of course, they are.
Previously on Spotlight Worth Mentioning: BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES – Indie hilarity perfectly executed TELEMARKETERS – gritty HBO detective take down of “non-profit” telemarketers LOLA – Super Indie, “time travel” film during World War 2, must see! THE BEAR S2 – such an epically great show… can’t recommend enough APORIA – time travel (?) movie with a moral backbone, enjoyed! TALK TO ME – an A24 Brilliant Horror flick. So good.
Coming Soon – Watch List: 2023.09.23 THE MACHINE 2023.09.23 NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU 2023.09.23 DUMB MONEY 2023.09.23 THE CREATOR 2023.09.26 SAVIOR COMPLEX 2023.09.28 TOTALLY KILLER 2023.09.29 REPTILE 2023.09.?? FINGERNAILS 2023.10.06 REPTILE 2023.10.10 DREAM SCENARIO 2023.10.12 THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER 2023.10.13 FAIR PLAY 2023.10.27 PAIN HUSTLERS 2023.10.27 PRISCILLA 2023.10.27 THE KILLER 2023.11.01 WINGWOMEN 2023.11.02 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE 2023.11.22 MAESTRO 2023.11.22 SQUID GAME: THE CHALLENGE 2023.11.23 NANNY 2023.12.08 EILEEN (Sometimes I think about dying) 2023.12.22 REBEL MOON 2023.?.? THE OLD GUARD 2 2023.?.? TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGHT COUNTRY 2024.01.24 THE END WE START FROM 2024.01.?? 3 BODY PROBLEM 2024.3.14 DUNE: PART TWO Unknown SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING Unknown POOR THINGS (Yorgos Lanthimos) Unknown THE ZONE OF INTEREST Unknown KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Unknown YELLOWSTONE (End of season 5??)
There you have it. If you’d like to read more of our THiNC. Spotlight recommendations, you can do that right here.