What I Will be Watching this Weekend:
I am a strong advocate for movies that feature a female lead. The centralized character, Michelle Monaghan, is a returning U.S. Army medic from a tour in Afghanistan who must transition into her life as a single mother. During this transition period, she struggles with where she is truly needed and where she wants to be. As a predominantly male-focused career venture, military films are severely lacking in the representation of women in the force. This film makes me hopeful that more films will go into production allowing audiences to see the perspectives of our in-service women.
The Skeleton Twins
Perhaps I am slightly biased as a Washington State resident, in regards to this film. Heck, I know I am. The fact that Director Craig Johnson is a native from the city of my alma mater, heightens my interest. One important draw of this film: I actually laughed during the trailer. Some comedies mash all of their comedic highlights into the trailer and have not managed to get a chuckle out of me. After being estranged for 10 years, the relationship between Bill Harder and Kristen Wiig, who play siblings, mends and cracks are filled. There is a noticeable progression as their bond strengthens, but realistically, such a relationship cannot be without minor tribulations. Capturing family dynamics can be a tough undertaking. However, from what I have seen so far, The Skeleton Twins hits all the marks in sharing the awkward and silly moments siblings experience.
Movie I want to see that is too far away:
The Scribbler is an example of an instance in which I would happily go to a theater so the sound surrounding me may complement a slight adrenaline rush induced by the screen. In this movie, a woman with dissociative identity disorder participates in an experiment to annihilate the other personalities. As in many experimental procedures, unforeseen side effects surface. If you have listened to industrial music, this movie visually captures what is heard, a clash between metal and techno. Not only is the general tone of the movie dark, but conceptually as well; mental illness has yet to manifest itself as just that: an illness.
- Hector and the Search for Happiness
- The Maze Runner
- The Scribbler
- The Skeleton Twins
- This is Where I Leave You
- A Walk Among the Tombstones
- The Zero Theorem
Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for September 23:
New on Netflix
- 3 Days to Kill
- Next Year Jerusalem
- One Day
- Silver Linings Playbook