The Funk In Dysfunctional (Movie Thoughts: We Don’t Belong Here)

We-Dont-Belong-Here-movie-teaser-posterGeez, talk about a depressing film about a depressing family. Peer Pedersen’s ‘We Don’t Belong here’ is about a family that is so messed up and dysfunctional that you will probably go home and hug your own (dysfunctional) family as a result.

Catherine Keener plays the matriarch here and all her kids are messed up, and on drugs (both recreational and prescription) It is exhausting to watch, and I wish there was just a little bit of humour here to lighten the darkness (Maya Rudolph tries to squeeze some, but not nearly enough for anyone to notice)

This is one of Anton Yelchin’s last films and even in this crowded film (too many characters to keep track of) you will notice him and hi sensitivity playing Max, the troubled gay son, though it was just a little disturbing to see his character in a freak accident, as he suffered from something similar in real life. Actually, most performances here are good, particularly Keener, who is subtle and effective in an otherwise showy role.

Ultimately, the film is too much of a downer for me. Don’t see this if you are anywhere near razor blades.

Watch You Like Crazy (Film Thoughts: Dirty Beautiful)

dirtybeauLove will make you crazy, for sure. It’s that thing that will take over you, intoxicate your life, but at the same time you will want it all day, all hour, all minute. You see all of this in all its nasty glory in Tim Bartell’s ‘Dirty Beautiful.’  Ricky Mabe plays David, one of those guys geeks who has never fallen in love, and you can tell in how obsessive compulsive he is with his post it notes that he will apply the same obsessive compulsiveness when he falls in love. And when he meets Kat (Jordan Monaghan) a homeless prostitute and takes her in his apartment you know that the crazy is just starting. And the crazy does commence, in all its beautiful glory. This is the kind of film that will infuriate and exasperate you. You know they are totally wrong for each other and you just want them to just leave each other right there and then. It’s like listening to a friend tell his problems to you and keep on making the same mistake over and over again. In both cases, you just keep quiet, accept their decisions, cross your fingers and hope there won’t be a lot of collateral damage. This is a crazy beautiful film that will make you feel you are alive, in the best and worst sense of that phrase.

Chronicles (Movie Thoughts: Chronically Metropolitan)

Photo Sep 04, 8 54 39 AMI don’t understand the title of this movie but it intrigued me.  Anything that has Mary Louise Parker cannot be bad, right?  But it’s not too bad,  and also not too good. Basically, this is a story about rich people from the Upper East Side, and probably those are also the only people who can relate to the stories here. A young man returns home after leaving his family and friends because same family and friends were shamed by a short story he wrote about them in The New Yorker.

I get it. Films about New Yorkers always interests. I have been on a wistful mood lately, as I face crossroads in my life and think of happier times.  That was only redeeming factor here, as I look at familiar streets and corners in the city where I once lived.

Regarding the film. I really have no interest in these rich privileged people’s problems.

P.S. Still have no clue about the title

The Lady’s In Love With You (Film Thoughts: Lady Macbeth)

f2682c1a30a95dd67c3d32de5c0e56deSet in 1800s countryside of England, ‘Lady Macbeth’ starts out unassuming, but based on the tone, you can sense there is somebody foreboding. There’s horror in the film, and there’ suspense, and in the end there’s a ghost looming.

Florence Pugh is a revelation as Kathrine who is bought as a wife parceled with some land (was she bought with the land, or was the land bought with her?)  But once she is inside the house, you know there is more behind the seemingly innocent lass. She powers through the house and asserts herself. And there’s a whole lot more.

To tell you more would be a betrayal to the film. Needless to say, the film goes on different journeys that will infuriate you.  Some parts of it you will not bear to see. This is the kind of film that will assault your sense. However you will feel about it, I assure you that you will not feel bored. This film is one of my favorites so far this year, and I am positive Pugh will emerge as the name to hear during Awards Season.

Merely Marvelous (Television Thoughts: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime)

Photo Sep 07, 7 23 36 PMIt really seems that this is the new Golden Age of Television, because you really great television anywhere, and I just found a show I will be following and perhaps I will be writing about weekly. Minutes after watching this, I knew it looked and sounded familiar – it has tht familiar feel of an Amy Sherman Palladino  show with a strong female character.

Only In Miami (Movie Thoughts: After The Rain)

img_1037I always say that a relationship will never never work out if the people in it do not want the same thing. In ‘After The Rain’ young married couple’s relationship goes through the ringer  when Diego (played by Nick Puga) wanting to finish his in-the-works novel, goes to Miami Beach before he starts working in Finance, courtesy of his wife’s (Edy Gamen) family connections. Ha hasn’t even been there two days when he meets Vanessa (Kandis Fay) the bartender at the hotel where his staying. One thing leads to another when they start hanging out. And there is sexual tension in the air. And I think you can guess, or can you, what happens next.

I like the low-complexity here of the conflict. At some point, you question yourself what you think how all this would be resolved. Puga and Fay give subtle performance, and they do have chemistry.  don’t know if I really like the ending, to be honest. It felt like the characters took the easy way out. But then, it real life, that happens a lot.

Love Is Everything (Movie Thoughts: Everything Everything)

Sometimes, a film surprises you. In the best possible way. I didn’t see this film because for some reason I thought this had a sci-fi angle but this is exactly the kind of popcorn romantic drama I crave. This is ‘The Boy In The Plastic Bubble’ but more than that this is ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ with all the non-subtleties: She wears all while, he wear all black. There’s even two rooms across from each other, and she even has a nurse.

And even as I acknowledge big holes in the story, I will also be the first person to say that the story, the characters got me hook, line, and sinker.

And it’s all because of the actors who play the lovers – Madeline, as played by Amanda Stenberg and Nick Robinson as Ollie. They are two charming actors who bring a lot of charm to their roles. I always say even the most clíched characters if played by great actors will be believable. I believed. There are details in the end that will make you roll eyes but at that point you will probably too invested with these characters, and you will just go along.

If you are a hopeless romantic, like myself, this will make you remember your first love. Like what Madeline writes in the film: Love  is Everything.