June 2016 in Films
I managed to fit about 3 films a week in this June, not counting re-watches, of which there were many! As always, the list of everything I watched is after the cut, as well as a few films I really loved.
- Love & Friendship
- Gun Fury
- Maggie’s Plan
- The Equalizer
- The Halliday Brand
- The Neon Demon
- The Fits
- Echo Park
- The Great Sioux Massacre
- Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
- The World, The Flesh, And The Devil
Maggie’s Plan, 2016 (dir. Rebecca Miller)
Greta Gerwig has such a wonderful screen presence and this film is second only to Frances Ha for really showcases her range and special quality. It’s also a wonderful screwball comedy of the old school re-marriage variety. Although I found Julianne Moore’s accent a little distracting, she is at The Big Lebowski peak in terms of her comic timing here. Also on fire this year is Ethan Hawke (Hawkesance, anyone?) as the object of both women’s affection. He’s given two of my favorite performances this year. I hope he keeps it up with the up coming Magnificent Seven remake!
The World, The Flesh, And The Devil, 1959 (dir. Randal MacDougall)
I really, really dug this movie. The first 30 or 40 minutes it’s just you and Harry Belafonte, a miner who after being trapped for five days discovers the world blew itself up and he may be the only person alive. Later, two more people join him – a man and a woman, which of course means love triangle! But what could have been really cheesy, was instead an insightful look at humanity, loneliness, racism, and our ability to live on hope.
So that was June. I’ve got some big plans for July in terms of movie watching, so hopefully I’ll get to more than 12 films this month!