Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Joss Whedon ★★★
Before Midnight (2013), Richard Linklater ★★★★★ rewatch
One of the best trilogies (right up there with Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors). While Linklater’s Boyhood followed the same actors for 12 years, The Before trilogy does this in 3 films (like his other possible trilogy in progress(?) – Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!). You don’t need to see all 3, or see them in sequence – each stands alone. My first viewing was #2, #1, then #3. This time I saw them in order.
Before Sunset (2004), Richard Linklater ★★★★★ rewatch
Before Sunrise (1995), Richard Linklater ★★★★★ rewatch
The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau ★★★
One reason for recommending this (3 stars, as opposed to two): Bill Murray.
Walkabout (1971), Nicolas Roeg ★★★★★ rewatch
Goodnight Mommy (2014), Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala ★
Retouches (2008), Georges Schwizgebel ★★★★★
Fugue (1998), Georges Schwizgebel ★★★★★
World of Glory (1991), Roy Andersson ★★★★
Thief (1981), Michael Mann ★★★★★ rewatch
Michael Mann’s debut film. Jim Belushi‘s and Robert Prosky’s first film. Dennis Farina’s first film. Better than Heat? Yes. No false props.
Elvis & Nixon (2016), Liza Johnson ★★★★
Movie of the week.
Have caught a few Michael Shannon films in the last few weeks; Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes, Midnight Special. A mainstay of Jeff Nichols’ films (he stars in all 4: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special (he’s also in Loving, which comes out later this year)). Shannon is the reason I liked Elvis & Nixon.
The Natural (1984), Barry Levinson ★★★★★ rewatch