last week’s films…

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

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