June round-up

Another quiet month this month because I spent much of it preparing for a charity fundraiser (which, incidentally, is also why this round-up is later than I’d like) on the plus side, however, we raised nearly £700 for two excellent charities (Macmillan and Winston’s Wish) so I reckon it’s worthwhile.

Anyway, let’s carry on:

80. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006): In which a young man travels through an afterlife reserved for those who have committed suicide in search of his ex. This is not nearly as depressing or heavy as the title and synopsis might suggest; it’s actually rather uplifting and charming. Bonus points for Gogol Bordello.

81. Casting JonBenet (2017): In which a collection of Coloradans ‘audition’ for parts in a fictitious film about the infamous JonBenet Ramsay case. Each person provides their own interesting often personal take on the case. It’s all speculation, but it still makes for interesting viewing and it’s a take on the documentary form that I haven’t seen before.

82. Michael Lost and Found [Short] (2017): In which Benjie Nycum visits his ex-partner, gay activist Michael Glatze several years after Michael left to become a Christian pastor, denouncing homosexuality. This is a follow-up to 2015’s I am Michael which I didn’t see yet, so maybe I lack some context. It’s an intimate short, but subdued and a little uncomfortable at times. It’s nice to see Benjie get his closure, though, and gain a perspective on how a mind can change so fully and so abruptly.

83. Hello, My Name is Doris (2015): In which a grieving woman, Doris, falls for a much younger man. While not a masterpiece by any stretch, this is enjoyable and feel-good. Doris herself is a fascinating character: adorable, brave, a bit creepy, yet somehow relatable. It’s a coming of age tale about an older woman, and I love that.

84. Liebe Mich! or Love Me! (2014): In which a wannabe graphic designer trades her flat for a new laptop. The protagonist gives a whole new meaning to irresponsible, and I would like this film more if she: a. wasn’t so insufferable, b. the film acknowledged what a manipulative a-hole she is and didn’t try to get me to like her or c. she had an actual arc. The actor was pretty good though.

85. Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007): In which an intern engages in a string of romances that disrupt office relationships. Hannah is entertaining, but not the most likeable of characters, but the events of the film are wholly believable, if purposeless). It’s an okay movie, but far from the pinnacle of the mumblecore ‘genre’.

86. The Straight Story (1999): In which an old man rides a lawn-mower from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit his ill brother. David Lynch can do ‘ordinary’; that’s not to say that riding a lawn-mower over state lines is ‘ordinary’, but it’s definitely not a woman in a radiator. The Straight Story is wonderful and poignant (but I must admit, I was distracted when I watched it and will need to give it another viewing to appreciate it fully).

87. Adult Life Skills (2016): In which a woman (the perfect Jodie Whittaker) lives in a shed in her mother’s garden and makes videos with her thumbs. While this could easily have been a shallow, quirky for the sake of it kind of film, it’s handled so well that what we actually get is an honest, sad, and funny British gem.

Film of the Month: Adult Life Skills because it took me by surprise.

*I tend to watch films that I think I will like so rarely will there be a negative review. It’s all subjective. Enjoy whatever you want to enjoy.*