Here’s 4 more films worth catching in the next 3 months.
The Witch, releases Feb 2016: A settler family in the early 17th century America believes it is under attack from witchcraft and black magic.
This was one of the breakout films of the Sundance Film Festival last year, apparently a genuinely frightening film that relies on atmosphere and suspense rather than monsters or gore. This falls into the very narrow category of horror that I watch, like The Others (2001) and The Orphanage (2007). Since 2013, we seem to be getting 2-3 of these high quality blood chillers each year – The Conjuring, It Follows, The Babadook, Berberian Sound Studio and Bone Tomahawk. This is production designer Robert Eggers’ directing debut and his ensemble of new faces are a perfect fit for the bleak New England landscape.
Green Room, releases April 2016: A murder takes place during a punk rock concert, leaving the band trapped in the secluded venue.
A bit unusual for me to be highlighting two horror films in the same year, let alone in the same post! Interestingly, both films are released by up-and-coming specialty distributor A24; I’ve really liked some of the recent films they’ve picked up like The Rover, Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, The Spectacular Now and Locke. The cast includes Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart.
Hail, Caesar!, releases Feb 2016: A fixer is called in the solve the kidnapping of a famous actor in 1950’s Hollywood.
This is my most anticipated film of the first quarter. I am excited about the Coen brothers’ return to high-concept comedy in the vein of Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Are Thou?. All of them featured George Clooney and clearly this combination works very well. The trailer for the film has been around for a while, but they’ve just released a new one that features a ridiculous exchange between Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich; it’s hilarious if you like that sort of thing. Ralph Fiennes has a wonderful knack for comedy as he so ably illustrated in The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. Josh Brolin plays the studio fixer who has to find missing studio star played by Clooney. Also in the film are Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill and Scarlet Johansson in a mermaid suit. ‘Nuff said!
Sing Street, releases in the UK in April 2016: A young Dublin boy starts a band and moves to London in the 1980s.
Irish writer-director John Carney is back telling stories about musicians; Once (2007) scored some rave reviews and won an Oscar for Best Song; Begin Again was one of the best feel-good movies of 2014, also Oscar nominated for Best Song. In Sing Street, Carney takes us to the 80’s for a coming-of-age story of an Irish kid who forms a band to escape troubles at home and impress a girl. I’m expecting something feel-good and nostalgic like Pride (2014) which was set during the same period. The trailer promises music from The Cure, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and A-ha, which is another good reason to watch it.