A wild story that feels almost too good to be true, follows two South African fans in search of the musician, Sixto Rodriquez. An American musician whom never found any success in his home country but was a phenomenon in South Africa, until he faded into obscurity. It is a beautiful documentary by Malik Bendjelloul, who sadly took his own life not long after the release of this movie. It is an emotional and inspiring story worth not knowing anything about before watching. In the end of all this, you will discover the power of music, and the story of an unforgettable connection between an audience and an artist.
Directed by Brett Morgen, this documentary is about the incredible life of Jane Goodall, and the world changing research and work she made in understanding chimpanzees. Jane has a limited theatrical release on October 20th.
Jack O'Connell plays a young new recruit to the British Army, whom is thrown into the middle of a conflict that is going on in Belfast, 1971. Left behind due to several setbacks, this starts the gears turning for what is a nail-bitting thriller, as he has to fight hard to keep himself alive. It is both emotionally authentic and politically conscious, which strikes for the sense of realism, to the point that it almost feels documentarian. The excellent direction from Yann Demange, which harkens back to the Walter Hill classic, "The Warriors", makes him one of the most prominent new voices of the British Cinema.
One of the most exciting filmmakers working today, this Yorgos Lanthimos directed film stars Colin Farell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone. A surgeon's personal family life is distrubed by a young boy's presence, as his menacing intentions are unfolded. The film will be released in the USA, October 20th.
Faces, Places is a documentary from the widely acclaimed and beloved filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist/photographer JR, whom go on a journey across France and form an unlikely friendship. This is to be believed as Agnès Varda's final work as a filmmaker, thus already making it as one of the most important films coming out this year. The US release date is the 6th of October.
As much as you feel like you understand how the mind of David Lynch works, you are still never prepared for the actual experience you are going to get. This is especially true for his 1990 cult classic "Wild at Heart", starring the charismatic Nic Cage and an unforgettable sensual performance from Laura Dern. The interaction between the two, to feel the burning sexual desire for one another, is a joy to watch. David Lynch can create feelings in his works, unlike anything you have experienced. Feel emotions you have never felt. Even if you don't feel connected to the works of his, there is an undeniable quality to them that lingers in one's mind forever to come.
From writer and director Sean Baker, whom made a splash few years ago with his incredible film, "Tangerine", a movie entirely filmed with an IPhone. Now he is back with, "The Florida Project". A vibrant portrait of youth and poverty, all in the backdrop of a motel in Florida. The film premieres in the US, October 6th, 2017.
The 1980s saw an influx of action buddy comedies being made, from Lethal Weapon to 48 Hours. However, the one that I truly believe that still today is so appealing to watch, is the cult classic, "Midnight Run" from Martin Brest. Robert De Niro channeling one of his best comedic performances, playing an angry violent ex-cop whom has to take care of an accountant known as the Duke played by Charles Grodin, whose personality is the total opposite of De Niro. It is the dynamic between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, that makes this cat and mouse chase movie so charming to watch. Right from the start till the very end, you have a big grinning smile while watching Midnight Run.
A Swedish satirical drama in which everyone's lives is thrown into crisis, when an art installation known as "The Square" is introduced. Winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes, the film is directed by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. In theaters October 27th.
The widely acclaimed classic literary work of Emily Brontë, saw multiple adaptations in many different forms throughout the years. Especially both on small and big screens. However, it is in my humble opinion that the definitive adaptation comes from Andrea Arnold's and her 2011 film with the same title. Her version of Wuthering Heights, of course has some changes made so that it is more culturally relevant, which in the end enhances the expirience What really sets it apart from the other iterations, is her abuility to create a fully living, breathing and tangible world of the 19th century South England. You can feel the strong winds blowing up and down the hills. Touch the crusty old paint that is falling off the wall. Sense the heat coming from the crackling fireplace. Andrea Arnold transports the audience to the world both she and Emily Brontë has created to tell the story of love and hardship.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the plot follows a young newly married housewife (Jennifer Lawrence), whose tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple. Major worldwide release is scheduled for September 15h.
One thing Jean-Pierre Melville knew very well was how to create tension and suspense through character and not action. He knew very well that action would do nothing but release that feeling of tension, betraying the effect of keeping the audience on edge. Thus, he would just build up the momentum for a dramatic effect. He does exactly that with this film. Le Samouraï is a masterclass in visual style and minimalistic storytelling. The ever so charming looks of Alain Delon and his stoic, cold and deadpan performance just screams with coolness. The strongest accomplishment with this picture is that, Jean-Pierre Melville showcase his confidence in the material. Without a doubt, a piece of art, that still to this day inspires many.
A sequel to Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail"; this Richard Linklater directed picture takes place decades after we last saw Sal, Doc and Mueller. It is slated for the 3rd of November in USA.
Seijun Suzuki created something so ahead of its time in Japanese cinema, it was widely ignore and disregarded upon its release. However, like any other great film, it stands the test of time. A movie that just oozes with style. A sense of oomph that is missing in many pictures of today. However, it is not all about the style. It has a lot to say about the culture of the Yakuza's, family, loyalty and the colourful people of Japan. A must watch!
A magical look at two stories told in different time periods. The two kids are in search of what they are missing. Every film by Todd Haynes is worth getting excited for. The initial release date for the US, is 20th of October.
Michelangelo Antonioni gave us many films to admire and cherish, films that are considered modern cinema classics. This is all true for his stylish London set film, Blow-Up. A movie designed like a puzzle, you feel like with each viewing you learn something more. Answers to your philosophical questions. But film critic Roger Ebert summarized it best, "What remains is a hypnotic conjuring act, in which a character is awakened briefly from a deep sleep of bored alienation and then drifts away again. This is the arc of the film. Not 'Swinging London.' Not existential mystery. Not the parallels between what Hemmings does with his photos and what Antonioni does with Hemmings. But simply the observations that we are happy when we are doing what we do well, and unhappy seeking pleasure elsewhere. I imagine Antonioni was happy when he was making this film."
A Brooklyn teenager struggling with his self-identity, spirals into trouble as he suffers from the consequences of his actions. Directed by Eliza Hittman and starring newcomer Harris Dickinson. Slatted for a limited release in the US, 25th of August
There are people who come to this world and leave behind them a long-lasting legacy. A legacy that will admired by many from all around the world. Connecting people through their craft and accomplishments. Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain did exactly that. The documentary directed by Brett Morgen, preserves the legacy of the rock icon. But instead of glamorizing his lifestyle, it turns it upside down into an intimate look at a tormented teenager, a striving artist, passionate husband and a loving father. To the point that it feels not like a documentary but a confessional piece through Cobain's own audiotapes, personal diary notes and home videos.
A small intimate tale about the passage of time and the legacy you leave behind. Both poetic and heartbreaking at how life just keeps moving on. Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Currently enjoying a limited release in North America and the U.K.
Where is the line drawn between trying to impersonate the man you admire, or to become that person? Recreate the legacy of the man you love, or to carve your own legacy by killing him? Andrew Dominik expertly crafts this world, it almost feels tangible. The world is filled with these legends and myths. However, the reality always will be that, all these things look grander than what meets the eye. You are sucked into this period of time, when the daily living was a threat to your own survival. Even though, all of it is masterfully crafted in front of Roger Deaken's lenses, you do believe in this world. It is not as much about the machismo and the daily life of the outlaws but rather a melancholic reflection on destiny and regret.