A couple of other gems from 2021 will appear ahead of this month’s new streaming recommendations, along with a pair of captivating personal documentary portraits and an urgent and timely historical narrative.
‘Ride the Eagle’ (2021)
Jake Johnson’s poodle charm gets a leading appearance in the comedy – this warm and winning stand-up comedy – and that’s not surprising, since Johnson co-wrote the screenplay. with director Trent O’Donnell. Johnson plays Leif, a 30-year-old sluggard who was abandoned by his mother (Susan Sarandon) at the age of 12 to join a cult. She dies, leaving him her chalet near Yosemite as part of a “conditional inheritance”, for which he must complete a list of quests in order to put him on the right path. . The humble yet rewarding script matches each actor’s strengths, capitalizing on Sarandon’s unrelenting energy, D’Arcy Carden’s sharp comic timing (as Leif’s ex-girlfriend) and warmth. puzzling JK Simmons (as mom’s ex-boyfriend). There are lessons to be learned, of course, but O’Donnell manages to muster seriousness and sincerity without losing any of the edge or humour.
The title of this YA-tinged “back in time” comedy-drama testifies to its most notable story ancestry, “Dear Dog Day,” which is fairly early, but it has more in common with “” Palm Springs,” another film that combines the gimmick of that time that repeats with the conventions of the boy-meet-girl rom-com. In this case, high school student Mark (Kyle Allen) discovers that his classmate Margaret (Kathryn Newton) is also stuck on the same day over and over again, so they join up. to break the mold or at least, have a good thing. time together while trying. Newton and Allen produce remarkable chemical reactions, while Lev Grossman’s script delves into the complex philosophical questions that make these stories so irresistible.
‘Bergman Island’ (2021)
“I don’t like it when the artists I love behave badly in real life.” So note Chris (Vicky Krieps), a filmmaker, who is married to someone else (Tim Roth); they are on a working holiday on the island of Faro, where their common hero Ingmar Bergman both lives and makes his films. It’s a conundrum of interest to writer and director Mia Hansen-Love, who uses Chris’ journey to ask the constant questions about separating art from artist. But Hansen-Love’s film is also romantic and playful, especially in its second half, when we get to see the deeply personal script Chris is drafting during the trip. Krieps and Roth have the right treatment for their characters and their sensitive dynamics, as the two of them love, excite, and annoy each other, all at the same time.
We have dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic so emotionally and psychologically that we wanted to remove the artwork dealing with it in a way that made sense. But this gripping documentary from director Nanfu Wang reminds us of the appalling tactical and political blunders in the early days of the pandemic and all but begs us to learn from them. they. Working in Wuhan, the original tipping point, Wang collected surveillance videos, secret recordings inside the hospital, news clips and official government footage to mark not only the spread of the virus. virus but also the spread of misinformation around it. Incredibly powerful and often offensive, it’s a nonfiction film that’s set and paced like a white-handed thriller.
‘137 shots’ (2021)
In Cleveland in November 2012, a police car chase of more than 60 people ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds to kill Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were unarmed. Michael Milano’s gripping documentary not only investigates the night in question (through powerful interspersed testimony, CCTV video, and expert witnesses) but also the department’s attempt to cover up its mistakes. theirs as part of a history of racial inequality and patterns.”unreasonable and unnecessary use of force“Of the police. Milano continues to peel away layers of prejudice and corruption before rushing into the near-simultaneous murder of Tamir Rice, which ends up being more of the story he was meant to tell; it becomes less of a documentary about true crime than an in-depth exploration of the spiritual divisions that have divided this country in two.
In one of the most infamous (recorded) incidents of police brutality in the 1960s, known as the Algiers Motel affair, a riot task force comprised of police officers and the National Guard. of Detroit, Michigan, interrogated, tortured, and murdered several Black men during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riots. The screenplay by Kathryn Bigelow — penned by “Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” collaborator Mark Boal — is a hard-to-watch film, detailing the terrifying tactics of those officers down to the last. detail. But it’s rare to see a major Hollywood production (much less than a white filmmaker) willing to address these issues so explicitly.
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‘The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography’ (2017)
Errol Morris’ documentaries tend to delve into serious issues such as crime (“The Blue Thin Line”), politics (“The Fog of War”), and their intersection points (“The Rule of Law”). standard operating procedure”). But he has a softer side, most evident in this concise, humble and endearing biology documentary by his friend and neighbor, photographer Elsa Dorfman. Her medium is an unusual one – oversized, oversized portraits – but her camera captures details that a standard photograph doesn’t. And Morris draws a clear line from her work to his, which always focuses on the small details to tell a bigger story.
‘Presenting Princess Shaw’ (2015)
Samantha Montgomery works as a daily nurse, honing a life of dishonesty for meager wages. But by night, she’s become a superstar – a cappella singer whose YouTube videos are filled with their emotions. On the surface, Ido Haar’s documentary is the story of how this magical yet unknown talent was discovered by Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman, a composer and producer. The show has earned her a well-deserved limelight. But underneath, it’s a film about the undying artistic spirit and how many people dream of being gifted with just one click of a chance to shine.
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