It’s great seeing Anderson Cowan once a month, and though we both agree January is the dumping ground for bad movies, flicks like Molly’s Game, Blame, and American Folk stand out like the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I’m keeping the recap short and sweet, but more importantly details on the films below!
Molly’s Game (review starts at 22:32) marks Aaron Sorkin’s feature directing debut and he already seems like a total pro. The crackerjack dialogue is in good hands with Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a competitive skier whose injury leads her to Los Angeles where she becomes the organizer of a high stakes poker game. All that money and power leads Bloom in a very precarious position, and Idris Elba plays the lawyer who’s attempting to give her a fair shake with the justice system. Anderson and I both loved the movie, and our review is featured on the show.
I am absolutely obsessed with director/writer/producer/editor/actress Quinn Shephard’s Blame (review starts 42:17), the story of a high school junior named Abigail (Shephard) who bonds with a substitute teacher (Chris Messina). Hounded by a troubled cheerleader named Melissa (a scene stealing Nadia Alexander), Abigail finds comfort in her teacher’s encouragement as they help organize a school reading of The Crucible. I extol the cinematic virtues of the film in my review, and hopefully Anderson gets to see this flick as well. If you’re into indie filmmaking that’s filled with solid performances and an incisive, often unpredictable narrative, Blame should be your cup of tea. The movie opens January 5, and here’s a little more release info:
I also loved American Folk, an indie about two folk musicians (Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth) who drive a van from Los Angeles to New York immediately after the 9/11 attacks (their plane is grounded at LAX). Both musicians by heart, Purdy and Rubarth both have chemistry and are more than capable actors. I really loved the film’s music, but credit goes to writer/director David Heinz for not musing a bunch of songs as a narrative crutch. It’s an excellent film that I wouldn’t mind watching again, and it hits theaters January 26.
The show also features some personal stuff, as Anderson gives us a state of the state on Groupers and I explain the continuing failure of my “A Movie A Day Quest.” Plus, I give Anderson a special Dunkirk gift at the end of the episode!!