Running at a lean and mean 82-minutes, The Strange Ones is a thriller that journeys into a dark, seemingly unforgivable space and leaves us there to find our way back into the light. Some moviegoers may turn the other direction at abstract storytelling, but I was hooked from the get go.
It’s week three of my “A Movie A Day” quest, and there’s two movies I can highly recommend as well as briefly discuss a flick that was a surprise disappointment (hint: it deals with a super pig!). More below, as well as a set up to my set-up!! Pardon the pun as you soon will see . . .
Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!
Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is revered for his prodigious contributions to neorealism, as Shoeshine, Umberto D, and Bicycle Thieves have made their respective marks in cinema. A digital restoration of Il Boom, a 1963 comedy drama that has never before been released, is now playing at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills (July 21-27). Details on the film is featured after the jump!
In Burnt Norton, T.S. Eliot reflects that “time present and time past” also resides in “time future.” With her evocative and refreshingly subtle feature Those Left Behind, director Maria Finitzo weaves the story of a family where time is as still as the tranquil surroundings of their lake house.
One of my biggest “jobs” of 2016, along with watching 1,000 movies by year’s end, is growing CinemAddicts, a new show that I’ve started with Anderson Cowan. Our first episode, which debuted this week on Soundcloud, features reviews of the new films The Revenant, Anomalisa, and The Abandoned (opening January 8 in select theaters and on VOD.