I’m always looking for new, unusual movies, often having to take the trek downtown to watch the ones that are only playing at a few venues. Here are the films on which I currently have my sights.
Chronicle is one of those films that viewers either loved or hated, according to the reviews at CinemaClock, but gets 84% from Rotten Tomatoes and top grades from NOW magazine. It’s a “found footage” film with a twist. And, for a change, it clocks in at less than 90 minutes.
Coriolanus is a modern version of Shakespeare’s play of the same name, taking place in Britain and Serbia. Sometimes modernizing Shakespeare works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, it’s usually pretty impressive.
Monsieur Lazhar takes place in an elementary school, where an Algerian refugee becomes a substitute teacher in a class where the former teacher has committed suicide. It has the potential to examine cultural norms and stereotypes in an extreme situation. This gets a full 100% from Rotten Tomatoes and full marks from NOW.
As for the Oscars tonight, The Artist is an over-rated film that rests on form rather than substance. That seems to be a common theme in many films this year. Similarly The Descendants is over-rated because anything that George Clooney touches tends to turn to fools gold. I’d put my vote (but not my money) on The Help.
Obscure movies are just so much better…