by Erika Bromley
Like most people of today’s era (era), we at F This Movie! have a million plates in the air at all times. The past few weeks, Patrick had about 4,000 things to do: doctor appointments and classes to teach and kids to care for and things to plan (and then we had a vacation in Austin!) and… you get it. And you may relate. On July 15th, we hosted our first live podcast recording ever in honor of our 500th episode! (For more on that, listen to the podcast and check out #FThisMovie500 on social media. Lots of pictures from our sold-out Back to the Future screening!) For the first time ever, I had much less to do these few weeks, so I hijacked his “I Stream, You Stream” column.
Midsommar after seeing it opening weekend and more recently while reading Jan’s thoughtful essay, and anything even slightly related to or mentioning any type of cult is catching my eye more than usual. Under the Silver Lake is on Amazon Prime Video, so if you haven’t caught up with David Robert Mitchell’s 2018 pop-culture filled, sun-soaked film noir, this is the perfect time to do it. I was underwhelmed when I saw it but also very intrigued; I feel like another viewing might open my mind and make the story come together in a more cohesive way for me. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
Stir of Echoes when I saw it in theaters in 1999 and then again when it came out on DVD, but I haven’t watched it since then. I think I’m way overdue for a watch, and I’m curious to see if I will still love this Chicago-set film (based on the book A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson) adapted for the screen and directed by David Koepp. I remember reading about local teenager Jennifer Morrison who grew up in the Chicago suburbs and had graduated from a high school one town over from mine; she plays Samantha in the film, and even though I didn’t know her, I was so incredibly excited for her career taking off. I am a sucker for anything filmed in Chicago, I love Kevin Bacon, and I’m always interested in new horror, so I was excited about Stir of Echoes and again, it really delivered for me back then. This started my movie crush on Kathryn Erbe, too, whom I knew from her work with the Steppenwolf Theater Company. I could grab the disc from my shelves, but quickly starting it on Hulu right now means I don’t have to leave the couch. (Watch on Hulu)
Draft Day?” contest? Not likely. But will it rise to Gotti status? Maybe. Is it worth checking out just to form my own opinion AND to prep for Travolta’s forthcoming release, The Fanatic (opens 8/30)? Definitely. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
Hi Erika! I saw Trading Paint on VOD and talked to Patrick about it on an episode (but I can't remember which one). It's charming(?) and has a good end credits song. Of the Travolta VOD catalog, this is among my favorites. It's no Draft Day though. As for Gotti, that movie is so misguided it becomes exquisite. Trading Paint is kind of if a Cars movie starred John Travolta and had a 50 dollar budget. The Fanatic looks incredible btw.ReplyDelete
I only write with you in mind, Riske!! (Can we see THE FANATIC together?)ReplyDelete
Me, you and Patrick should do a Travolta VOD triple feature of Speed Kills, Trading Paint and The Fanatic.Delete
I love these picks, none of which I have seen, because I too love any movie that involves cults and the idea of Michael Madsen and Shania Twain in the same movie makes my heart skip several beats. How will I handle the hotness? Also thanks for reminding me that I have to watch Stir of Echoes, a movie that's been on my "to-see" list for years.ReplyDelete
I really loved Under the Silver Lake. I was glad to see David Robert Mitchell’s next film, since I was very impressed with It Follows. I love with the way he fuses a Hitchcock thriller with a Lynch fever dream. It is a sun bleached nightmare. I thought Andrew Garfield’s nervous energy worked very well to amplify the weirdness.ReplyDelete
There is something amazingly strange about the “owl-kiss” woman. Such an odd idea. That is the creepiest thing I have seen in years. If I saw something like that sashay out of my cupboard, I would move.
I watched She's Out of My League on Netflix the other day, which really should have been titled She's Out of Your League. Despite the story starting with a cell phone retrieval and a single, inconsequential reference to Facebook, this pre-smart phone, pre-social media 2010 movie felt at least five years older than that. Anyhow, despite an unfortunate rigid adherence to the rom-com story structure and a dash of misogyny (though not nearly as much as the awful Knocked Up), I found it mostly charming, and it easily passed Dr. Kermode's six-laugh test.ReplyDelete
I like that movie. Alice Eve is beautiful and charming. And i like Jay Baruchel when he plays Woody-Allen-nervous type. It fits himDelete
^ I'm a big fan of him in Man Seeking Woman. This wasn't that good, but I perhaps enjoyed it a bit more for the association.Delete