Happy New Year! It’s January, which more or less means it’s time to catch up on the films that have come out over the last couple months that are to be among the best the year has to offer. I mean, perhaps you want to partake in Taken 3 at some point, but for the most part, we’re looking at a whole slew of quality dramas. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more notable films to catch up on, complete with reviews and interviews. Enjoy!
Selma: This well-executed and well-told story focuses on the fight for equal voting rights led by Martin Luther King Jr. In Selma, Alabama in 1965. I talked to actor David Oyelowo who plays King Jr., and director Ava DuVernay.
Inherent Vice:This stoner-noir from Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix is really good…and weird. I’ve a feeling it will mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and it’s also a film everyone wants to say they like. And all of that is good. It’s a fun, weird romp.
The Overnighters, CitizenFour: This are two of the best documentaries of the year, both tell stories intimate and vast, both surprising, and both incredibly gripping. And timely. And shocking. In one a man tries to balance his family and faith while housing those in need of shelter in his home. In the other, a man alerts the public to staggering amounts of governmental overreach and spying, putting himself in danger while a part of the biggest news story of the year.
These aren’t quite as recent, but they are all great…especially Boyhood, which I think a lot of people can talk at great length.