Love, Mobsters, and Varied Undead

Here’s some enjoyable and quirky or otherwise unusual cinematic fare that packs more of an emotional punch than you might expect:

Equals — I saw this one on Amazon Prime and it was much better than I’d hoped. Beautifully shot and beautifully paced, with great casting. Don’t get turned off by Kristen Stewart starring, she’s excellent in this movie.

Warm Bodies — Nicholas Hoult starred in Equals above, which reminded me of “Warm Bodies,” where I saw him first; he’s an excellent young actor, with great on-screen presence, akin to Jude Law or Ralph Fiennes in their heyday. (And why can’t we grow this kind of male actor in the US?) This is a zombie movie, but don’t let it discourage you. It’s heartwarming and funny. (Btw, Hoult was also great in Fury Road and as the Beast in X-Men.)

The Lobster —  it’s dry and absurdist, and I loved it.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure, but if you like nuts, this is good nuts.

In Bruges— an old quirky mobster comedy with Colin Farrell. You gotta hand it to Colin Farrell: he could have retired playing the pretty boy, but instead he’s gone full quirk — respect! Yes, I loved the 2nd season of True Detective.

Cashback — another satisfying accidental find from a few years ago. A recently dumped young artist with severe insomnia gets a night job…

Deadpool — filthy and fun.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — I haven’t seen this one, but will when I get a chance.  Not your common vampire movie.


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