Movies Watched: May Edition
Mid-April to May, really, but the point stands.
Culled from my Letterboxd diary, here are some of the movies I would recommend from my February through April watches.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Drama/Thriller/Horror)
It’s hard to say what this movie actually “is” as far as a genre goes. A teenage girl takes an online challenge which… what? Starts unexplainably changing her? Or is she putting on a show for social media? At first, it feels like a slog, but We’re All Going to the World’s Fair has stuck with me. My full One Star Classics review.
Butterfly Kisses (Horror)
One of the few “found footage” films that creep me out. Very well acted and has a good meta element. My 2019 One Star Classics review.
The Toll (Horror)
It has apparently been rewatch-month for me—The Toll is not a great movie as such, but the cast—mainly two actors—does a good job, and the film has a distinct look. My One Star Classics review.
P.G.: Psycho Goreman (Retro Sci-Fi)
My favorite movie from last year—Psycho Goreman, is a throwback to the “lone alien landed on earth” sub-genre that was popular with PG-13 movies of the eighties. Granted, this version is more graphic, but all in the name of comedy. My One Star Classics review.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Tarantino)
Inglourious Basterds is still my favorite Tarantino film, but this one comes close.
The Batman (Superhero)
Finally, a good superhero movie—that it’s more of a mystery story than an action extravaganza benefits the character perfectly.
I Am Elizabeth Smart (Lifetime)
This one came on automatically after a season of an HGTV show had ended. There are multiple reasons not to watch the film, but ultimately Skeet Ulrich’s performance makes it worth it. (If only because he reminds me of Tobias’s portrayal of George in the made-for-TV movie inside Arrested Development.)
Torn Hearts (Thriller)
A country-music-focused thriller starring Katey Sagal as a reclusive musician with a sordid secret. Both tense and funny.
Crush is a genuinely funny teen comedy with some great performances. It also benefits from not having a caricature of a high-school bully as an antagonist.