Thursday, March 08, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Just One Day
For the tenth week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We focus on the subject of films where it set in the span of an entire day as sometimes a film can just focus on one day where so much can happen. Here are my three picks:
1. Cleo from 5 to 7
From the legendary Agnes Varda comes a film that is about the specter of death told mainly in the span of nearly two hours as a woman deals with the possibility that she will die. During the course of the film, the titular character tries to escape from reality in this two-hour time span as she would hear things that are happening around her. It’s an entrancing film that is told with an air of restraint by Varda who is truly in her element as it’s a film that anyone interested in the French New Wave needs to see.
2. After Hours
From Martin Scorsese comes a film about a date night that goes absolutely wrong where a man endures all sorts of misadventures that almost becomes never-ending. The film is often considered one of Scorsese’s overlooked films yet it is also one of his most exciting as it play into Griffin Dunne dealing with the fact that he’s kind of out of his element. He lost his money, his date becomes a disaster, and he would meet all sorts of people. It’s a wild film but certainly showcases a lot of the visual strengths of Scorsese as well as setting it in his home city at a time where it was crazy but fun.
3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of Judith Viorst’s children’s novel is really one of the more underrated family films of the past few years as it’s a much smarter film than everyone would expect from family movies. Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as the parents, the film revolves around a kid who has endured a lot of bad days until a simple birthday wish on the morning of his birthday makes everything go wrong for himself, his parents, and his siblings. Most family films would revolve around silly gags or toilet humor but this film does neither and is thankful for it while Arteta isn’t afraid to inject bits of realism to give audiences something they can relate to.
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