Ingrid, wonderfully realized by one of my new favorite actresses Aubrey Plaza, is depicted to be nothing short of a psychopathic, obsessive social media user. Moments after we are first introduced to her crying while scrolling through Instagram, she storms into a wedding and pepper sprays the bride, an ex-friend, for not inviting her. The eponymous character soon discovers Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an internet famous photographer, and moves to LA in a crazy conquest to become the celeb’s best-friend. Hoping that Taylor would see a semblance of herself if the two were ever to meet, Ingrid grows unhealthy infatuated with the celeb’s Instagram and uses the platform to become “Taylor 2.0”. Ingrid is caught a little off guard when she first meets Taylor and fails to befriend her. So she stalks her home, steals her dog and returns him only to get closer to her idol. It works. Despite the lengths Ingrid went to become Taylor’s friend she isn’t crazy — and I don’t think the film intends for her to be identified as such — but more so she’s a product of the movie’s true villain, social media.
I am a huge Nolan fan so I am a little sad to say that I didn’t get to watch Dunkirk in IMAX or glorious 70mm. In fact I’ve never seen a Nolan film in anything but a standard 35mm movie theatre. The experience, of course, is not as great but at the end of the day I’m still a subject to his unique stories.
Dunkirk, Nolan’s first film based off a historical event, follows the evacuation of 300 000 British, French, Belgian and Dutch soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. While it isn’t mind boggling or a sci-fi epic, Dunkirk has Nolan sprinkled all over it, from its non-linear storytelling all the way to the colour palette. So, does that mean it’s any good?
WOW! Last week I watched some pretty incredible movies so I had to think a lot about what this week’s Film of the Week would be before deciding on Steven Spielberg’s 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The other four films I watched last week are listed below and I highly recommend each one:
- The Gift
- My Cousin Vinny
- Her (read my review here)
- Dog Day Afternoon – features a brilliant performance from a young Al Pacino
What immediately captivated me about The Witch was its gorgeous cinematography. Wide shots of landscapes, accompanied with an eerie score, are scattered across the runtime establishing the film’s truly unsettling tone. Like the calm and unsettling nature of The Witch’s visuals, the horror elements of the film are subtle yet increasingly discomforting. Set in 1630 New England, the lives of a sequestered family quickly fall into a world of the wicked when their youngest member, Sam, goes missing.
Before delving into Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Film of the Week is another new segment I’m adding to 4therace where I’ll share my favorite movie I have watched in the past 7 days. Since being on summer holiday I’ve finally had time to view a couple dozen films that are on my watchlist. Some of Criterion Collection, Hollywood classics, beloved standalones, indies, blockbusters, you name it. I found this leisure time to be the perfect opportunity to recommend these wonderful films to those who may not know of them or generate some discussion to those who have. So to get right into it, the first Film of the Week is Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers.