dir: Matt Spicer
scr: David Branson Smith & Spicer
Vicious, uncomfortably funny takedown of social media stardom, fandom, and LA's bright young things. Works like a slow-drip poison. Chilling, chuckle-worthy - highly recommended.
dir: Malcolm D. Lee
scr: Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver, story by Eric Rivinoja and Barris & Oliver
dir: Bong Joon-ho
scr: Bong and Jon Ronson, story by Bong
Thoughts on Atomic Blonde, Dunkirk, and more, after the jump....
dir: David Leith
scr: Kurt Johnstad, from the graphic novel series The Coldest City by Anthony Johnston and Sam Hart
Midnight Runners (청년경찰)
dir/scr: Kim Joo-hwan
A perfect buddy-cop flick, surprising mix of high stakes crime and comedy, great chemistry between square-jawed Kang Ha-Neul and hummina-hummina Park Seo-Joon.
dir/scr: Christopher Nolan
Land (or, The Mole): No carnage, no stakes. War rendered ineffective, repetitive, and boring by bloodless "carnage", anonymous leads. Disappointing.
Sea: Mark Rylance's gravitas here grounds the whole film, but bloodshed rings false, especially considering the timidity of The Mole sequence.
Air: Thrilling. Moved in my own seat to adjust their sights. Ends with one of the most courageous, beautiful parts of the movie.
Overall: 50 percent effective, 50 percent dull, 100 percent shallow. Not my favorite Nolan.
Other films I've seen in the meantime: Anarchist from the Colony, The Battleship Island, The Big Sick, Get Me Roger Stone, Logan Lucky, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets