Kneel Before VOD: July 18th
Director Nacho Vigalondo continues his streak of brilliant, high concept sci-fi films with Colossal. One of 2017's biggest breakout surprise stars, Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a jobless, down on her luck partier who returns to her hometown and rekindles her friendship with Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). Soon after, a giant monster appears in the city and Gloria learns she might have a deep connection to this creature. Hathaway turns in an impressive performance in this joyous and weird film.
The talent behind The Circle can not be denied. The cast is stacked with the young faces of Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Karen Gillan, and Hollywood vets Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton. Unfortunately, indie darling James Ponsoldt couldn't pull it together, turning a film with a current, vital concern of digital privacy into a total bore. Mae (Watson) gets a job at The Circle, one of the world's biggest tech companies, lead by the charismatic Eamon (Hanks). She is made a part of the company's latest project, one that invades people's privacy like never before.
Netflix: To the Bone
Netflix's latest original movie stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a 20-year-old struggling with anorexia making her way from clinic to clinic without improvement. Her family sends her to a group home lead by an unorthodox doctor (Keanu Reeves) who attempts to help her with her condition and learn self-acceptance. The brutally honest film with a lighthearted sensibility is inspired by the real life experiences of writer/director Marti Noxon and star Collins.
Amazon Prime: Suspiria
Horror maestro Dario Argento's classic 1977 Suspiria is a masterclass in stylistic horror. Gallons of blood fly in this tale of Suzy (Jessica Harper) a young woman attending a mysterious ballet school where her fellow coeds are murdered one by one. A crown jewel in the Giallo genre. For more insight into Suspiria's brilliant stylistic flourishes, Talk Film Society's own Sean Beattie recently wrote about Suspiria's superior lighting design for our Summer Camp series.
HBO Go: Keeping Up With the Joneses
A married couple (Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis) are living a charmed life in the suburbs when a new couple, the Joneses (Gal Gadot, Jon Hamm), moves in next door. The impossibly attractive couple live enormously eventful, well traveled, basically perfect lives, but all is not as it seems. The two are revealed to be deadly spies on a mission to take down the company Galifianakis works for. As is expected, all of the leads are charming and fun, but the comedy comes up short on one too many occasions. The action scenes are fun, though.
Hulu Plus: Bob's Burgers
Hulu is making a big push in the coming weeks to pad out its already impressive animated catalog. Futurama and American Dad will be making their way to the streaming platform soon, but this week they added one of the most beloved shows on the air right now. The Belcher's unsuccessful family restaurant plays backdrop to the odd family's wacky antics. Loren Bouchard previously created Home Movies, and just like that cult classic show the quality only increases as the seasons go on and you learn to love everybody's quirks.
FilmStruck: The Graduate
One of Dustin Hoffman's first film roles sees him star as Ben, a recent college grad still deciding what to do with his life as he gets caught in a love triangle between Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross) and her mother (Anne Bancroft). The performances from the three leads are timeless, as is the poignancy of the evergreen story. Mike Nichols classic contains more than a few of the most parodied and instantly recognizable scenes in all of film.