Lucky (2017)

Lucky
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Writer: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, James Darren, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff
Seen on: 12.4.2018

Plot:
Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) is old but healthy and he has his set routine in the small town in the middle of the desert where he lives. He does his exercises in the morning, he heads to the diner in town for lunch and goes drinking at the bar in the evening, every day. It seems like life could go on forever this way – and it may already have lasted forever. But when Lucky falls, his own mortality intrudes his routine and he might have to think about how he wants to continue.

Lucky is a soft film and one that is worth watching, even if I didn’t find it as touching as I probably should or could have. It’s still very good.

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Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Child’s Play 2
Director: John Lafia
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play
Cast: Alex VincentJenny AgutterGerrit GrahamChristine EliseBrad Dourif, Grace ZabriskiePeter HaskellBeth GrantGreg Germann
Seen on: 9.9.2017
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Plot:
After what happened, Andy (Alex Vincent) is separated from his mother – who is put in psychiatric care – and now lives with a foster family mother Joanne (Jenny Agutter), father Phil (Gerrit Graham) and their teenage daughter Kyle (Christine Elise). Things should be settling down, but Chucky (Brad Dourif) doesn’t just give up, and after he finds himself reconstructed by the toy company, he’s dead-set on claiming Andy’s body for his own.

I didn’t love the first Child’s Play, but it worked. But Child’s Play 2 was a case of “less would have been more” and I thought it was a step down from the first one.

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Jackie (2016)

Jackie
Director: Pablo Larraín
Writer: Noah Oppenheim
Cast: Natalie PortmanPeter SarsgaardGreta GerwigBilly CrudupJohn HurtRichard E. GrantCaspar PhillipsonJohn Carroll LynchBeth GrantDeborah FindlayCorey Johnson
Seen on: 31.1.2017

Plot:
A year after the assassination of John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), his widow Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) gives an interview to a journalist (Billy Crudup) about the difficult path she had to navigate in the time since. Weighed down by her own shock and grief, she still has to make sure she upholds the Kennedy’s reputation and her own husband’s legacy.

Despite a great cast and a great look, Jackie did not work for me. It continuously bored me and I just could not get into the story, the film or the characters.

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The Midnight Swim (2014)

The Midnight Swim
Director: Sarah Adina Smith
Writer: Sarah Adina Smith
Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Partridge, Beth Grant
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 01.03.2015

Plot:
After experienced diver Amelia Brooks (Beth Grant) disappears in the lake next to her house – a lake that is so deep, no diver has ever reached the bottom – her estranged daughters June (Lindsay Burdge), Annie (Jennifer Lafleur) and Isa (Aleksa Palladino) travel to her home next to the lake. They want to say good-bye to both their mother and the house where they spent, their childhood and reconnect with each other as well. But when they invoke the spirit of the Seven Sisters – a local legend – their days and nights there turn a little eerie.

I absolutely fell in love with The Midnight Swim. It’s one of my favorite movies this year, at least so far (but I can hardly imagine that it wouldn’t make a Top 10 list at the end of the year). It is so many things at once – from family drama to horror film – but it also doesn’t fit into any of those categories comfortably. But it doesn’t matter, because it is an absolutely magical experience either way.

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