Dark Waters (2019)

Dark Waters
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Based on: Nathaniel Rich‘s article
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause
Seen on: 13.10.2020

Plot:
Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) is an environmental defense attorney, working mostly for corporations faced with complaints. That’s why he is very reluctant to take on the case brought to him by farmer Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp) who came to him because he know his grandmother. But Tennant’s story keeps gnawing at Bilott and when he digs a little deeper, he realizes that there may be more to the story. This realization is the beginning of a legal battle against chemical giant DuPont who has been polluting the entire area – a battle that will last for decades and affects thousands of people.

Dark Waters is a solid film. Given the cast and the subject matter, it had the potential to be more than just solid, but there are definitely worse movies out there.

The film poster showing Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) standing in front of a chemical plant. At the top of the poster we can see Rob Bilott, his wife Sarah (Anne Hathaway), his boss Tom Terp (Tim Robbins) and second lawyer Harry Dietzler (Bill Pullman).
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Midsommar [Midsummer] (2019)

Midsommar
Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe, Henrik Norlén, Gunnel Fred
Seen on: 22.8.2019
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Content Note: ableism, saneism, suicide

Plot:
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) have been dating for a while, though their relationship isn’t exactly good anymore. But Christian feels he can’t break up with Dani after a tragedy in her family. When Christian is invited to a midsummer festival in Sweden by his Swedish friend Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren), he plans on going with his friends Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Mark (Will Poulter). Dani invites herself along, not exactly to Christian’s joy. But the change of scenery seems to do them some good, at least until the festival takes a distinct turn for the weird.

Midosmmar is probably the worst case scenario for a break-up but a really cool film. I did have some issues with it, but overall, I really liked it.

The film poster showing a close-up of half of Dani's (Florence Pugh) face. She is wearing a flower crown and crying.
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Paterson (2016)

Paterson
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Rizwan Manji, Method Man, William Jackson Harper, Chasten Harmon, Barry Shabaka HenleyMasatoshi Nagase
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 22.10.2016

Plot:
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, and likes to write poetry in his spare time. His girlfriend Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) champions him and his art, as he does his best to support her in her music and her projects that mostly involve black and white decoration. Their life is quiet and full of routines, but even so, they have their ups and downs.

Paterson is such a wonderfully warm film, I left the cinema floating on cloud number 9 like after a really good first date (only I never had a first date that left me feeling quite like this). It’s a love letter to poetry and to Paterson, NJ, and it sees and shows the beauty of the everyday so clearly, I felt nothing but love for it.

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