It’s summer time and one of the best ways to beat the heat is with a good movie! We have a lot that is coming out now or recently released that is worth checking out, either at the theater or at home via VOD or Blu-ray. Here’s a round up of some titles that should be on your radar.
First up is BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS, an indie comedy/drama released by Oscilloscope. Starring Harry Lloyd, better known as the man with the golden crown in Game of Thrones. Lloyd’s character Craig is on the verge of taking a huge life step by moving across the country and buying a house with his girlfriend. Rather than focusing on that, he instead opts to take some time off of work and pursue “the World’s Biggest” things. By pursuing Americana and getting to know complete strangers, he takes an ostrich approach of dealing with the huge change he is facing.
Lloyd is a solid actor, really drawing a lot from those he interacts with. And director Bryan Reisberg makes some interesting choices with the camera work, giving a little more scope to a smaller film. One shot in particular starts as a wide shot of a building and then goes into a long tracking shot to end with it being the point of view of Craig. The artistry of these shots really add to the experience of seeing the unbeaten path of America alongside Craig. I enjoyed the film even though it wasn’t heavy hitting emotionally.
BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS is available on VOD and opens in theaters Friday July 24th, 2015.
Relationship films are usually pretty linear. The two lovers meet, a challenge breaks them up and then they come together again, not always for good though. Some of the best films about relationships take a different approach, such as (500) DAYS OF SUMMER or ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. Those films present the relationship at different points, all jumbled together but giving us the whole picture of the relationship. With IFC Films COMET, starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, we get an approach similar to those.
Long and Rossum are two of my favorite actors currently, so I was excited to hear that they were working together for this. And thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed in their work. Set over 6 years, we see their characters at very different points in their lives, changing their mannerisms, but deep down, they were still the same and still drawn towards each other. Emotionally powerful, COMET will have you thinking about how you handle yourself in your own relationships.
COMET will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from IFC FIlms July 28th, 2015.
Oftentimes mankind can be the cruelest beast. That is all the more clear in the story of WHITE GOD, a Hungarian tale about a girl and her dog dealing with the harsh world. Going to stay with her divorced father, Lili brings her dog, Hagen along. Feeling that the dog is a burden from his ex-wife, Lili’s father threatens to take the dog to a shelter. Fearing Hagen would be euthanized, Lili protests, infuriating her father. He ends up throwing the dog out, leaving him stranded on a random street.
Left to fend for himself, Hagen is subjected to abuse, neglect, and forced into dog fighting. Until one day, he decides to rise up, leading a mass army of dogs behind him. In a bizarre mix of HOMEWARD BOUND and CUJO, we see Hagen take revenge on those that hurt him, making his way back to Lili.
This film is filled with some of the most incredible animal acting I’ve witnessed, taking you on a roller coaster of emotions. A majority of the scenes are brutal to watch due to the implied animal violence, but as the making of featurette shows, no animals were harmed. I am glad that I watched it directly after viewing the film as I was feeling in shock at the ending. While the film is difficult to watch, it was beautifully made and is a true experience. Films like this come along very rarely, and these treasures should be lauded for their efforts.
WHITE GOD is being released by Magnolia Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD July 28th, 2015.