Three Must-See Films to see on the Small Screen
The Florida Project. Photo courtesy of Variety.com
We all know how time flies, and how our money just disappears, especially when we plan to go see every film we like the look of at the cinema. But, do not fret, because you can catch the ones you may have missed online and watch them as much as you like.
by Kit Monkman, starring Mark Rowley and Akiya Henry
Mark Rowley as Macbeth. | Courtesy of GSP studios
This adaptation of Shakespeare's psychological thriller utilises special effects and the theatricalities of Shakespeare's globe to bring audiences into an engaging participatory cinematic experience, and it works beautifully. Director Kit Monkman shot the entire film in-front of the green screen to create a world that is obviously made up, yet brings our awareness to the humanity of the characters and the universality of a story over 400 years old. We see the relationship with theatre and the contemporary world of VFX play out in front of our eyes, as draught pencil sketches intertwine with the intricately executed CGI set design. The fusion of theatrical and cinematic elements pulls you into a contemporary experience of this tragic tale. It’s a feast for the eyes and the imagination.
The script stays true to Shakespeare's classic, but in a way I’ve never experienced before, instead of alienating, it captures the purity of human language and pulls you into an immersive, and very present experience. You'll also enjoy some stellar acting from a diverse, and multicultural cast, including Akiya Henry as Lady Macbeth and Mark Rowley as Macbeth. Although I knew the story, I felt like I learnt something entirely new about the dark recesses of our minds… and what you will do for the man or woman that you love. This is Shakespeare for all.
The Florida Project
by Sean Baker, starring Willem Defoe
William Defoe and Brooklynn Price.in The Florida Project.
I fell in love with everything about this film from its protagonist Brooklyn Prince, the pastel colours, the intimate and stunning cinematography, to the non-judgemental subject approach.
Set on a stretch of highway near the imagined utopia of Disney World, this neo-realist film follows a precocious six-year old Moonee and her friends, as they playfully navigate their way through the summer holidays. The innocence of childhood is heartbreakingly juxtaposed with the harsh, and widespread, realities of adulthood in modern America, paying particular attention to single mothers and those living on the line; a subculture rarely given the spotlight in films. Sean Baker captures an essence of childhood, and a feeling; he pays attention to and highlights the tiny details and intricacies of what it is to be human, and what it is to be a child, blissfully unaware of one's place in their contemporary world. This film is a beating heart - alive, unseen, yet unforgettably powerful.
Call Me By Your Name
by Luca Guadagnino, starring Timothee Chalamet and Armi Hammer
Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name.
A film all about the feelings. It's about the overpowering, soul enriching experience of first love. Luca Guadagnino's beautiful sensual coming-of-age tale of 17-year-old Elio, based on the novel by André Aciman is shot with such a romantic, gentle touch that it left me feeling saturated in love, and the strong notion that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
Set during a sultry summer in Northern Italy in the late 1980s, this slow burner melts away any preconceptions of what lovers should be, and artfully invites you into a snapshot of pleasurable, philosophical life that we seem to have forgotten in our fast-paced modern lives. One of my favourite moments is right at the end, when Elio's father (Michael Stulhbarg) gives one of the most heartfelt speeches I have ever seen on screen. Amore.
These films explore the intricacy and delicacy of the human condition from very different artistic approaches, with each possessing diverse and exciting idiosyncrasies that I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of from these innovative filmmakers.
There’s certainly something to be said about the immersive experience of the big screen, but there is nothing wrong with enjoying a film from the comfort of your own space. Let your mind wander and play in the freedom of your imagination as you watch these films - three films that I personally feel, deserve, and require, a second or third (or more) viewing.