Monday Movies: Prelude to A Prophet
Last summer, when Gomorra was coming out, I decided to track down some of the director (Garone)’s previous films, initially in order to give myself the opportunity to be a total douche and claim that I’d known of him all along and perhaps preferred one of his earlier films. As it turned out, the movies involved, respectively, a creepy gay dwarf and a creepy bald guy who forces his girlfriend into a horrifying diet regimen — and I ruined my own joke by telling people I was thinking about doing it.
How things change! Yet another foreign mafia-oriented movie is out, A Prophet, and this time I decided to track down films of the director, Jacques Audiard, not to make myself into an obnoxious dinner party guest, but to compensate for the fact that The Girlfriend didn’t want to see it in the theater (and so I might have to wait a couple weeks after it came out until my break when I’d be in Chicago all week, so that I wouldn’t feel bad taking time out to go see it myself). It appears that I may have won her over, however, with the unexpectedly great Read My Lips:
- Read My Lips: This was a perfectly paced thriller that genuinely could’ve gone any direction at any point. The use of a sexually deprived deaf woman as the protagonist was a unique twist, as was the intrusion of a criminal element into office politics. Overall, I sincerely don’t want to give anything away — you all should just go watch it.
- Bonnie and Clyde: This was very good, but not at all what I was expecting. I found the bank robbing issue to be very timely.
- In the Loop: Through some kind of misunderstanding, I thought that this movie had been completely panned by the critics at the time I had the opportunity to see it in the theater. I should’ve known better, as the movie is exactly what you’d expect from the trailer — an awkward and cynical comedy, with the added bonus of a “cunning of reason”-based plotline.
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