Another Thursday, another selection of three films that relate to a singular topic (Thursday Movie Picks!). This week was felt a little bit like a rehash of a previous week, but we'll get to that in a minute.
The theme of the week is:
So, a few weeks back we talked about Teen Comedies, and that's practically all I could think of when I read the theme for the week, so I tried really hard to steer away from that 'sub-genre'. Now, those teen comedies were 'Romantic' or something like that, so we got as far away from romance as we could.
At least I think I did.
THIS is my kind of Alexander Payne. This movie is wickedly funny and so spirited, and it's depiction of that fierce desire to succeed/belong/WIN is just so sharply spliced into every frame...and Witherspoon is comedic perfection!
So, in the mid-00's it felt like they were trying to reinvent so many dead genres, and the noir was one of them. Brick is such a brilliantly textured noir, a film that understands the dynamics of the beloved genre, but also knows how to modernize them. It also marked the rise of Joseph Gordon Levitt!
Yes, I already talked about this this week, but let's just continue the lavish praise for this unflinching documentary and it's brutally honest look at the effect that bullying has on, not only the students, but the people in their lives. Get out the tissues...it's time for the heartbreak.