Welcome back to the end of the week! We got Anne Frank, Colin Farrell, indie Sci-Fi, and so much inspiration your heart will figuratively explode, literally!
“After Yang,” I bet, is not the one you thought Colin Farrell would be in. But apparently he’s great! (Check out the Sundance review from Jacob on our site!)There’s a thoughtful exploration of somber science fiction:
Written and directed by Kogonada, A24 will release this in select US theaters and streaming on Showtime March 4th, 2022.
“Scarborough” finally feels like an original step forward on familiar territory, using documentary direction for a movie about children that isn’t just nostalgic for the movies white kids watched in the 1990’s:
Directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson and written by Catherine Hernandez, LevelFilm will release this in select Canadian cinemas (color me jealous) February 25th, 2022.
“Project Gemini” feels like a compilation of Sci-Fi puzzle pieces from elsewhere (Interstellar, 2001, Prometheus, Cloverfield Paradox, and Gemini Man spring most frequently to mind), yet it’s an independent production and lokes flat out GORGEOUS:
Directed by Serik Beyseu (Serik Beiseuov), written by Natalya Lebedeva and Dmitriy Zhigalov, Well Go USA will release this direct-to-VOD and on Blu-ray on March 15th, 2022.
“The Girl on the Mountain” feels familiar but I can’t quite place why. The concept of a wilderness hunt spans multiple genres and while this feels distinctly low-budget, it feels unique in the way the hunted-yet-competent protagonist has to weigh the consequences of his choices as he takes action in front of his daughter:
Written and directed by Matt Sconce, Saban Films will release this in select US theaters and on VOD March 8th, 2022.
“My Best Friend Anne Frank” is the story of a real life friendship between Hanneli Goslar and Anne Frank, both before and during their time in concentration camps. Netflix is set to release this and I’m not sure if I’m ready for those kind of emotions. Though in the wake of news regarding discouragement of exploring holocaust history, this may be more important than it even seems:
Directed by Ben Sombogaart, written by Marian Batavier and Paul Ruven, and based on Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend by Alison Leslie Gold, Netflix will release this streaming February 1st, 2022.
“I Am Here,” in similar, but perhaps more poignant fashion, is a documentary about one of the eldest living Holocaust survivors, Ella Blumenthal, and her experiences in a world that seems to be pushing to forget history against ALL recommendation:
Directed by Jordy Sank and produced by Gabriella Blumberg, Blue Fox Entertainment will release this in select US theaters on March 11th, 2022. Also, check out how much cooler Ms. Blumenthal is than you in this poster:
“Huda’s Salon” is one more serious exploration of real events through the lens of a thriller exploring oppression on micro/individual and macro/societal scales, and that might not sound as exciting as this looks:
Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, IFC Films will release this in select US theaters and on VOD March 4th, 2022.
And, to lighten things up a bit before you go, we have “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets.” The cast looks talented, the quirkiness is cranked to a seemingly appropriate level, and it looks like a more competent indie-dramedy:
Written and directed by Yaniv Raz, Madman Films released this in the U.S. and some countries last year and you can watch it with a HULU Premium Subscription now!
Come back next weekend for more to explore and ALL the feels!