Welcome back to the end of the week!
If you need a mental break, to relax, this might not be the right place. There are hard subjects and stories teased below that aim at suffering and complicated relationships, but they may preview a lot of exciting, powerful movies coming soon:
“Topside” is the story of a homeless family trying to stay together in New York City, caught between wanting what’s best for their daughter and wanting a life together:
Co-written and co-directed by Logan George and Celine Held, Vertical Entertainment will release this in select US theaters and on VOD March 25th, 2022.
“The Phantom of the Open” is a more light-hearted, charming comedy about a man playing a game his own way:
Directed by Craig Roberts, written by Simon Farnaby, Sony Pictures Classics will release this in select US theaters on June 3rd, 2022.
“Bloody Oranges” seems to be a French dark-comedy highlighting various milestones/slices of life and the score has me hypnotized:
Directed by Jean-Christophe Meurisse, written in collaboration with Amélie Philippe and Yohann Gloaguen, Dark Star will release this in select US theaters on March 18th, 2022 then on VOD starting April 19th, 2022.
“The Green Ghost” made me cringe at one point or another, but seems to be an earnest attempt at delivering a light hearted adventure outside of the machine of big-budget films, and I think that ambition deserves support:
Directed by Michael D. Olmos, written by Charlie Clark, Brian Douglas, Michael D. Olmos, and Rafael Antonio Ruiz, Gravitas will release this in select US theaters on April 29th, 2022.
“The Sound of Violet” is another feature whose budget is noticeable but it tackles a bold subject matter and may offer a unique romance and perspective on efforts to connect and relate to a person regardless of social/neuro-biological barriers:
Written and directed Allen Wolf, based on his own novel, Atlas Distribution will release this in select US theaters on April 29th, 2022.
“Firebird” is an Estonian story of a love triangle set in an Air Force base during the Cold War and the struggles faced by condemned love. There isn’t as much of a “triangle” presented in the trailer but still it looks heavy:
Directed by Peeter Rebane, written by Peeter Rebane and Tom Prior, this was released in the UK starting in January 2022, and will open in select US theaters and on VOD April 29th, 2022.
Finally, we have “The Revolution Generation,” which is a bit heavy on the concept that Millenials are a generation embracing responsibilities for change on societal and global levels. I’m not sure how I feel about singling out a generation when Gen-Z is breaching young adulthood and very much at the forefront of these concerns and protests, but here’s a bit of inspiration before you go:
Directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Greenwich Entertainment will release this in select theaters and on VOD on April 22nd, 2022.