I can’t believe we’ve got to 10 days. Thanks for sticking with it and I do hope you’ve enjoyed some of the films selected and that I’ve helped settle just a few “what we going to watch?” arguments.
Today is a Saturday, so it should feel a bit different. We’re not homeschooling today for starters. And I forgot to clean my teeth.
You must be desperate for films today.
So let’s start with the gorgeous animation Song of the Sea (2014) PG, which is from Ireland and steeped in Celtic folklore, both in content and in style – it really works, an enchanting story beautifully told, about a boy and his sister – a Silkie, or seal child – on a long journey home.
Eddie the Eagle (2016) PG is a fun family film. Taron Egerton plays the real-life British ski-jumper but director Dexter Fletcher (they both went on to make Rocketman) gives it a comic, fairytale element reminiscent of Ealing comedies. I remember not fancying the film at all, but it quickly charmed me and became a delightful favourite. So if you’ve hovered over it and thought, nah, think again my friends, and have a giggle.
It’s on Netflix, and also on most other platforms.
And tonight, give The Bling Ring (2013) 15 a whirl. I think this is sorely under-rated, a smart, sassy and super relevant film, based on true events (and a Vanity Fair article) from Sofia Coppola, with a great young cast and so much attitude. I remember seeing it at Cannes when Coppola was ‘demoted’ to the Un Certain Regard section after her Marie Antoinette got – harshly, stupidly – booed a few years previously, and people were hating on it because it was ‘vacuous’ but it just isn’t. It’s about vacuity, sure, about a vacuum, but about the constant need to fill it – with whatever, drugs, clothes, celebrity, envy – and I think it feels vibrant and funny… and dangerous.
Among others, it’s on Amazon Prime.
And my Midnight Screening is Eden (2014) 15, one of the best films about clubbing and going out, which obviously you can’t do right now, so do it with this bunch of egotistical, smoking and pouting Parisians. As it’s about the dance music scene in Paris in the 90s, it’s got a very fine soundtrack (Daft Punk, Frankie Knuckles, Kings of Tomorrow) and captures the highs and the come-downs, not just of a big night out, but of a whole period of your life. The director is Mia Hansen Love, who really is one of the best French film makers, particularly good at conveying emotions through mood and atmosphere. And having a dance.