(*homocinematically inclined)

Monday, December 2, 2019

2019, A Film Odyssey: Girls Trip

Sorry to Mother You

This year's hits you may have missed, flops that you should avoid, hidden gems to discover and more, plus where to watch 'em...

When ladies lose it:

Greta (now streaming on HBO):
If you ever wanted to see Isabelle Huppert as a slightly sapphic, borderline campy, full-on nutjob, then this Neil Jordan thriller is the movie for you. As the title shut-in, she uses designer handbags to lure young women with mommy issues to her and then proceeds to mother them... to death. As her latest obsession, Chloë Grace Moretz can barely keep up with Huppert, making it (intentionally?) easy to root for the crazy lady. (7/10)

Piercing (now available on DVD and Blu-ray):
A man (Christopher Abbott) checks into a hotel with a plan to murder a random prostitute (Mia Wasikowska), but his intended victim, even more twisted than he is, has other ideas. With a compelling plot like that and directed by Nicolas Pesce, whose debut film The Eyes of My Mother was a gritty, Gothic nightmare, my hopes were high. Yet this is just a nightmare, mostly thanks to an in-over-her-head Wasikowska as a manic pixie dream girl from hell. (4/10)

The Perfection (now streaming on Netflix):
Sexy lesbians! Body horror! Cello playing!! Set in the alarmingly cutthroat world of professional cellists, Allison Williams and Logan Browning are two rival students of a Machiavellian music teacher (played by... Steven Weber?) who, after hitting the sheets, experience all sorts of nastiness, from projectile vomiting to self-amputation to, well, Steven Weber. There are a lot of disparate parts here that somehow all come together into a wild and wacky revenge tale à la EC Comics. (7/10)

Reviews by Kirby Holt, Movie Dearest creator, editor and head writer.

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