These couple of weeks are full of trips for me, and for some not quite inexplicable reason, trips are always filled with trips to the cinema. This month’s cinema club includes the best action-packed blockbuster of this Summer, “Atomic Blonde” (2017), an informative and heartwarming documentary about cats, “Kedi” (2016), and Christopher Nolan’s new masterpiece “Dunkirk” (2017).
// Dunkirk (2017)
Every time director Christopher Nolan releases a new film, I can’t wait until I can go and see it in the cinemas. The exact day the film was released here in the Netherlands, Boyfriend and I went to see this cinematic retelling of the events taking place at the shores of Dunkirk during the end of WWII. Once more, Nolan showcases his impeccable talent of playing around with the concept of time, interweaving different plot lines and characters until it all seamlessly comes together into a beautiful and hugely impressive film. “Dunkirk” (2017) proves that even with a significantly smaller budget and shorter running time, Nolan still manages to make a lasting and impactful impression upon his audiences.
// The Big Sick (2017)
Based upon the true love story of Pakistani comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, “The Big Sick” revolves around two people from very different cultural backgrounds falling in love and struggling to meet each other in the middle. Kumail feels pressured by his more traditional family, who expect him to marry a Pakistani woman and not date American girls such as Emily, while she is struck by a mysterious illness that forces her into an artificial coma. When Emily’s parents arrive, Kumail has to face not just his own family’s expectations, but also Emily’s. “The Big Sick” is one of the funniest and most original romantic comedies I have seen in a while, with amazing performances from both Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in the starring roles.
// The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The life of a teenager is very hard and super dramatic – at least, in the case of young Nadine in “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016) – and it becomes even harder and more dramatic when you find out your best friend since kindergarten is dating your older and fitness-obsessed brother. The plot premise might not sound very appealing or original, but actors Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson definitely make it worth your while. Steinfeld’s Nadine is funny and strangely relatable, while Harrelson’s history teacher Mr. Burner is deliciously cynical and surprisingly heartwarming.
// Atomic Blonde (2017)
While we’re still waiting on a Black Widow standalone film, actress Charlize Theron decided to take matters into her own hands and produced this Summer’s must-see blockbuster, “Atomic Blonde” (2017). Based on a graphic novel series, the film takes place in Berlin right before the fall of the wall, when MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton has to recover a missing list of double agents. Featuring an amazing eighties soundtrack – including Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, New Order and Duran Duran – and great performances by Theron and James McAvoy, “Atomic Blonde” is an action-packed, cold-hearted and neon-colored powerhouse.
// Kedi (2016)
For the cat lovers amongst us, I would definitely recommend the Turkish documentary “Kedi” (2016). The film zooms in on the city of Istanbul and its most mysterious inhabitants: cats. Several feline friends are being followed for the documentary, each with their own distinctive character. “Kedi” shows how the cats live in Istanbul and interact with both the city itself and the people living in it. The result is remarkable and heartwarming; a definite must-see for those who love cats.