We’re already halfway through October, which means it’s time for another fall-themed Cinema Club. The last few weeks I visited the Camera Japan festival, watched a much talked about Netflix documentary and went to see one of the most beautiful films of the year.
// Neko Atsume House
Based on the popular smartphone game, Japanse film Neko Atsume House (2017) follows the story of a troubled young writer who finds happiness by surrounding himself with cats. Not only are the cats SUPER adorable and heartwarming, the writers created a clever and emphatic narrative based on a game.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch Maudie (2016), and I really did not expect to be so touched by the film. The story is based on the marriage of real life painter Maudie Lewis (Sally Hawkins) and her husband Everett (Ethan Hawke). Just like Maudie’s paintings, the film is full of colors and life, and the impressive acting by both Hawkins and Hawke really brings the story to life.
// Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two
We’ve all been there: scrolling through the seemingly endless lists of films and series on Netflix. You’re looking for something to watch, but you have no idea what. For those desperate times, I would highly recommend Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017). Even if you’re not a big Gaga fan, this documentary is still very interesting if you’re interested in music, stage productions and (mental) health issues.
// Kingsman: The Golden Circle
If you’re looking for a fun night out full of ye olde British humor, British men in suits and British spy tales, look no further than Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). The film takes off right where the original 2014 one, with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) officially instated as a member of the British spy agency called Kingsman. When shit goes down, however, he is forced to turn his American colleagues, the Statesman, for help. The result is a fast-paced, funny and beautifully visualized (in true Matthew Vaughn style) that is a great source of entertainment on a Friday night out.
// Blade Runner 2049
Last but not least, my personal favorite of this month (and perhaps even this year, may I so boldly add): Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The film is a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, but frankly speaking, I prefer director Denis Villeneuve’s take on the struggle between humans and Replicants. Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Dutch actress (and national pride) Sylvia Hoeks, the film offers a hauntingly beautiful, grim and realistic vision of the future. One that is full of neon dreams, philosophical questions and Ryan Gosling being particularly robot-like…