Starring: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharpe, Tom Burke
Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru is one of the celebrated director’s greatest films, a towering, humanistic achievement in a filmography that’s full of them. So why give yourself the tall task of remaking that film in an English context? To the credit of Living, Kurosawa’s film can be easily translated into virtually any time period or culture. And proper British society in the 1950s shares many of the work-first mentality that was reflected in the 1952 version.
Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Julianne Moore, Alisha Boe, Billy Bryk, Jay O. Sanders
Jesse Eisenberg’s first step behind the camera debuted almost exactly a year ago at the last Sundance Film Festival to an online audience after the festival went completely virtual due to the pandemic. There are films that manage to transcend the indie festival’s stereotypical quirks – films like Whiplash or Judas and the Black Messiah – and there are those that seem almost designed with the idea of airing there. Ultimately, When You Finish Saving the World feels more like the latter. It’s a decent dual character study that could have been better, more nuanced, than the final product.
Sometimes it’s refreshing to sit down for a movie and know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Watch any of the trailers for M3GAN and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what kind of film it is. A synthetic blend of Child’s Play and Ex Machina (yes, really), M3GAN will provide enough laughs and chills to get you through the doldrums of January releases but doesn’t deviate from that predetermined algorithm.
Last year’s slate of films was one to be excited for as we emerged from the pandemic, with upcoming films from establishment names like Spielberg, Chazelle, McDonagh, Park, Cameron, Luhrmann, and more. But it also yielded plenty of great unheralded films from upcoming filmmakers that will put them on the radars of film lovers going forward. 2023 is looking to be an even bigger year for movies, with headline films from Christopher Nolan, Greta Gerwig, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, M. Night Shyamalan, Taika Waititi, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, and Ari Aster (plus many more).