I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Quirky first feature as a writer-director from Macon Blair – best known as part of Jeremy Saulnier’s repertory – about an average woman (Melanie Lynskey) who feels compelled to right the wrong of being burgled. Tonally and thematically it sort of plays out like The Big Lebowski with fewer belly laughs. Elijah Wood is fun as her heavy metal-loving neighbour, whom she persuades to tag along, Gary Anthony Williams, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet, Devon Graye, Jane Levy and David Yow all contribute watchable, endearing performances.
Quite enjoyable take on the story of journeyman boxer and one-time contender Chuck Wepner, the purported inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa character. Live Schreiber gives a good central performance, and there are nice turns from Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan and Michael Rapaport. Directed by Philippe Falardeau.
Pedestrian period piece about an Afrikaner farmer-turned-guerilla (Ray Winstone) coming to New Zealand in search of – well, something – in the wake of defeat at the hands of the British in the Boer War. There he finds himself hired to hunt down a Maori whaler (Temuera Morrison) wrongly accused of murder by dastardly British soldiers. Nothing exceptional from veteran director Ian Sharp.
Kind of absorbing, but not wholly – William Friedkin adapting a Tracy Letts play about an unlikable family of Texan buffoons (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon) enmeshing themselves in a ridiculous murder-for-insurance plot, assisted by creepy cop Matthew McConaughey.
Bad Day For The Cut
An interesting stab at a Blue Ruin-style take on the revenge thriller, set in Ireland, with Nigel O’Neill as a mild-mannered farmer who goes on a mission of retribution after his elderly mother is murdered. With Susan Lynch, Stuart Graham, David Pearse, Ian McElhinney, Jósef Pawlowski and Anna Próchniak; directed by Chris Baugh from a script co-written by Brendan Mullin.
Red Rock West
John Dahl’s pre-Last Seduction neo-noir, with a dusty Western vibe to it. Nic Cage is a drifter drawn into a web of deceit and double cross when he ends up in a shithole town with no money after a job falls through. Mistaken identity, honour, betrayal, a femme fatale, shifting alliances, JT Walsh, Lara Flynn Boyle and Dennis Hopper.