Based on a really crazy Tuesday schedule this term which keeps me busy from 9 in the morning until 9 at night, Trailer Park Tuesday will become Trailer Park Thursday. Sorry that this week’s is a day late.
Medicine for Melancholy
“This is a one night stand.”
“It’s only been one night, can’t do nothing about that.”
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Barry Jenkins
Cast: Wyatt Cenac, Tracy Heggins
What is it?: A couple spend the day together after a one night stand they can barely remember.
Why I’m Interested: Loneliness, connection, race, humanity. It would be easier to come up with reasons I’m not interested than reasons why I am. I’ll just let you see for yourself.
Last House On The Left
“I wanna hear you beg for your life.”
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Writer: Adam Alleca & Carl Ellsworth
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Riki Lindhome, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt
What is it?: Remake of a film from 1972, what starts off as the formulaic “good guys give bad guys a place to stay at their own peril” becomes something very different.
Why I’m Interested: I’ve never been a fan of the horror genre, but I do usually enjoy when filmmakers turn genres and conventions on their heads. Thus, since it appears this film takes the lame and predictable genre that has been done a thousand times before, and turns the table, it is enough to peak my interest, at least from a storytelling standpoint. Yet, I still do have trouble figuring out what the draw is of watching people suffer as enjoyment. One of the primary questions I have is, do they live happily ever after in the end, ignoring the inevitable cost of violence? I suppose it could be the most blatantly unadulterated and unapologetic serving of the myth of redemptive violence in some time.
“I did come into this world as Michael Peterson, but I’ll go out with my fighting name, Bronson.”
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Brock Norman Brock
Cast: Tom Hardy, Matt King, Kelly Adams, Edward Bennett-Coles
What is it?: The story of British circus strong man, bare knuckle boxer, and career criminal Charles Bronson.
Why I’m Interested: It looks dark and disturbing, but I suppose a movie about the man referred to as the most dangerous inmate in Britian would have to be. Even in the trailer, the performance of Tom Hardy looks electric.