After what feels like a half-decade of waiting (that was, in reality, about a year and a half), we finally have movies we can see in the cinema. The gradual return of movie premieres around the world was very exciting for movie fanatics, such as myself. However, in a short period of time, so many movies had their premieres, that I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed about what to watch. Ideally, I would love to see every single movie coming out at the moment, but let’s be honest, it’s expensive to go to the cinema! If you feel like you have to research every detail about movies and make a list of priorities, don’t worry, I got you!
Movies premiering now are amazing, but also all over the place. There’s a mix of Oscar-winner actors and directors, some lingering releases, indie movies and in some theatres even the good old classics. Thankfully, in the history of movies, there have been enough good ones that you can always go to if you don’t feel like going to the cinema. In this article, I will tell you about my favourites. Enjoy!
Movies from a few years ago that deserve all the attention
A Single Man (2009)
Directed by Tom Ford, A Single Man is an intimate, refined drama about a gay man living in 1960s California. The movie is Tom Ford’s filmmaking debut, but don’t be fooled - fashion itself is a character in the movie.
The storyline focuses on George, a literature professor, following the death of his life partner Jim. On what he plans to be the last day of his life, George reflects on his past, hoping that he can make it through the day. However, during the day he meets several people that remind him of the joy of life.
A Single Man is sophisticated, elegant, and so evocative while simultaneously so non-explicit. A brief kiss is the closest you will get to any physical intimacy, but it is truly so beautiful in the way it is made, that the feelings resonate throughout the whole movie. A truly remarkable cinematic piece of art that feels mature. Mature in the way it engages with sexuality, and acceptance of the realities of life.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Who is Keyser Söze?
That is the question that is constantly asked in the 1995 neo-noir mystery The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer with a script from Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars an ensemble cast with the most notable mention being Kevin Spacey. It relies on its final twist to take it from a good film to a classic. The twist itself leaves several plot holes and questions. However, it’s hard to undermine how brilliantly the film is written and the dialogue delivered.
The plot follows a truck hijack in New York, where five criminals are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are guilty, they plan revenge against the police. Along the way, they meet interesting people and find out things that I will not spoil for you!
Extremely well shot and edited, the movie will leave you thinking, if maybe sometimes the questions are more interesting than the answers.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
If you like Thomas Shelby from the Peaky Blinders, you are in for a treat with Breakfast on Pluto. Cillian Murphy is unrecognisable in the role of Patrick/Patricia “Kitten” Braden - a cheery young transgender searching for love in London in the 1970s.
Mixing dark humor with camp comedy, the plot follows Patrick’s life with enthusiasm and a little bit of glamour. The story is divided into chapters and shows us Kitten’s journey from very young years until adulthood. Murphy’s character is extravagant and tough, but also naïve and, in a way, childish. Kitten insists on living in their own way regardless of what the world thinks.
Even though Kitten’s adventures and refusal to conform to sexual stereotypes are shown in a compelling way, they are still a character who is interested chiefly in themselves.
Movies to Watch in the Cinema Right Now
Last Night in Soho (2021)
Last Night in Soho is Edgar Wright’s latest movie, and it is everything I hoped it would be! Beautiful, funny, and scary!
The movie follows Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), who moves to 2010s London from the English countryside to study fashion. While there, she begins having vivid night-time visions that transport her back to her neighbourhood in the 1960s. Eloise appears in her visions as Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), a glamorous aspiring singer who lived in the same apartment but in the ‘60s. What starts as an ode to the dazzling nightlife of old Soho quickly spirals into a riveting, pulse-raising murder mystery.
Bright colours, theatrical sets, dancing, and music make the movie dreamlike. It is chic, dynamic, and an experience by itself.
“Father, Son and House of Gucci”
Obviously, we have to talk about what’s yet to come. And that is House of Gucci!
Directed by Ridley Scott and starring actors Al Pacino, Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, the movie is based on a non-fiction book from 2001 by author Sara Gay Forden. The book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, recounts the conviction of Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) for hiring a hitman to kill her husband and Gucci head Maurizio. The movie premieres on November 25th, so mark the date!