Welcome back to my Home Movies! Today, we have a hardcore science fiction film to discuss in Possessor: Uncut. In addition to that sci-fi success, this week brought a new cut of The Godfather Part III, which is quite interesting. It’s a solid slate, overall. Read on for more…
Joey’s Top Pick
Brandon Cronenberg truly inherits the mantle of his last name with Possessor: Uncut, a gnarly and effective sci-fi flick. Starring Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Andrea Riseborough, this is a nasty piece of business in all the right ways. If you don’t mind gore and a sense of nihilism in your genre work, this is truly a Cronenberg work. The torch has been passed. Take a look, hold on to your lunch, and see what you think.
The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
The Godfather Part III has long been seen as an unworthy ending to The Godfather franchise. Well, Francis Ford Coppola has now remixed it into The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The result is a more effective film, one that’s not on the level of what’s come before it, but smooths over some rough edges. The final product is a movie that gives you a reason to revisit the end of the trilogy, and that’s something! For fans of the series, especially, this is something well worth checking out.
Also Available This Week
True Detective: The Complete Seasons 1-3 (TV)
Yellowstone: Season Three (TV)
From The Criterion Collection: “Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feeling with Mouchette, one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. With a dying mother, an absent, alcoholic father, and a baby brother in need of care, the teenage Mouchette seeks solace and respite from her circumstances in the nature of the French countryside and daily routine. Bresson deploys his trademark minimalist style to heartbreaking effect in this essential work of French filmmaking, a hugely empathetic drama that elevates its trapped protagonist into one of the cinema’s most memorable tragic figures.”
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves
From The Criterion Collection: “In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, the pioneering William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a breakup scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies, expanded thirty-five years later by its unconventional follow-up, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2½. The “sequel” sees Take One actors Audrey Henningham and Shannon Baker reunited in a more personal, metatheatrical exploration of the effects of the passage of time on technology, the artistic process, and relationships—real and fabricated.”