Welcome to another episode of Justalkin brought to you by in.com. It’s very likely books have been replaced by online platforms for you. On this podcast, we’re gonna be talking about a few movies that are available online, aren’t the biggest commercial movies but are still amazing in their own right.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The first thing you’ll love about this movie, is the soundtrack. A whole bunch of artists have been featured, and David Bowie’s song ‘Space Oddity’ is a recurring theme throughout the movie. It’s about a man named Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, who leads two lives - one for real and one in his head. It’s a comedy drama film, and it follows Walter Mitty’s adventures as he tries to keep his job and discovers himself and a lot more through the course of the film. Kristen Wiig is in it too. Ben Stiller is so sincere in this role, you’ll really identify with his character. Look for the playlist online!
Keri Russell made a big move from being a Mickey Mouse Club House dancer to doing roles that earned her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations! In 2007 she did an independent movie called ‘Waitress’ - it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and although made on a really small budget, critics loved it - the story of a regular woman who loved baking pies and was going to be a mother. It’s the story of a woman’s struggle, but it’s not depressing and has some really funny bits! It was unfortunate that Adrienne Shelley, who wrote and directed the film and also co-starred in it, died before it came to people’s notice. This was also adapted on stage and turned into a musical.
Not a very light-hearted movie, but it hits the right spot if you like documentaries. Laura Poitras, a film-maker, received encrypted emails from someone who had information about the government's surveillance programs. So she took her camera and, and went to Hong Kong along with journalist Glenn Greenwald. They discovered that the guy who sent the emails was Edward Snowden.
It has shots of Snowden in his hotel room in Hong Kong, and the movie shows how the courses of all three of their lives change in a matter of weeks, with all of them either unwilling or unable to return to the United States of America. Citizen Four also received the Academy Award for the best documentary at the 2015 Oscars, amongst many other awards and appreciation.
Drew Barrymore decided to direct a film and it turned out to be a sport - it was something we’ve seen very little of - Roller derby!
It’s got a great cast - Ellen Page plays the lead, Alia Shauqat, Drew Barrymore herself, Jimmy Fallon, and Kristen Wiig too are in it amongst others. Shauna Cross first wrote this as a book called ‘Derby Girl’ and was trying to turn this into a movie when Drew Barrymore came across it. They hired real life rollers, and got them to be a part of the film. The movie soundtrack has 58 tracks from different genres.
The Last Supper
This isn’t a movie about the saviour of humankind - it came out in 1995, and is a black comedy film about a bunch of liberal students who live together in a house, and decide to invite conservative people to dinner, and killing them if they didn’t change their mentality. It’s been directed by Stacy Title and also stars Cameron Diaz as one of the students. It was made on a really small budget, but was still progressive for its times.
But I’m a cheerleader
This is about a cheerleader who gets sent to rehab to rid her of her lesbian tendencies - because they think lesbianism can be taken out of a person’s system. There have been other movies of late that sort of follow this premise, but this one came out way back in 1999 when movies and discussions about LGBTQ rights and people weren’t as open as they are today. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe were in a more recent one called ‘Boy Erased’, where they send their son to a gay conversion camp, but is a much more serious film when compared to ‘But I’m a cheerleader’.
Sherry Baby stars Maggie Gyllenhaal in a role that gave her a whole load of nominations and wins. It’s the story of a woman who used to be addicted to heroin, and is trying to bring her life back on track. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the role to perfection and received the attention and appreciation of a lot of critics, because she’s so invested in role of a woman who used to be on self-destruction mode, but is trying put back all the pieces of the puzzle back together. Try and watch it when you’re not low yourself, because it is sure to take a toll on you.
Take this Waltz
Seth Rogen is a synonym for funny and whacky, but in ‘Take this Waltz’, he plays a husband who is in a relationship that is falling apart, while Michelle Williams plays his wife who is in love with another man is trying to figure what she wants in life.
The movie also has Luke Kirby - the guy who plays comedian Lenny Bruce in the Marvelous Mrs Maisel series. This movie isn’t only about the black and white in relationships, but also the grey areas.
Apart from autoplay and suggestions online, there are just a few other recommendations of brilliant but underrated movies. This is Justalkinn brought to you by in.com.