Wondering what to see? Between card sharks, slashers and thieves, the highlights of this week’s broadcast represent a criminal challenge, with different levels of severity. Chief among these selections is the card countera character study directed by Oscar Isaac by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi driverDirector of first refurbished). Reflecting on the rage and guilt of a lonely man, but also using it as a route into deep-seated American pathologies around the War on Terror, it’s a stunning film in its biting political commentary.
The much more striking the shining ringDirected by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson, it also evokes a different mindset, the material greed promoted by celebrity culture and what inspires people who covet that fame. ScreamThe fifth installment in the franchise of the same name, it pokes fun at the legacy sequel trend. In the grand tradition of its forefathers, each meta-horror film lampoons the films of the era in which they were made.
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the card counter (2021) – NOW with a Sky Cinema Membership (Pick of the Week)
After tossing and turning between stolid blockbuster franchises, Oscar Isaac finally lands a role worth sinking his teeth into in Paul Schrader’s film. the card counterin what could be his best role since the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis.
As the symbolically named William Tell, the character of Isaac brings the burdens of the past into the present moment, in what may be one of the most raw and cutting American war crimes movies in recent memory. Interrogating the complicity of the troops at Abu Ghraib, his study of the emotional fallout of those responsible seeps into the film’s bleak depiction of poker, a far cry from the bravado and glitz of the usual cinematic portrayal of casinos.
Schrader, as always committed to his love for Bresson, creates an existential crisis even more wretched than his last film, the astonishing first refurbished. Somehow the card counter slipped under everyone’s radar last year, it’s time to correct that if you can.
Also new to NOW: Flag Day (2021), cries male (2021) – July 30
Scream (2022) – Paramount+
Continuing the 30-year tradition of the series, Scream (2022) makes a slasher of contemporary trends in horror cinema, its modus operandi being to skewer clichés and unsuspecting teenagers.
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Of course, the goal of this latest film is that of the “legacy sequel” (evident in how it mimics the title of the new Hallowe’en pulling numbered titles) late sequels that also act as soft reboots for dormant franchises. This marks the first Scream without Wes Craven in the lead, so there’s a certain awkwardness as directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett try to make their mark while paying tribute to the creator of this meta-horror series.
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After a strong opening, the film turns into jokes about “elevated horror,” the deification of “canon” in long-running franchises by self-titled fans, and how people talk about the making of franchise movies: the objective is a deconstruction of contemporary production obsessed with intellectual property. of the game here, with some impressive settings and a passable mystery along the way. Finally Scream finds an upper limit on how well he can summon that Craven spirit, but it’s a passably fun moment.
Also on Paramount+ UK: Rumble (2022), girl, taken (2022)
the shining ring (2013) – BBC iPlayer
Sofia Coppola’s career as a director has been as concerned with the opulence and idleness of the rich as it has been with various forms of boredom. The adolescent restlessness of the virgin suicides and even Marie Antoinette are still visible on the shining surface and the empty people of the valley of the shining ring.
A crime drama inspired by a true story, the film follows the case of a young fashionista named Marc, whose curiosity and attraction to wealth and fame lead him to become an accomplice with his classmates Rebecca and Nicki, who find the houses of celebrities in Los Angeles. who are on vacation, and taking advantage of their lack of security to steal from them.
Of course, it leads to the usual arrogance and downfall, but along the way Coppola builds a sharp social satire amid his curious archive of mid-2000s celebrity culture, bolstered by surprisingly outsized comedic performances from the likes of Emma. Watson and her co-stars, all perfect parodies of rich blandness.
Also on iPlayer: The mule (2018), mary queen of scots (2018)