33. Turning Red
It sounds like you enjoyed “Turning Red,” the film directed by Domie Shi that was released on Disney+. It’s great to hear that the film is centered around a relatable coming-of-age story and that it has a unique and exciting climax. It’s unfortunate that the film was not released in theaters, as the experience of watching it on the big screen could have added to the impact of the film’s climactic moments. However, it’s still possible to enjoy the film on Disney+ and appreciate the work that went into it.
Climate change is having a significant impact on farmers in Bolivia, particularly in the form of prolonged drought. In Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s film, we see the effects of this firsthand through the story of a married couple of llama farmers who are struggling to adapt as their community and way of life are threatened by the changing environment. The film, which features non-professional actors in the lead roles, offers a unique and surprising viewing experience that highlights the challenges faced by farmers in Bolivia.
31. Bones and All
“Eating Humans” is a coming-of-age film that follows a couple of outsiders as they navigate the fringes of a disconnected society. The twist? They happen to be cannibals. Although the film may seem vastly different from director Luca Guadagnino’s previous work, such as “Call Me by Your Name,” it shares similar themes of young love and the delicate relationships of sensitive individuals. The film stars Timothee Chalamet and features a standout performance from Taylor Russell. “Eating Humans” can be compared to “Badlands,” set in the midst of Reagan’s America.
30. Fire Of Love
This elemental, awe-inspiring doc follows two volcanologists –Maurice and Katia Krafft – to the ends of the earth and witness their passion: for this molten geological marvels and, even more movingly, for each other. It’s narrated by indie doyenne Miranda July and was a Sundance breakout hit at the beginning of the year, but it feels like one of pieces of non-fiction filmmaking that will stand the test of time. It shows us the kind of spectacular fiery abyss that most blockbusters can only dream of – and not a drop of CGI in sight.
“Milk” is a unique and thought-provoking documentary from British independent filmmaker Andrea Arnold. The film is set entirely among a herd of dairy cows and explores the life cycle of these animals. The film does not contain any traditional voiceover or explanation, allowing the audience to simply observe the cows and their daily lives. While the film does not try to manipulate the audience’s emotions, it still manages to be a moving and unsentimental examination of the lives of cows. The film’s title is a play on words, as it refers both to the substance produced by the cows and to the film’s focus on their lives.
27. Boiling Point
In “One-Take Chef,” Stephen Graham delivers a standout performance as a chef working in a busy London restaurant. The film is shot in a single take and features Graham’s character juggling the demands of the kitchen while shucking oysters with skill. While the film may not be the most appealing advertisement for a career in the hospitality industry, it is a thrilling and intense viewing experience that leaves the audience feeling drained by the end. The film showcases Graham’s versatility as an actor and his ability to convey a sense of nervous energy and intensit
26. Bergman Island
It’s takes chutzpah to rock up to the home of one of the true titans of cinema and make a movie that riffs on his life and work, but Mia Hansen-Løve’s sunlit relationship story set on Ingmar Bergman’s Island of Fårö pulls the feat off with aplomb. Vicky Kries and Tim Roth play two writers whose relationship seems to be hitting the skids almost imperceptibly, as they joust gently in their supposed creative haven. There are sharp observations galore here – about relationships and women’s creative emancipation – as well as a juicy, meta twist to keep you on your toes.