The film begins with a man waking up in a strange woman’s bed with no memory of how he got there. Then the woman’s boyfriend shows up. Lies start piling up as the two scramble to keep the truth, and their blossoming love, from being exposed. It’s a sharp and dryly funny little movie and the four primary actors are all hilarious. Oh yeah, there’s also an alien invasion.
Dude. Dude. The opening shot of this film is one of the most disturbing that I’ve seen in some time. And then, somehow, the film got even more disturbing. Once this thing gets going, it rarely stops to let you breathe. Director Scott Derrickson ratchets up the tension until you’re squirming in your seat and Ethan Hawke gives a great performance as a true crime writer desperate for a hit. Desperate enough to move his family into a house where the previous owners were murdered. Needless to say, things don’t go well. Incredibly disturbing and scary as hell.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
If you’re the kind of person who thinks that all those detective shows on TV are too unrealistic, well, maybe you’ll want to give this a go. This two-and-a-half-hour crime epic mostly takes place over one night as police search for the body of a murder victim. Their search is long and largely uneventful so the police and a tagalong doctor talk and philosophize. Now, it is a long-ass movie, there’s no music, and there aren’t a lot of big events going on, but I was rarely bored. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and even more impressive for being shot mostly at night and lit only by car headlamps.