Mir­ror

The anti-Trump re­sis­tance will draw eye­balls to these must-see films.

Fashion (Canada) - - Contents - By Michael-Oliver Hard­ing

The en­ter­tain­ment of the re­sis­tance.

The thin­skinned once and future re­al­ity­TV star wandering around the White House has hi­jacked 2017. An end­less stream of con­tro­ver­sial poli­cies and ob­nox­ious re­marks di­rected at women, im­mi­grants, Mus­lims, Mex­i­cans, LGBTQ peo­ple and count­less oth­ers has trig­gered a con­certed anti­Trump cre­ative re­sis­tance. In times like these, some es­capist en­ter­tain­ment would to­tally be jus­ti­fied, but if you’re a mem­ber of the “woke” au­di­ence, you’ll want to watch films that echo on­go­ing anx­i­eties and highlight the plight of marginal­ized folks. A num­ber of vi­sion­ary film­mak­ers have al­ready had their zeit­geist­tap­ping films praised on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit, adding se­ri­ous Os­car pedi­gree to their an­tic­i­pated Novem­ber bows. Chief among these films is Dee Rees’s MUDBOUND, a post­Sec­ond World War epic about two fam­i­lies grap­pling with racial vi­o­lence in ru­ral Mis­sis­sippi that was sold to Net­flix for a colos­sal $12.5 mil­lion at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary. Based on Hil­lary Jor­dan’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten novel of the same name, Mudbound fea­tures Carey Mul­li­gan, Gar­rett Hed­lund and a star­mak­ing (as an ac­tress) turn from R&B leg­end Mary J. Blige. An­other book adap­ta­tion be­ing hailed as a screen mas­ter­piece is Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, about a for­bid­den sum­mer ro­mance be­tween a pre­co­cious 17­year­old (Ti­mothée Cha­la­met) and his fa­ther’s 24­year­old in­tern (Ar­mie Ham­mer), set in Italy’s ob­scenely gor­geous Lom­bardy re­gion in the 1980s. Also star­ring break­out ac­tor Cha­la­met is LADY BIRD, ac­tress Greta Ger­wig’s di­rec­to­rial de­but about

a re­bel­lious stu­dent (Saoirse Ro­nan) who en­rols at a col­lege in New York to es­cape her sti­flingly con­ser­va­tive Sacra­mento en­vi­ron­ment. The un­con­ven­tional ori­gin story of DC su­per­hero Won­der Woman lies at the heart of film­maker An­gela Robin­son’s PRO­FES­SOR MARSTON AND THE

WON­DER WOMEN. The film is about a Tufts Univer­sity psy­chol­o­gist’s (Luke Evans) polyamorous part­ner­ship with his wife (Re­becca Hall) and a stu­dent (Bella Heath­cote) and how this un­ortho­dox dy­namic sparked the cre­ation of a badass Ama­zo­nian hero­ine. She was first in­tro­duced to read­ers in 1941, but Gal Gadot brings her back to the screen this month in Jus­tice League.

Lastly, proud Aus­ti­nite and cel­e­brated wri­ter­di­rec­tor Richard Lin­klater (Boy­hood, Be­fore Sun­rise) trains his lens on three Viet­nam vet­eran bud­dies (Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Lau­rence Fish­burne) grap­pling with a very per­sonal loss of life dur­ing the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Iraq War in his lyri­cal road film LAST FLAG FLY­ING.

Don’t count on Trump to pay heed to any of these fine of­fer­ings, which he’d prob­a­bly dis­miss as hail­ing from Meryl Streep’s co­terie of “lib­eral movie peo­ple” and “Hil­lary lovers.” But you cer­tainly should.

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