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