A new week, a new batch of dramas to talk about. Not one worth seeing, but hey I gotta say something about them. First we have The Runner. Remember when Nicolas Cage won an Oscar? Yeah seems like forever ago. Now he’s in straight-to-DVD films or small, nothing films like this. I will say this though, I thought Cage was pretty solid in the movie. It’s probably his best performance in years, but the film is so generic. This political “thriller” lacks any thrills or tension. The worst part is, the film should be filled with tension because it’s based in New Orleans after the BP oil spill. Cage’s politician character seems like a genuinely good guy, a stand up politician who puts the needs of others first, but there’s just nothing about the film that grips you. None of the supporting characters have any depth to them. There’s no sense of urgency to see something good happen to them because you simply don’t care enough about them. It needs way more depth and development. But if you are a Cage-ahol and have to see all his films, he’s good in this, the story just won’t hold you.
Next we have Heaven Knows What. Hands down one of the worst films I’ve seen this year. I live in Boston and have to hear junkies talk/scream at each other all the time on the streets or on trains. It’s annoying. Because of that, I have no interest in seeing a movie about 3 junkies shooting up and talking loudly to each other in New York. Seriously, this film is junkies scoring heroin, shooting up, talking/screaming/swearing at each other about their lives and drugs. It opens with a girl trying to kill herself because another junkie tells her to do it. Fun! I sat there annoyed at the movie the entire time. It has actors in it so I know it’s fake and not a documentary. At least a documentary you might care about the people since they are real, but because this is a scripted drama, I simply didn’t care about the annoying, loud people.
Last we have The Duke of Burgundy. This one’s a head scratcher because I honestly didn’t get the point of it. It’s sort of a Lesbian version of Secretary or 50 Shades of Grey, but I just didn’t see a story in it. There’s a dom/sub relationship, but what actually happens in the film? Who are these people? Why should I care about them? What do they do? What’s with the butterflies? I really didn’t get it to be honest.