There’s a bunch of new dramas available and well most aren’t that good. First we have Queen of Earth. I like Elisabeth Moss a lot, but I can’t, for the life of me, tell you what this movie is about. Not one clue. Allegedly it’s about two women who grew up together that are now growing apart and I guess that’s accurate, but the rest of it? No idea. They are at a lake house type area and there’s guys involved, but maybe they are all nuts. There’s a house party that may or may not have happened. Moss finds a guy outside, but I thought he was a guest later on at the party. They all seem to hate each other and scream at each other and make fun of each other. Moss and Katherine Waterston are good in it, but is it all a dream? Did it all happen? Is it supposed to be like Your Sister’s Sister? None of the characters have any redeeming qualities. None of them seem to have a purpose. Or if they did, I didn’t get it. I didn’t like the writer/director’s other film Listen Up Phillip either so clearly I’m not into his style of filmmaking.
Next we have Captive. The film stars 3 really good actors, David Oyelowo, Kate Mara and Michael K. Williams. It’s based on a true story. Unfortunately it’s really generic and uneventful. There’s nothing wrong with the film, but you watch it once and you’ll never want to see it again. Mara plays a junkie trying to get sober who is held captive by Oyelowo who kills a judge and others because he claims to be innocent of the crimes he was sentenced for. Michael K. Williams is the cop trying to hunt him down. Nothing wrong with the film, just nothing all that good either. It’s pretty run of the mill despite having talent in it. It felt like every other held captive type movie you’ve seen before. With Oyelowo and Mara in it, you think it would have gotten a big release or have been popular, there’s a reason it didn’t/wasn’t, it’s not very good.
Next we have Time Out of Mind. Richard Gere is great as a homeless drunk, but there is absolutely nothing original about this one either. It’s from the writer/director of Rampart which I really liked, but this one is slow and not much happens. Gere bounces around after getting tossed from an apartment. He sleeps on the street, sleeps in a homeless shelter and tries to bond with his daughter. But nothing really happens. You watch it, it’s not bad, Gere is good, but would I ever watch it again? No, I have no reason to. It was good to see Ben Vereen in something again, but that and Gere’s performance are the only highlights. Watch Being Flynn instead.
Fourth we have Nasty Baby. I was expecting a comedy because Kristen Wiig is in it, but there’s nothing funny about it. Wiig wants to have a baby using the sperm of her gay friend. He’s a performance artist of some sort who’s trying to get a show launched involving the birth or something like that (I really don’t get performance art). The movie is very New York-ish and I didn’t really like it. Everyone’s life is so dramatic or unique or quirky or whatever. I don’t like these movies. I can’t relate to the characters and usually find them super annoying. The gay couple and Wiig aren’t really annoying or whiny like these characters usually are, but it’s another movie that you watch once and really have no need to see again. The ending is pretty open ended and I didn’t really get the point of the yelling/abusive guy on the street all the time, but I guess he served a purpose. If you like Wiig, check it out, if you miss it, you aren’t missing anything.
Last we have Slow Learners. It’s probably more a comedy, but it kind of makes sense to go on this list. It’s the best, to me, of the bunch and the only one I’d choose to watch again. Adam Pally and Sarah Burns are two friends who have no luck with love. They decide to try something new, be different people and start having some fun. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but both leads are funny and quirky and very believable. You root for them which is something a movie like this really needs. Sure you see the ending coming a mile away, but even with that, I didn’t mind it. It follows all the typical rom-com rules and tropes, but because the leads are odd enough, it works. It’s not a great movie or anything, but for a film I’ve never heard of, it didn’t hurt me to watch it. It reminded me of the TV show Married that Burns is also in.