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STAN’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
“The End of the Tour”
The “tour” the title refers to is a book tour nearing its end, as the film takes us on a cerebral verbal exchange between two writers—one “boomer” aged and the other a “millennial”—who come together for a print interview. This big-screen presentation of the five-day Rolling Stone interview with reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) takes place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, “Infinite Jest.” The film works because of the dynamic character personifications by Eisenberg and Segel. It’s must-experience movie viewing!
RANDY’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
The two best performances of the year come from unknown actresses in a movie shot on three iPhone 5s cameras. “Tangerine” from writer/director Sean Baker (“Starlett”) delivers laugh-out-loud moments and tons of heart. Not too many movies can be hysterically funny and tragically sad at the same time, but Baker and cast managed to pull it off. The ultra-low budget indie follows two transgender prostitutes around the street of Hollywood on Christmas Eve as they deal with “drama,” emotions and their pimp. While parts of the gritty storyline may shock some viewers, passing on this masterpiece would be unfortunate.
JOSEPH’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
“The Stanford Prison Experiment”
It is exceptionally difficult to watch director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s new deeply disturbing dramatic thriller, “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” yet you will be absolutely unable to turn away from the screen. It is a completely compelling depiction of the real 1971 experiment implemented by psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo. The presentation is executed with such extreme authenticity in both Alvarez’s nerve-wracking vision and the recognizable actors’ ability to disappear into their roles that viewers succumb to their senses and perceive the motion picture as though it were a documentary. Its psychological implications are thoroughly thought provoking but even more disquieting.