February for me will largely be taken up by the Glasgow Film Festival so my time and interest in seeing things outside of the Festival atmosphere will be limited, but for everyone else…
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB | Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée | Released: 07/02
Matthew McConaughey’s meteoric renaissance over the last couple of years can be best referenced for me in HBO’s True Detective, where the praise for his and Woody Harrelson’s performances were the sole reason for me tuning in. No disappointment, because he’s also still quite the handsome devil. McConaughey here is incorporated into a film heavy on criticism of the FDAs bureaucracy and overbearing regulation with a strong argument for social tolerance, agorism and government to just get out of the way of people making consensual decisions for their own body. I’m fully behind that combination, and Jared Leto in drag doesn’t hurt.
AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY | Dir: Terence Nance | Released: 07/02
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY FLYING LOTUS. Yes, you should begin queuing right now! Produced by Jay Z, from all accounts this directorial debut is an incredibly inventive, original and daring film on young love that just exudes appeal. The trailer will stick with me until I see the film. Only released in key cities, mainly as part of Discover Tuesdays in Picturehouse cinemas on 11/02. Click here for a list of screenings.
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN | Dir: Ralph Fiennes | Released: 07/02
Abi Morgan continues her prolific nature by scripting Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial feature after his success with Coriolanus. It appears to be a well-crafted and thoughtful Victorian period drama on Charles Dickens’ affair starring the director himself, the extremely talented Kirsten Scott Thomas and the impressive Felicity Jones. Should be nice to look at, one way or another (Felicity Jones is impressive in many facets).
CUBAN FURY | Dir: James Griffiths | Released: 14/02
Accomplished comedy actors Nick Front (finally getting a chance to shine outside of Simon Pegg’s shadow), Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones and Olivia Colman star in this outlandish British comedy where the comedic appeal is Nick Front and Chris O’Dowd dancing competitive salsa. That they’re doing it to win the heart of Rashida Jones makes for an inspirational Valentine’s Day flick for gentlemen across the country. Wedding rings and dance shoes at the ready.
THE LEGO MOVIE | Dir: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller | Released: 14/02
A who’s who of stars combine to lend their voice to this great throwback to our childhood. Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks. Good golly. Who doesn’t want to hear GOB and Ron Swanson interact?! Hopefully everything does turn out to be awesome about this.
HER | Dir: Spike Jonze | Released: 14/02
The most anticipated release of February for most film fanatics has all the correct ingredients for critical and commercial success. An apparently heartwarming and quirky tale on our innate need for human connection in a near-future age with a top quality cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlet Johansson, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde) and some neat cameos that should be all the temptation you need, if Spike Jonze’s excellence isn’t enough already.
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE | Dir: Jim Jarmusch | Released: 21/02
Jim Jarmusch has been somewhat lacklustre for me the last decade, but this Palme d’Or nominated film could be a fresh and appealing take on the recently hot trend of vampire romance movies from the respected independent director strutting a stellar cast of Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt.
NYMPHOMANIAC, VOLUMES I & II | Dir: Lars von Trier | Released: 22/02
As much as you SHOULD be terrified to watch anything by Lars von Trier – with Shia LaBoeuf and Willem Dafoe in provocative eroticism (hopefully not together!) being the highest marker – his ability to inevitably entice you should be even more terrifying. I’m sure that the polarizing director has a lot worthwhile to add to other recent films on sexual addiction with some expected striking cinematography and strong performances. Should be an experience and certainly not one that looks to bore anyway, like his previous Melancholia was prone to do at times.
What are you looking forward to watching in February?