July 2021 is all about the biographies. Well, at least fictionalized biographies lovingly referred to as biopics. Jonathan (@berkreviews) and Corey (@coreyrstarr) explore some famous individuals’ stories through their favorite medium; cinema. This was a hard topic to narrow down just the five movies they are going to review this month as there are many big ones on their gap lists, but many of these are really long!
As far as the podcast goes, each episode features an in-depth review of the movie for the week. They begin with a spoiler-free review before diving in completely after the needed spoiler warning. However, before getting into the review of the week, Jonathan and Corey discuss what other movies they’ve seen since the last episode as well as anything else they feel like discussing. To help them decide which of the many films to watch each month they started creating themes for them all.
Week 1 – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Jonathan had been meaning to watch this one since he saw The Bad Batch (2016). A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was #32 on the list and has a 96% RT. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour this Iranian vampire film was available to watch on Shudder and Mubi. It stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, and Marshall Manesh and the IMDb.com synopsis reads “In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.”
Week 2 – Don’t Look Now (1973)
Corey picked Don’t Look Now (1973) off the RT list sitting at #28 with a 94% RT score. The film stars Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, and Hilary Mason and is directed by Nicolas Roeg. While a bit wordy, the synopsis reads “A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.”
Week 3 – Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Jonathan bought the criterion for Eyes Without a Face (1960) a few years ago after he saw Edgar recommend it on the Criterion Closet. It is number 20 on the list with a 98% RT score. The movie is directed by Georges Franju and stars Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, and Juliette Mayniel. “A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.”
Week 4 – The Wicker Man (1973)
The only film on the list that one of the duo has seen before, Corey picked it to check The Wicker Man (1973) off her gap list. Plus it sits at number #77 with an 89% RT score. It is directed by Robin Hardy and stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, and Diane Cilento. The synopsis reads “A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the locals claim never existed.”
Week 5 – Frenzy (1972)
Jonathan is adding Alfred Hitchcock in where ever he can this year. Frenzy (1972) is #72 and has a 90% RT score. Starring Jon Finch, Barry Foster, and Barbara Leigh-Hunt and “A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.”