Top four = recent faves.
I'm quietly judging you.
Effective, bleak drama about a naive young woman navigating her way through the perilous gig economy in contemporary China. Does the near-impossible and incorporates the pandemic in an interesting, convincing way. Well-performed by a cast of mostly non-professionals, and gorgeously shot with a static camera and lots of single take scenes.
How I imagine the producers pitched this to Villeneuve:
VILLENEUVE: I dunno, this seems sort of hopeful and uplifting. I prefer dark stories about serial killers and drug runners. I don't really see why you came to me, to be honest.
PRODUCERS: Did we mention there's a giant spider creature thing?
VILLENEUVE: I'M IN.
(This joke for the thirty people who saw ENEMY).
Pretty fucking great. Peele confirms he's got the goods. The UNBREAKABLE to GET OUT's 6th SENSE, this is a darker, less crowd-pleasing, weirder film than Peele's breakout. It's also scarier, funnier, and in many ways better, stuffed to the brim with memorable nightmare imagery. Plus, it has the benefit of a showstopping performance from Lupita Nyong'o -- the best horror lead performance since Toni Collette in HEREDITARY.
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