DPL Movie Staff Picks: August

Whew! It's been a little hot lately, so we have a few hot and sizzling movies for you this month. If you add some ice-cold refreshments and a little snack, they might be the secret ingredient for a great movie night.

Emily

Lost in Paris- Fiona is a librarian (yay!) in Canada who is informed that her Aunt Martha is “Lost in Paris” so Fiona flies off to the rescue. Hilarity ensues immediately as Fiona gets knocked off of a bridge while taking a selfie. This intensely charming movie features impromptu dance scenes, physical comedy, and the highly saturated color of a Technicolor production of yore. Really delightful! 

Stacey

Mary, Queen of Scots (2018)

This Oscar-nominated film focuses on the rival queens, Mary Stuart of Scotland and Elizabeth I of England, as they figure out how to rule their countries while resisting pressure to marry. The two struggle for power in a world where men had been traditional rulers. The message resonates even in 2019 as some states and countries celebrate electing their first female representatives, only 100 years after the 19th Amendment was passed in the United States. Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth bring these strong historical women to life.

Lisa F.

Eighth Grade (2018) (Also available through Kanopy for Denver residents)

Writer, first-time director and stand-up comic Bo Burnham wanted, at age 25, to make a movie about teenage social anxiety in the age of social media while he was still young enough to remember his own experiences.  13-year-old Kayla, an apparently friendless (and motherless) eight grader is in her final week of middle school and struggles to find her voice. Although the awkwardness and angst of being that age is timeless, some of the scenes in the movie remind us of just how much harder it is these days, with active-shooter drills and infatuation with social media.   

Daniel M.

Maudie (2016)

Based on a true story taking place in Nova Scotia, Maud Dowley is a woman with arthritis who, after finding out her brother sold their family home which was left to her, takes a job as a live-in cleaning lady for a bitter fisherman named Everett.  While cleaning the little old shack, Maud begins to paint it up nice (with illustrations of birds, flowers, etc), which eventually leads her work to be commissioned, as people start admiring the painted house and wishing to purchase other pieces of hers. The story is pretty amazing, as I had never even heard of this artist named “Maud" prior to this movie.  The chemistry between the two main characters is also good, as the two end up together (don’t worry-that’s not a major spoiler or anything): Sally Hawkins Maud as a little sweet woman who loves to paint and cares about Everett, and Ethan Hawke’s Everett as a bitter man who does not really seem to show any emotion (and is sometimes not the nicest to Maud), but the two do truly care about/love each other.

Randell Baze

Edge of America (2003)

This film is based on a true story about a black educator who teaches high school English on the Three Nations Reservation, and then he takes on the role as basketball coach for the girls team.

Claire Wright

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

After his mother’s accidental death, a lonely young boy named Zucchini is sent to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, he is befriended by a kind police officer who accompanies him to his new home. With the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. The stop-motion animation shows this film’s heart in a really captivating way.

Annie Nelson

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot (2019)

The epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of. Since WWII, Calvin Barr (Elliott) has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and is carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again.  

Kristen A. 

Samba (2016) 

In the mood for an interesting drama about immigration struggles in a different country? Or are you a fan of the great French actors Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg? Check out Samba, where a long-term undocumented worker (Sy) in France suddenly finds himself threatened by deportation. A brand new legal volunteer (Gainsbourg) may be the only person who can help him stay in his adopted country.

Written by J.Allen on August 6, 2019