Galore Recommended Movies To See This Week: June 10th
Looking to hit the theater for a cute date with bae or a girl’s night out at the movies? Planning on staying in but need help figuring out what doesn’t suck on Netflix? Here are Galore’s picks for what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – June 12th
Awkward high school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) spends his time making video remakes of classic movies with his co-worker Earl (RJ Cyler). His mother (Connie Britton), concerned with his behavior, coaxes him to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia. The pair become unlikely friends and Rachel assists Greg and Earl with their films, but Rachel’s condition worsens, Greg and Earl must change their antisocial ways. Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon also star.
The film opens on Friday, June 12th and has a huge buzz after taking the grand jury prize at Sundance as well as the audience award for US drama. You might be familiar with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s style if you are a fan of Glee or American Horror Story as he has directed various episodes of both shows. Overall, it looks to be a poignant and awkwardly cute teen comedy that I will definitely be getting to the theater to see.
Soaked in Bleach – June 11th
Through the lens of private detective Tom Grant and based on case files, audio recordings and testimony, this docudrama revisits and explores the circumstances surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain on April 8th, 1994. The film focuses on the theory that his death was not a suicide due to the general mishandling of the case by both the police and his wife, Courtney Love. The film seems to really point fingers at Love and employs extensive reenactments to dramatize the theory and portray Cobain (Tyler Bryan), Love (Sarah Scott), Grant (Daniel Roebuck) and investigators in a manner that supports said theory. Watch for yourself and form your own opinions about the tragic event that shook the music world of the ‘90s and still remains relevant today.
The film opens in limited release on June 11th.
Hot Girls Wanted – Added May 29th
This Sundance breakout documentary produced by Rashida Jones gives viewers an in-depth look at the lives and culture surrounding 18-year-old girls who decide to enter the amateur porn industry. We meet many girls but follow one named Tressa more closely. From finding a free plane ticket to Miami on Craigslist in exchange for acting in adult films to ending up in the ER to realizing the fact that the majority of girls who enter the industry last a maximum of 3 months working, we watch Tressa’s life unravel as she realizes the true cost of quick money and relative fame. The film is at times heartbreaking, biased and disturbing, but it avoids being explicitly graphic thanks to editor Brittany Huckabee, who also wrote and produced. It is a fascinating and important watch, especially for girls of today’s generation who are bombarded by a reliance on technology and media that can at times be overly sexual and misleading as it shows just how scarily accessible sex work can be for the naïve and fame hungry. Along with its breakout stars (many of which left the industry before filming concluded) it features the likes of Teen Mom and pornstar Farrah Abraham and infamous Duke University student and pornstar Belle Knox.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – June 15th
Back on February 12th, 2012, members of Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot staged a performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior but were stopped by church officials. The performance was then turned into a now famous music video entited “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” Three of the members were then arrested, denied bail and sentenced to two years imprisonment. For those unfamiliar with Pussy Riot, the group is known for performing punk songs with lyrics focusing on their opposition to Vladimir Putin who they consider to be a dictator and his links to the Russian Orthodox Church as well as feminism and LGBT rights. A controversial group of badass women should make for an empowering, interesting watch. You may have seen the film already on HBO or BBC, but now this 2013 documentary by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin will be added to Netflix this week on June 15th.