Cinematic Gems: From The Killer to Planet of the Apes, the Top Three TV Picks of the Week
Drive My Car “A Symphony of Journeys”
In a captivating double feature, Japanese filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi unveils two recent cinematic gems. First up on Thursday is “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” a cinematic masterpiece that promises a thought-provoking journey. Preceding it is a meditative and emotionally charged adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story.
The narrative unfolds around Hidetoshi Nishijima’s Tokyo actor-director, Yūsuke, who, after a personal tragedy, embarks on a poignant pilgrimage to Hiroshima. There, against the backdrop of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” he grapples with grief and redemption. The power of storytelling takes centre stage as Yūsuke is chauffeured to and from rehearsals by the enigmatic Misaki (played by Tōko Miura).
As their intertwined fates unravel, a shared sense of loss and unresolved guilt forms the emotional core of this cinematic experience, leaving audiences spellbound by the intricate dance of human connection and healing.
Rustin “Echoes of Hiroshima: A Tale of Redemption and Connection”
In George C. Wolfe’s remarkable biopic, Bayard Rustin steps out of the shadows of historical oversight to claim his rightful place in the annals of the Black civil rights movement in the US. Portrayed with vibrant energy by Coleman Domingo, Rustin emerges as the lifeblood of the movement—a master organiser and an infectious force, rallying his volunteers with charisma and purpose.
The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of Rustin’s visionary idea: the iconic 1963 march on Washington, where his dear friend Martin Luther King Jr. Echoes of Freedom: The Timeless Reverberations of the ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech.
However, Rustin’s personal journey is not without its complexities; as a gay man and a former communist, his presence sparks both internal and external tensions within the movement. Through Domingo’s compelling portrayal, Rustin’s story becomes a stirring testament to resilience, passion, and the indomitable spirit that fuels the fight for justice.
Mafia Mamma “Maternal Machinations: The Matriarchal Underworld”
Toni Collette effortlessly commands the screen in this delightful comedy, portraying the underappreciated American wife, Kristin. Unfolding against the unexpected revelation that she is the heir to an Italian mob operation, the film hinges on Collette’s versatile performance, seamlessly oscillating between moments of pathos and assertiveness as the plot demands.
Unlike the formidable figures of “The Godfather” that are often referenced by the characters, these mobsters have a distinct comedic flair, with murderous intent softened by a humorous touch. As Kristin embraces her newfound power, her journey takes unexpected romantic twists, adding a charming layer to the perils that come with her newly acquired mafia legacy.