This Netflix original film will be released on October 10th to instantly stream, but we encourage you to see it on the big screen if it is screening in one of the select theaters near you. Paul Greengrass has proven his ability to produce gripping political dramas with United 93 (2006) and Captain Phillips (2013), and everything we’ve seen from 22 July, whether it be the trailer or TIFF reviews, points toward another outstanding film in the same vein. Following a three part story which centers on the worst terrorist attack in Norwegian history, this film is sure to be an emotional rollercoaster that will take an unflinching look at a topic that hits close to home for audiences everywhere.
Stephen King might not approve of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of his classic horror novel, but here at DIFF, we sure as hell do. Led by outstanding performances from Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, The Shining provides a stark vision of a slow burning descent into madness for a family of three in a haunted hotel in the Rocky Mountains. It’s impossible to decide what the most iconic moment of the movie is. That everlasting steadicam tracking shot of Danny riding his tricycle through the Overlook Hotel’s creepy hallways. Wendy hysterically swinging a baseball bat at her husband, Jack, as he stalks her up that grab staircase. The line, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” We can’t decide for you, so watch it for yourself, decide, and get back to us.
I honestly don’t know why, whether it was the time of my life at which I first saw the movie and comprehended the flaws of the US justice system, or if there was a thunderstorm outside that night that particularly imprinted the movie on my mind, but The Green Mile is one of the most memorable movies of my childhood. This month, The Green Mile comes to Netflix on October 1st. Although this movie is one of my childhood favorites, it is not necessarily a movie you want to just toss on when you get back with your friends from the night’s festivities. The film's timely and significant themes juxtapose the beautiful and pleasant scenes to create an emotionally brimming 3h and 9m roller coaster ride. So, if you’re in the mood for a Michael Clarke Duncan and Tom Hanks classic, you don’t want to skip this flick.
If you are a Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little or Mel Brooks fan, get ready because Blazing Saddles comes to Netflix on October 1st. At surface level, it may seem like your archetypal Western, but it’s actually a highly satirical film on racism, criticizing the very Westerns you might mistake it to be. Cleavon Little stars as Sheriff Bart, who is to be the first black sheriff of Rockridge, an all-white, southern town. By teaming up with a drunk gunslinger, Jim, the two ultimately are the only people who can save the day as bandits plot to destroy the town. The plot becomes increasingly chaotic as the film progresses until it ultimately (and literally) breaks the fourth wall in an iconic brawl. Before you watch, be prepared for very provocative, blunt jokes that probably wouldn’t fly in today’s world -- many critics comment on its daring nature. Nonetheless, the film was considered “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress in 2006 when they added it to the National Film Registry, so when you watch this 70’s classic, remember that you’re watching a snapshot of history!
Before the Avengers series broke box office records, before Black Panther tore down cultural barriers, and before Twilight destroyed the vampire genre, there was Blade: the film that started the evolution of the comic book adaptation film genre. Released in the late 90s, Blade not only proved that comic book hero films could be successful, but that a black lead could carry such a film. The film relies on lead Wesley Snipes’ actual martial arts training, rather than heavy CGI, for its combat sequences, and the result is Blade feeling evermore badass. The film has since been overshadowed by bigger box office success and films with a greater cultural impact, but the thrills of this film and the doors that it opened should not be overlooked.