Next up there's the movie I literally linked to in the post right before this post you're reading right this minute, and that's the director's cut of the bio-pic Mapplethorpe, which I also reviewed this week for Pajiba -- I was far less kind to this one, and with good reason. It's a movie about artists that feels like it hates artists? Like, I get it, Robert Mapplethorpe was an asshole. But he was a compelling asshole! He compelled that bull-whip right on up his asshole, for starters!
And lastly but also finally there's a flick called Funny Face, also available for rental on Amazon, that I'm also recommending. I don't know if y'all saw the film Dark Night in 2016 about a movie-theater shooting (that movie is on Amazon Prime if you haven't) but Funny Face is from the same director Tim Sutton, and he's proving himself a somebody to watch. He's pretty clearly heavily influenced by Nicolas Winding Refn, but then everyone should be influenced by Nicolas Winding Refn if you ask me. So good on ya, Tim!
Cannot believe I never saw this before, I guess it took this specific hair, but the bf just pointed out how much Cosmo Jarvis looks like James Caan and now I will never ever un-see it -- it's friggin uncanny at moments pic.twitter.com/7yYs7N01EE— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) March 31, 2021
Cosmo goes hard on a lot of tics in his performance yet I didn't hate it like I often do with that kind of thing; I found and find him immensely watchable. He's proven time and again to be a talented guy, and this is an odd, memorable performance in an odd, memorable film. It's got stellar atmosphere, also -- nothing has made me want to get out of the local neighborhood I've been trapped in for a year now thanks to COVID harder than this movie did. Funny Face has got NYC vibes bursting out its eye-sockets. It's a slow-boil, but I think you'll dig it if you're in the right mood. Here's the trailer: