Afterlife, Last Night In Soho, a breath of fresh air + more
After years of delay, Ghostbusters: the afterlife, the last film in the franchise, is released this week on VOD. While the movie offers a fresh take on it and a new cast that includes Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd, there are plenty of references to the original, as well as cameos from, well, almost everyone who was in the first one. movie. And if you want a smart sequence, say Last night in Soho, available for purchase on VOD this week, is another film that unearths the ghosts of the past. Edgar Wright made a beautifully styled film about a mysterious and glamorous 1960s woman (Anya Taylor-Joy) who begins to haunt the dreams of a college student (Thomasin Mackenzie), first as a muse and then as a nightmare. It’s a terrifying yet satisfying watch.
And for something a little more grounded in reality, but no less unsettling, Amanda Seyfried and Finn Wittrock star in a mouthful of air, based on the novel by Amy Koppelman, who is also directing the film. Seyfried stars as a children’s book author named Julie who has an adorable new baby with her husband Ethan (Wittrock), but she also faces terrible despair, consumed by depression and feelings of inadequacy, which lead her to a suicide attempt. Movies that attempt to portray depression and suicide realistically can be difficult to watch, and a mouthful of air does not hesitate to portray true desperation and trauma. But we’re in a time when people are finally telling their truths about mental health and postpartum depression in particular, and it’s time we normalized those conversations and saw them portrayed onscreen.
These are just a few of the titles you can watch on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and through your cable service this week. Find out which movies are available to buy or rent on demand now!
Ghostbusters: the afterlife, the second reboot of the beloved ghost hunters franchise following Paul Feig’s 2016 release, is the kind of sequel that manages to pay homage to the original while turning the story into something entirely new. This story goes that our beloved OG Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler, who was played by Harold Ramis, who died in 2014, was killed by a ghost after retreating to Oklahoma after spreading ectoplasm and StayPuft marshmallow. all over New York. Spengler’s daughter and grandchildren (Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace) move into her run-down Oklahoma farmhouse and find out about all of her old-fashioned gear, which is helpful as something strange is brewing. in their new city. Something ghostly. With the help of the children’s science teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), they face off against the ghosts that take over their town, and luckily for us, the remaining original Ghostbusters (as well as Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver) show up at the end just to come full circle.
Where to stream Ghostbusters: the afterlife
If you liked Edgar Wright’s first horror film, Shaun of the Dead, you, uh, might also like Last night in Soho, but it won’t be what you’re used to from the director. I love both movies, but their tone couldn’t be more different, despite the fact that they both play the Suspiria-like bloodbaths in red tempera paint. Or Shaun was a romantic comedy wrapped in a zombie horror film, Last night in Soho is a feminist commentary shrouded in a feverish dream with a 60s swing aesthetic. Ellie (Thomasin Mackenzie) is a young fashion design student living in a London apartment, and every night when she goes to bed she dreams (Where is this a dream?) to assume the identity of an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the mid-1960s. Ellie takes inspiration from Sandie’s bold image and personality and begins to mold them. reproduce in real life, until Sandie’s world turns into a nightmare of abuse and terror, which also creeps into Ellie’s real life. It’s hard to explain how Wright expresses this overlap between two worlds, but he does it well, using music and bright colors to punctuate the story, which often unfolds in very unexpected ways.
Where to stream Last night in Soho
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