As usual, my Year End list doesn’t include much released in the current year, because I’m a slow mover with a tendency to look back over my shoulder. But here are some things I discovered this year that I recommend. I would like to thank Kanopy for many of the interesting films I’ve seen, and Goodreads for helping me keep track of what I’ve read! So here we go:
“They Call Me Jeeg (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot)” (2015)
This gritty Italian film is the ultimate anti-hero story with plenty of style and odd, dark humor. It’s the tale of Enzo, a small-time crook who does nothing but watch porn in his spare time, until he suddenly (and violently) receives superpowers that cause him no end of trouble. They also lead him to the love of his life, however, in the form of the psychologically damaged Alessia, and create in him a new found sympathy for others, and sense of purpose. Violent and twisted, yet still uplifting.
This Polish film is a gripping story of supernatural possession, based on the mythological dybbuk, but steeped in the history of WWII. A young man unearths a skeleton the night before his wedding on his future in-laws’ farm and gradually becomes possessed by the ghost of a young Jewish woman. It’s a trainwreck of a transformation that derails the wedding ceremony and dredges up the history of the rural town before and after the war. Thoroughly creepy and riveting. Watch out that for that hand under the bed . . .