On this week’s Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice‘s Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, along with Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, praise the latest Melissa McCarthy comedy, Spy: “She plays a real woman who reacts like a real woman would,” Nicholson says of her character. “It’s a really funny movie.” The trio then move on to Cameron Crowe’s Aloha: “I was surprised at how not-terrible it is,” Zacharek says. “I feel that there’s a degree of hatred being leveled at Cameron Crowe. Why beat up on him? These are movies designed to be entertainments for adults…he’s trying to do something that’s not all that popular these days.”
Zacharek also lists her three favorite movies from France’s Cannes film festival: Amy, the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse that opens July 3; Carol, starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett; and The Assassin, a slow-moving, hypnotic action movie heavy on swordplay. Zacharek also recommends I’ll See You in My Dreams.
Scherstuhl recommends Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns, Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare (a frightening documentary about sleep paralysis), and Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.