8 Best Movies To Watch After Gran Turismo (2023)

The Spool Staff

Retratos Fantasmas

Filmmakers and general film enthusiasts worldwide share a deep distress over the slow erosion of theatrical projection and film preservation. Most recently, Martin Scorsese spoke extensively about the state of cinema in a high-profile interview, sparking a round of online arguments. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur of the Film Heritage Foundation has been working to preserve much of India’s old film reels, previously left rotting away in government closets for decades. Restored film prints of previously thought to be lost or incomplete films like Mohammed Reza Aslani’s Chess Game of the Wind and Abel Gance’s La Roue (which plays this year at NYFF) have proven that, with dedicated effort, people can salvage film history.  Continue Reading →

Flora and Son

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About 75 minutes into Flora and Son, its script veers toward the self-reflexive. “What movie are you in?” Flora (Eve Hewson) snaps. “One without you in it,” her son, Max (Orén Kinlan), replies. This sort of exchange fits holistically into writer-director John Carney’s latest. It’s self-aware, sure, but it’s not meta. Like most of the film’s writing, it is entirely transparent in its machinations, going so far as to declare them at points. Supporting characters largely function as symbols rather than people. Continue Reading →

A Million Miles Away

SimilarA Christmas Carol (1938) A Few Good Men (1992) A Night to Remember (1958) A Place in the Sun (1951) Angel (2007) Antonia's Line (1995) Apt Pupil (1998) Awakenings (1990) Beauty and the Beast (1946) Belle (2013) Ben-Hur (1959) Blade Runner (1982) Boys Don't Cry (1999) Bully (2001) Candyman (1992) Cannery Row (1982) Casualties of War (1989) Chariots of Fire (1981) Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Chopper (2000) Colors (1988) Contact (1997) Convoy (2023) Death Sentence (2007) Derailed (2005) Destination Moon (1950) Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Disclosure (1994) Dragonwyck (1946) Earthquake Bird (2019) East of Eden (1955) Edward Scissorhands (1990) Empire of the Sun (1987) Finding Forrester (2000) Flag Day (2021) Heaven Is for Real (2014) If I Stay (2014) Into Thin Air (1985) Jackie Brown (1997) Just Like Heaven (2005) Kiss the Girls (1997) Little Big Man (1970) Maestro (2023) Man on Fire (2004) Milk (2008) Murder She Said (1961) P.S. (2004) Pet Sematary (1989) Philomena (2013) Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Rebecca (1940) Scarface (1932) Stand and Deliver (1988) Summer Things (2002) Taking Woodstock (2009) Terms of Endearment (1983) The Beguiled (2017) The Blue Angel (1930) The Bone Collector (1999) The Bridges of Madison County (1995) The Irishman (2019) The Last Emperor (1987) The Lover (1992) The Name of the Rose (1986) The Notebook (2004) The Outsiders (1983) The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) The Right Stuff (1983) The Silent Partner (1978) The Tin Drum (1979) Twilight (2008) Walking Tall (1973) War of the Buttons (1962) Watership Down (1978) Wonder Boys (2000)

A Million Miles Away is one of those movies that live in the meaty part of the decent curve. Far too sturdy and well-made to be called bad. Too rote and predictable to really call good. It tells the true story of José Hernández (Michael Pena), an unquestionably inspiring man who did an impossibly difficult thing under impossibly difficult circumstances. Continue Reading →

Meg 2: The Trench

Ever since James Cameron boldly wrote “S” after ALIEN on a chalkboard and then changed it to a dollar sign, the quickest way to sequel-ize your killer extraterrestrial/reptile/mammal/whatever has been to add more of it. You scored a hit with people fighting one giant mosquito? Great, here’s a sequel with six of them. Continue Reading →

The Last Voyage of the Demeter

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter feels like a movie from a different era. To a point, it is—writer Bragi Schut first drafted his adaptation of the 'Log of the "Demeter"' sequence in Bram Stoker's Dracula in the early 2000s. It's a capital letters Hollywood Creature Feature—a grimmer straight horror cousin to 2004's action/horror hybrid Van Helsing. At its best, it's an admirably gnarly monster flick—bolstered by sturdy craft from director André Øvredal and consistently good performances from a game ensemble. At its worst, it loses confidence and resorts to bumbling attempts to guide its audience by the hand—most notably in its prologue and epilogue. Continue Reading →

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Despite their hue, not all TMNT films deserved to be greenlit. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1984. Now almost 40 years later, what started as a comic book has inspired seven movies, five television series, and countless amounts of merchandise. This week the four ninja tortoises return in a new animated incarnation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Considering I’ve been a fan of the Turtles since six years old, this seems like the perfect time to put an official rating on four decades of movies. Some are gnarly, some tubular, and there’s always a whole lot of cowabunga.   Writers Note: This list doesn’t include the recent Netflix installment Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, a TV-movie crossover Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or the live recording of the 1990 Coming Out of Their Shells stage show. That one you can catch on YouTube, although I don’t know why you would.  Continue Reading →

Stan Lee

Thanks to decades of cameos in movies and promotional stunts intertwining him with the very word “Marvel,” audiences across the planet have a deep connection to comic book legend Stan Lee. Though he passed away in the final weeks of 2018, Lee’s legacy lives on. Marvel Studios even utilized existing audio of his voice in a special 2021 video. It helped them announce the return of its features to movie theaters. Artistic individuals like this tend to endure, no matter what happens to their physical bodies.  Continue Reading →