Fresh Starts Pt. 2: Wild Rose 🎧

Plus, the trailer for A24's cow movie 🐄 and some movie news you should know about

💭 Happy Wednesday!

Today, I give you another movie recommendation about someone with a fresh start in life in honor of the new year. If you missed Monday’s recommendation, you can read it and all my recommendations here.

Plus, the trailer for an A24 movie about a cow and a rundown of some recent movie news.

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Okay, here’s day two.

Today's movie // Streaming on Hulu

Wild Rose

Fresh out of prison and on house probation, aspiring country singer and young mom Rose (Jessie Buckley) tries to find a way out of her small Scottish town through stardom. [Trailer]

Why you should watch it: Wild Rose isn’t your typical small town girl with big dreams movie. It has an edge to it thanks to Jessie Buckley’s star-making performance and her character’s steely indignance. She’s not exactly the charming hero we’re rooting for. Though her talent as a singer-songwriter — the songs are written by Buckley and screenwriter Nicole Taylor — are more than enough to think she deserves her shot at Nashville.

Throughout the movie, Rose tries and fails to be a better mother and member of society. Even when people go out of their way to help her she seems to make the wrong decision. It’s that grounded reality that makes Wild Rose unlike many movies with a similar story. Come for the story, stay for the music. “Glasgow” — co-written by actor Mary Steenbergen — is the best song from a movie from last year.

Directed by Tom Harper
Runtime 103 mins
Year 2019
Genre Drama Musical

📺 Buy or rent: Prime Video // iTunes // YouTube

One trailer you should watch

First Cow

From A24: “A loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow.”

My take: Kelly Reichardt’s last movie, Certain Women, was near my top ten for 2016 and has grown on me even more since then. She’s so grounded in her approach but adds flashes of humor and flair to everything she does. This is one of my most anticipated of the year.

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Year 2020
Genre Drama

📺 In theaters March 6th, 2020.

In movie news

New Bob Dylan biopic, MCU update, & Oscar race update

🎸 Timothée Chalamet will play Bob Dylan in a new biopic directed by James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari). He looks the part, but whether he can live up to Cate Blanchett’s portrayal is up for debate. [Deadline]

⚡️ Christian Bale is in talks to join Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Only question now is whether he’ll be playing love or thunder… I’ll see myself out. [Hollywood Reporter]

🏆 The Oscar nominations will be announced next Monday. After the Golden Globes, DGA, and PGA nominations, the Best Picture race has likely winnowed down to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite (my pick), The Irishman, and Jojo Rabbit.

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You’re the best!
Karl (@karl_delo)

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