beasts of no nation

The dirty secret of culture writers on movie websites is that most of us don’t write lists to irritate people itching for the comments section. We do it to celebrate a big batch of films. I swear. We want to grab our pom poms for these things, especially the underrated work, and “The Underseen Gem” might as well be Bleecker Street‘s motto.

Cheerleading is exactly what this list is meant to do. Maybe it’s in the right qualitative order. Who knows. I simply want to draw attention to a quality distributor that nonetheless doesn’t get the same religiously whispered street cred as A24 or Annapurna. Led by former Focus Features exec Andrew Karpen, Bleecker Street isn’t as experimental as those outfits, but it still releases compelling, rich features for adult audiences. Whenever someone complains that the mid-budget movie is dead, that the ’90s-style era of solid drama is over, I always want to write “Bleecker Street” on a napkin and slap it on their forehead.

So, no clever introduction (most would skip over it to get to the numbers anyway) hyping their dense output in only 3 years. No hiding my purpose here. Everyone reads lists, so maybe this one will get more people watching their movies.

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Anthropoid Trailer

Right now Christopher Nolan is working on a World War II drama called Dunkirk about Operation Dynamo, which saw the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British, French, Belgian, Polish and Dutch soldiers in the title French city after being completely surrounded by German forces. Cillian Murphy is reteaming with Nolan for the film, but before we get to see a frame of Dunkirk, we’ll get to see the Batman Begins star carry out another famous World War II operation.

Anthropoid tells the true story of the operation of the same name which tasked two Czech soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) with assassinating SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich’s third in command after Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. See how the mission comes together in the first Anthropoid trailer after the jump. Read More »