If you're locked up this weekend, here are some tips about the movies – for those who enjoy the winter weather, as well as those who have had enough – by the Seattle Times film critic Moira Macdonald.
Need some movies to watch this snowy weekend while you're locked up? Here are some ideas for those who enjoy the winter weather and those who dream of the sun.
"A simple plan" (1998). A cold and breathless thriller set in the snowy rural Minnesota, based on a classic dilemma: what would you do if you ran into a pile of money? Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton act like two very different brothers.
"Day of the marmot" (1993). We spent the real Groundhog Day at the start of this month, but if you did not celebrate looking at Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell making a snowman (over and over again), you missed something. Not too late!
"Fargo" (1995). Say "winter film" and many of us immediately focus on this Coen Bros. classic, set in Minneapolis and with Frances McDormand as pregnant, police chief, Marge Gunderson.
"The winter bone" (2010). Jennifer Lawrence breaks into the scene in this atmospheric drama set in the Ozark mountains and with a teenager trying to save her family from eviction.
"Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner" (2002). An art house hit 17 years ago, this wonderful film is based on an Inuit legend; you will not soon forget the captivating view of his main character, running naked on a plain streaked with snow.
To warm up
"Mr. Ripley's talent" (1999). The Italian coast bathed by the sun, an extraordinary cast of newly released actors whose names you'll know (Damon, Blanchett, Paltrow, Law, Hoffman), and a tortuous murder story. I feel already hotter.
"Rear window" (1954). It's a hot summer, and a photographer with a broken leg has nothing to do except stare at the neighbors outside the window. This is the simple premise of Hitchcock's masterpiece, with James Stewart and Grace Kelly (in a stunning series of summer dresses by Edith Head).
"Call me by name" (2017). If you missed this Oscar nomination when he was in the cinemas a year ago, give him a look; it is the delicate and melancholic story of a teenager (Timothee Chalamet) who realizes that he is attracted to the charming guest (Armie Hammer) of his family, told in a bright Italian sun.
"Doing the right thing" (1989). Spike Lee's explosive and classic film, set in the hottest day of the year in a Brooklyn neighborhood as allotment and fanatics of bigotry, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.
"Bull Durham" (1988). If baseball is summer for you, take a look at this sexy, sunny romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and a very fun junior team. Likewise, honor the late Penny Marshall with a ceremonial vision of "One of their league" (1992), a charmer of a sports comedy that represents the All-American Girls Baseball League.
Those are just some of my favorites – please play with yours in the comments! Stay warm this weekend!
Correction: this story has been modified with the correct setting of the film "Fargo".