A man driving the same direction for two hours. There are no car chases or big set pieces just one person taking phone calls as he drives along the freeway. The setup sounds boring but once Locke (UK/USA, 2013, A24) begins to play, you can’t help but feel engrossed in the story. With Tom Hardy as the titular character, Locke is a great example of what can be accomplished with a good actor and engaging drama.
Available on Amazon Video and Vudu.
The Nice Guys trailer
The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys (USA, 2016, Warner Brothers) was largely overlooked by audiences but it might be one of the most fun movies of the year. The script is entertaining, the action is hilarious, the characters are interesting, and the soundtrack is amazing. It’s a pulpy detective story set in ’70s L.A. that’s lots of fun to watch. With Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, who shows off some great comedic acting, it’s a movie well worth watching.
Available on YouTube and iTunes.
— Cesar Saldana, filmmaker