Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Movies You Aught to See: The United States of Leland

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

The United States of Leland
Directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge
Released April 2, 2004

It’s hard to describe the incredible impact of this film. The story is tragic, based on an incomprehensible situation with a number of people struggling to make sense of and comes to terms with it. It boasts one of the most powerful endings I have ever seen, and it probes and provokes meaningful questions. Ryan Gosling is mesmerizing as the title character, and Jena Malone delivers an astonishing performance. It’s also a terrific showcase for ensemble players Chris Klein, Michelle Williams, Martin Donovan, Lena Olin, and Kevin Spacey. It is a must-see film that precious few have had the chance to see, and easily one of the most underrated films of the past decade.

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

Abe, this movie looks really cool! I'm definitely going to watch it!