Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight. 3 projects. Under 10 minutes.
We’ve got some period pieces this week, and a cop thriller with more drama behind the camera on the production than the movie itself. Let’s start there, with Dragged Across Concrete. Festivals and critics responded well to the filmmaking, but the subject matter and then behind-the-scenes accusations caused the production company to shut down. Casting Mel Gibson always causes controversy, but Dragged Across Concrete’s scandals escalated from its handling of police brutality and racism
The story chose to directly address real-life issues like racial profiling and police brutality, while some of the actual police work is questionable. You be the judge.
Dragged Across Concrete follows two police detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With little money and no options, the embittered policemen descend into the criminal underworld and find more than they wanted, waiting in the shadows. See on Apple, Netflix or Vudu. See Trailer here
Next up, we go back in time to Marie-Antoinette.
Discover who Marie-Antoinette was, what she thought, and what she felt. Far from the usual portrait of the selfish and superficial young queen, discover a modern and progressive woman who gave today's women the opportunity to be who they are. See on PBS, AppleTV, Amazon, or Vudu. See Trailer here
And finally, we flash forward to 1950s London, for a terrific film that flew a bit under the radar. Yes, it was nominated for 2 Oscars, in the Best Lead Actor category for Bill Nighy, and Adapted Screenplay - based on Kurasawa’s Ikaru (1952) - but the movie didn’t get the attention it deserved in terms of a theatrical audience. Worth checking out at home if you missed it.
Overwhelmed at work and lonely at home, a civil servant's life takes a heartbreaking turn when a medical diagnosis tells him his time is short. Influenced by a local decadent and vibrant woman, he continues to search for meaning until a simple revelation gives him a purpose to create a legacy for the next generation. See on Amazon, AppleTV or Vudu. See Trailer here
And that’s a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight this week. Hope you enjoy this week’s picks.