Films I loved in June 2020

Clarke Peters as Otis and Delroy Lindo as Paul in Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods follows four African-American war veterans returning to Vietnam looking for treasure. It’s wildly uneven with confronting tonal shifts, but I loved it. Lee has long been a master at embedding politics within genre storytelling to create powerful links between the past and the present.
Released on Netflix 12 June 2020

Trace Lysette in Disclosure

Disclosure is an engaging and thorough documentary about the history of how trans people have been represented on screen. It’s a rigorous analysis of the complex relationship between popular culture and social attitudes, and an impassioned statement on the essentiality of visibility.
Released on Netflix 19 June 2020

Julia Garner as Jane in The Assistant

The Assistant depicts a young woman’s work day at a film production company rife with emotional abuse and sexual harassment. It brilliantly captures a toxic culture of complicit submission where complaints are strategically downplayed and everybody is stuck in self-preservation mode.
Released in Australian cinemas 22 June 2020

Thomas Caldwell, 2020