GEMINI (2017)

Elissa Suh is a general badass, writer, film critic and cool person. You can read more of her musings on movies on her site: MOVIEPUDDING but for now here are two of her picks for this month


A lo-fi L.A.-set noir circling around a movie starlet Heather (Zoe Kravitz) and her devoted assistant Jill (Lola Kirke). Their relationship ruptures when a gruesome violence turns up a dead body and Gemini leans into the sleepy terror of SoCal noir, slipping poor Jill into the prime suspect slot of this wrong-(wo)man film. John Cho plays the detective in pursuit while the director Aaron Katz gives a bleary-eyed wink to some genre tropes: there are bigshot movie producers, affably gruff, and a spurned boyfriend that looks like he lives in squalor at the Chateau Marmont. Winding hills, gated homes — glamorous but muted, like the broad appeal of an Instagram filter, though part of the point. This elegant and easy-going film gives a very 21st century spin on the detective who-dunit, examines the frail nature of female friendships and the deadliness of celebrity.