Paul McGuire Grimes, creator of Paul’s Trip to the Movies, shares his picks that you need to check out at home.
FYRE FRAUD (Hulu Streaming pick)
The thought of music, private planes, and beautiful people on a gorgeous island that was once owned by Pablo Escobar has a very appealing allure to it for many millenials. The idea of Fyre Festival would be the great new music festival to rival Woodstock and Coachella for a new generation. It was created by business mogul Billy McFarland and hip-hop artist Ja Rule. McFarland hired marketing companies to reach various social media influencers who were powerful enough to spread word. High-profiled models, musicians, and investors signed on given McFarland’s name and the fear of missing out on something that could be potentially massive, aka “FOMO.” Money was flying in fast for festival tickets, housing, food, and yet none of those things actually existed. The clock was ticking by, and by Day One, concertgoers realized the trap they had fallen into at the hands of founder Billy McFarland.
ROMA (Netflix streaming pick)
Roma is Alfonso Cuarón’s latest cinematic achievement following films like Gravity, Children of Men, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He wrote, directed, edited, and was his own cinematographer on it. It takes place in Roma, a middle class neighborhood of Mexico City in the 1970s. It’s an examination of two women trying to get by when their men leave them behind. Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) is the live in maid and nanny for Sofia (Marina de Tavira) and her four children.
BOY ERASED (theatrical release)
Lucas Hedges has secured himself as a promising star on the rise thanks to his work in Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird. In Boy Erased, he continues his string of playing these fractured young men in that transition period of growing up. He plays Jared who realizes his truth of being gay while in college. It’s not an easy discovery, but one that comes with consequences given that his parents are deeply religious with his dad being a local pastor in their Arkansas town. His father is distraught over his son’s news and enrolls him in a gay conversation therapy program. Jared is forced to attend and becomes an eyewitness to the dangers and absurdity that come with these programs.