4) First Cow
I needed a movie where I could just drink in the atmosphere, let it surround and engulf me, and First Cow was that film. A simple story about two guys trying to steal milk from a wealthy landowner’s cow, the film is just a breathtaking, captivating sit from start to finish. It’s the type of film where everyone’s motivation is clear, allowing for the film to be suspenseful, but also relatable and fun at the same time. The film plays around with Western tropes, demythologizing the archetypical wanderer and immigrant characters, and presenting the harshness of the west realistically. Despite the realism of the economic poverty shown in the film, it never feels soul crushing. John Magaro and Orion Lee, who play the leads, and director Kelly Reichard navigate this world to find genuine heart, calm, and warm friendship. Little moments in the film speak volumes, whether it’s a tiny bit of humor, or a small gesture that feels human. Finding this warm moments in their harsh environment is why I love this movie, especially now.