We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Director: Stacie Passon
Year Released: 2018
Homely Merricat (Taissa Farmiga) lives with her shut-in sister Constance (Alexandra Daddario) and paraplegic Uncle Julian (Crispin Hellion Glover) in a mansion - their wealthy parents died years ago due to mysterious circumstances - and are widely hated and mocked by the townsfolk; one day their cousin Charles (Sebastian Stan) drops by and refuses to leave in order to get the family fortune. Based on the final novel by Shirley Jackson (who wrote one of my favorite short stories, "The Lottery") it's presented as a highly pessimistic (and, to my mind, overly simplified) view of human nature - let's pick on the freaks! - but it moves smoothly, and the eccentric nature of the three main characters - Merricat buries trinkets in the yard and chants magic spells, Julian blames outside noise on his inability to write, Connie develops a bizarre crush on Charles - is interesting in itself. It's probably the best performance I've seen from Daddario since season one of True Detective (fully utilizing her chipper nature to mask her character's neuroses), and Glover spices up everything he's in (for better or worse).