Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Each week we are asked to pick three to five films (on the last Thursday of the month we pick TV series this year) to fit the week's theme. This week's theme is small towns. Living in a small myself, my picks are nice films that prove living in such towns isn't that boring, interesting things happen here too.
A History of Violence (2005)
Tom lives a happy and quiet life in a small town in Indiana. Then one night someone tries to rob his diner, he takes action, saves his customers and becomes a local hero. That draws a lot of attention from the media, and his past comes back to haunt him. It's a good and quite horrifying drama about violence, the ability to distinguish good from evil, and whether we know or not those around us.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Lars is a shy and awkward young man who one day finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she isn't real, she is a sex doll Lars bought on the internet. This one is incredibly sweet and touching. It deals with loneliness in such a beautiful way and it finds the perfect balance between humour and drama. And Ryan Gosling is perfect.
Sweet Virginia (2017)
A man walks into a bar and kills three people, shaking the entire community of a small town in Alaska. Turns out he's a hitman and, waiting to cash the payment, he befriends Sam, a former rodeo champ who now owns a motel. This bromance is doomed to fail though as Sam is romantically involved with Bernadette, the widow of one of the victims. It's got a simple story and a slow pace, but it has a lot of suspense and it's quite interesting to follow. Also, Jon Bernthal is great as Sam.