15. “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” – Anyone semi-coerced into meeting their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s parents will painfully relate to Jessie Buckley’s character in director/writer Charlie Kaufman’s uncomfortable feature. This 20-something (Buckley) is “thinking of ending things” with her relatively-new beau Jake (Jesse Plemons), but she agrees – for some reason – to have dinner with his mom (Toni Collette) and dad (David Thewlis) after a long, sketchy drive in the driving snow. Jake and his folks don’t offer much comfort at their homestead, as Kaufman introduces idiosyncrasies, fears, and anxieties from across the human lifespan. Think “The Twilight Zone” but without many clear answers in a challenging production that leaves a mark…long after it ends.
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