There’s A ‘Visitor’ At The Catch-22 Hundred Door

In my constant sifting of movies that I’ve considered for the remaining 44 open spots (2,048 through 2,122) of the Catch-22 Hundred Project, things have settled down somewhat, as A] The Melissa Barrera-led movie “Carmen” is expected to fail its assessment and B] The two Sinead O’Connor movies (Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, The Butcher Boy) are both on the outside looking in. And of course, with all of that being said, the expected failure of Carmen and the shaky ground that both Sinead O’Connor movies stand on offer a bit more clarity of what will could/will fill those remaining 44 open spots.

Or so I thought, as Starlet has been traded back to the Movie-Ocrity/Dishonorable Mention page for a movie that is both rich in character development and powerful in conveying the message that systemic shortsightedness is wrong. And as to what that movie is, well it’s The Visitor, which stars character actor extraordinaire Richard Jenkins. 

Okay, so now that I have established The Visitor as being most likely the last ever movie to be pardoned from the Movie-Ocrity/Dishonorable Mention page, it’s time to cite what it has going in its favor via the bullet points below:

  • Richard Jenkins is extraordinary as the lead actor
  • The rich development of all the other characters
  • The ending (which I won’t give away) resonates with me way more now than when I first saw this movie 14 years ago
  • The aspect of unlikely friendship
  • It can work in an evaluation line-up with Persepolis
  • It can be a good complimentary movie to either Money Train, Death Race or The Help

So yeah, The Visitor has six things in its favor, thus making it a viable candidate for one of those 44 spots. Plus, given those six things, it doesn’t need a re-assessment at all, so it’s in a good spot in the pecking order of when it comes time to select for those 44 spots.

The selection process continues.