Thursday, July 31, 2014

I fell in love.

I don't do this very often (the last time being in 2012) but Brie Larson most definitely fits the post's title for her performance in Short Term 12. The film itself suffers from relying on cliches and sentimentality but Larson's performance roots the film in a reality the film too often fights against. She has a natural charm and I can't wait to see her work with Lenny Abrahamson in Room.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kiss.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

10 thoughts on...Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  1. Andy Serkis will be celebrated in the same vein as Charlie Chaplin, Ray Harryhausen, etc. as a pioneer of his field. His work is always impressive, and as powerful as any traditional performance on screen.
  2. There were two left-handed characters on the screen, our human hero and the wise orangutan Maurice. Hoorah.
  3. The common belief that the issue of representation goes hand-in-hand with the issue of diversity behind the scenes can take a hit here. Despite a woman co-writing and co-producing the film, the representation of women is very poor. Both with apes and humans. Keri Russell's purpose seems to be in providing for men (via medicine, support/comfort, food, even when she saves Ceasar's wife's life it seems only to please men), whilst Judy Greer literally goes unnoticed as a female ape.
  4. The action sequences are all impressive, and serve the story more than most blockbusters I've seen recently but the moment where the human hero rescues the medical kit deserves applause in particular. I don't know Matt Reeves but this bit alone makes me excited to see more of his action work. But not Let Me In.
  5. The human characters and conflicts could have been developed a bit more...particularly the family drama which the film itself forgets midway through and the climatic moment where the human hero tries to assist the apes despite his behaviour being totally out of character...
  6. ...but it's forgivable in a blockbuster film where the apes are put in the foreground and some intelligent questions are raised.
  7. Baby apes are cute.
  8. Koba is a completely frightening and believable creation that may keep me awake as I try to sleep tonight. Impressive.
  9. Perhaps I should watch the original film. Or original films.
  10. Will the next film be overstuffed with action?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pause.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Smile.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kiss.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Top of the class. Mark Ruffalo performances.

Mark Ruffalo is easily one of my favourite male actors working today and his roles have been incredibly varied, including his two recent leading roles in The Normal Heart and Begin Again - both of which prove that he can easily hold a film and should continue to do so in future.

I've only one note on this list...I should see You Can Count on Me. Otherwise enjoy.

10.  13 Going on 30

9. Shutter Island

8. The Avengers

7. Begin Again

6. Blindness

5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

4. Margaret

3. Zodiac

2. The Normal Heart

1. The Kids Are Alright

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

10 thoughts on...Begin Again

  1. I'm not exactly sure why but I had never given John Carney much credit for his work on Once. Evidently he deserves as much if not more credit for that film as he has successfully infused that same sense authenticity into a bigger budget and a creative group further removed from the world of music-making he's depicting. The camerawork and energy is particularly spot-on. Kudos.
  2. Mark Ruffalo is such a charming leading man. After watching The Normal Heart and this in quick succession I am ready to crown him a new Hollywood leading man.
  3. The music really isn't great. And in comparison to Once it is instantly forgettable. Which is a shame for a film that is all about finding this 'true' musical talent.
  4. The sequence where Ruffalo and Keira Knightley listen to her guilty pleasures whilst roaming New York will forever make me smile. A glorious celebration of music.
  5. As much as she tries it's impossible to call Knightley a great actress. She's good. And does good work here, but she struggles. She always struggles. Thankfully there is charm in watching her on screen despite never convincingly becoming another character. 
  6. Hailee Steinfeld on the other hand is a terrific actor. I can't wait to see more of her.
  7. And Catherine Keener should be in every film.
  8. The costumes in this film are impressive, the characters alter their appearance regularly and it always rings true. 
  9. New York is celebrated as much as Dublin was in Once. A lovely love letter.
  10. I smiled throughout.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Advice on how to act on love.

"No buts Davy, if you love her just go and get her."

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pause.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In a bar x4

Saturday, July 12, 2014

10 moments to cherish...Last Chance Harvey

  1. Emma Thompson's Kate queuing for a London bus and reading a book. She's just like one of us. 
  2. Bronagh Gallagher as Kate's work colleague who sets her up on a blind date (she's so good in Albert Nobbs).
  3. When Kate first meets Dustin Hoffman's Harvey, she asks him to complete a questionnaire and he responds "I'm tired. You know?" Her response believably stops him in his tracks with a stern but simple - "Yes, I do." Thompson's line delivery is spot on. 
  4. The banter between Harvey and Kate as they sit in an airport bar. The style is almost from a 1930s screwball comedy mixed, towards the end, with Richard Curtis-esque romance. Charming.
  5. The stiff upper lip conversation. Thompson's face-making during this is spectacular.
  6. Kate's reference to E. M. Forster and A Room With a View.
  7. The cameo of the National Theatre. (A building that has a very special place in my heart.)
  8. The decision to go to Harvey's daughter's wedding reception, which involves Harvey buying Kate a new dress. Which Thompson looks stunning in and conjures massive amounts of charm.
  9. After emotional declarations, forgiveness from his daughter/her new step father, etc. Harvey plays Kate a piece of music and when it ends simply asks her, "Don't go". She agrees not to and they dance all night. 
  10. Kate's final release of emotion at the end before the promising ending...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Essential cinema.

It's been about two months since I watched Blackfish, a documentary that left me shaken in a that no film (fiction nor non-fiction) has ever done. It's startling subject matter, the corruption of Western culture and society's ignorance all left me feeling hollow. What sort of world do we live in? And what was more shocking is that despite the strong opinion of the documentary filmmaker, the film could not portray the information in any other light than the facts - Sea World has very little to disclaim it. Of course there are some detractors that say it isn't the most sophisticated in terms of its filmmaking, but that strikes me as an almost irrelevant claim with such an important story. I highly recommend it and this is exactly the type of power cinema should have, but be prepared to be heartbroken.