Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

10 thoughts on...Spider-Man: Homecoming

  1. I can't believe I've seen so many superhero films this year...I'm not quite sure why this is other than I'm buying into the hype more than I ever did. Sadly I've been mostly dissatisfied with the trips, although entertained. I like my films with a bit of artistry which I feel is compromised in these films for wide audience appeal...
  2. ...thankfully they have been proving consciously diverse in their representations. Here the school is a wonderful melting pot of people that is rare on screen.
  3. I'm always glad to see Gwyneth Paltrow pop up on screen.
  4. I did enjoy the film but I did miss the larger presence of a relatively (in terms of comic book films) strong female character such as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane. She was fantastic.
  5. Tobey Maguire may still be my favourite Spider-Man, although Tom Holland is incredibly charismatic.
  6. Is it wrong to find Tom attractive?!
  7. Michael Keaton is always fun to watch. Side note: deserved the Oscar for Birdman
  8. That scene in the car with Tom Holland and Michael Keaton is pretty wonderful and feels so unusual in such a big blockbuster film. Three characters in a dialogue driven scene for almost 10-15 minutes. 
  9. I don't know if I need another superhero movie in my lift for a while...
  10. ...but I am tempted to rewatch Sam Raimi's Spiderman.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017


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Monday, July 03, 2017

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

10 thoughts on...Baby Driver

  1. Edgar Wright jumps to the top of my list of directors I'd love to see make a movie musical.
  2. Lily James is a star. I wish she had more to do in this film (and a shame the standard love interest role exists in an otherwise progressive film) but when she's on screen it's wonderful.
  3. The first half of the film is fantastic - an exhilarating blend of filmmaking techniques that results in something special. Sadly the second half falls apart as characters developed dictated by story and nothing quite feels right.
  4. When will we see Kevin Spacey stretch his talent again?
  5. An obvious point but what a soundtrack!
  6. I'd like an alternative version where Drive meets Baby Driver. Perhaps they're both going for the same heist?
  7. I don't think I've ever wanted to drive fast in an expensive car. I don't get it.
  8. It's always nice to have Monsters Inc. referenced. An underrated Pixar movie.
  9. I love how much fun Jon Hamm has with his film choices. And he's always good, even here when he's given an underdeveloped role that doesn't quite convince in its twists and turns.
  10. Jamie Foxx didn't deserve that ending...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Top of the class. 2017 so far.

1. The Red Turtle
2. Jackie
3. Elle
4. Get Out
5. Aquarius

1. Pablo Larraín for Jackie
2. Jordan Peele for Get Out
3. Michäel Dubok de Wit for The Red Turtle
4. Park Chan-wook for The Handmaiden
5. Paul Verhoeven for Elle

1. Sônia Braga for Aquarius
2. Natalie Portman for Jackie
3. Isabelle Huppert for Elle
4. Dhruv Ganesh for Loev 
5. Viola Davis for Fences

Friday, June 30, 2017


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My favourite moments in The Greatest Showman trailer x4

Dancing in the moonlight, movie stars falling in love (at first sight?), movie stars singing and the circus. I'm excited.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

10 thoughts on...Hampstead

  1. Diane Keaton is a star. And one of my favourites. I hope that she has the opportunity to flex her acting muscles. Although I'll continue to watch her in anything. 
  2. Brendan Gleeson is a great actor. And perfectly cast as the loveable rogue. 
  3. London looks idyllic. How lucky am I to be living in this city?! It's nice to be reminded of how great it is at a time of heightened security and the recent violence.
  4. Lesley Manville deserves better roles. Was Another Year not enough to encourage filmmakers to give her more to do? Such a shame to see her wasted.
  5. I want to secretly live in Hampstead Heath and be given ownership of it after 12 years.
  6. Maybe it was the reflection on what is a 'home' or perhaps it's Diane's loft, but this reminded me very much of Paddington. I can't wait for the sequel, with Brendan again.
  7. I can't believe Diane bought that buret!
  8. The best performance of the film comes from Jason Watkins. He's always terrific (W1A, The Twits at the Royal Court, Stranger Interlude at the National Theatre) and elevates his scenes wonderfully. 
  9. Joel Hopkins is delivering entertaining, escapist romantic comedies that he'll never be praised for. They may not change cinema but, especially with Last Chance Harvey, they have a genuine heart. I'm a fan.
  10. I'm also a fan of lighthearted films focused on people over fifty. I've read a handful of pieces recently criticising these types of films for not delivering something more highbrow for 'older' audiences. Firstly, these films are for everyone and secondly there are enough highbrow films in the world. Let us have a little fun.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Essential cinema.

Beautiful. Hypnotic. Heartfelt.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Top of the class. Films of the 21st century (thus far).

Following the recent spurge of lists celebrating 21st century filmmaking, starting with the New York Times, I thought I'd throw my own list out into the ether. On a given day any of these other films could have made the list: 45 YearsArrival, Before Sunset, Blue is the Warmest ColourBridget Jones' Diary, Brooklyn, Carol, City of God, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Dogtooth, Drive, La La LandMarie Antoinette, The Master, Moonlight, Son of SaulSynedoche New York, Toy Story 3 and Under the Skin. Plus so many more!

  1. The Great Beauty
  2. Moulin Rouge!
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Two Days, One Night
  5. Certified Copy
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  7. Frances Ha
  8. Bridesmaids
  9. The Piano Teacher
  10. The Lives of Others

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Friday, June 09, 2017

10 thoughts on...Wonder Woman.

1. Regardless of the quality, it's important that a woman directed this big budget film
I hope to live in a world where this isn't noteworthy but for now it most definitely is. And we should celebrate this until some more talented non-white male directors are hired to direct tentpole films.

2. It is good. But is not that good.
I flocked to the film because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Sadly I was disappointed. Yes it's a great piece of entertainment with a feminist bent but it falls into the traps of the average blockbuster film - namely senseless action and over plotting. A shame.

3. Robin Wright deserves to be a movie star
Firstly, her character is one with scars and who ages. And kicks ass in a way usually reserved for men. She is totally convincing and I'm glad to hear rumours she'll return for other DC films. Secondly, I wish she was a massive movie star in the vein of (the ultimate) Nicole Kidman. Can people start giving her the movies now?!

4. That shopping scene
This is the scene I've been obsessive with since watching the film. How wonderful to have such a traditionally female-centred sequence in a filmed genre usually aimed at young men?! And for it to have a pointed reference to society's determination to box-in women?! Terrific.

5. Those headpieces
My favourite and least favourite piece(s) of costume jewellery in recent cinema.

6. Gal Gadot
A charismatic lead that almost makes you think the clunky dialogue she's giving to perform. Her best work was alongside Chris Pine, who perfectly fit the mould of spunky love interest. I'm less excited about seeing her alongside other DC superheroes.

7. The villains
Why couldn't Wonder Woman have fought against young, white men? Were the team afraid that the core audience would feel emasculated? That would have been more interesting.

8. Elena Anaya as Dr. Poison
If her character name didn't give it away, Elena Anaya has very little to do other than be evil. Sadly she's not even very impressive as she doesn't get to fight Wonder Woman herself. She has one moment to reveal a hint of character but Elena deserves much more. 

9. Why is Wonder Woman called Wonder Woman?
Genuine question as the film never explains.

10. Historical super hero films are fun
I'm all for this. Perhaps someone could go back and set Batman in the 80s again? 

Friday, June 09, 2017



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