Monday, July 31, 2017

An image to treasure.

I've no idea what Michelle Pfeiffer is doing, but I like it.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Monday, July 31, 2017

An irresistible question.

'Are you judging Pakistan's Next Top Model?'

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Sunday, July 30, 2017

10 thoughts on. The Beguiled.

  1. This isn't the film I was expecting or hoping for. It feels a bit like Sofia Coppola had a jolly with some friends and made an enjoyable film without aspirations for more...but this could have been great! I'd be the first to defend filmmakers/films that don't give audiences easy guidance but this film too often forgets to care about its characters, instead it just wants to look atmospheric and make sure the audience enjoys the repressive campiness of it all...
  2. ...and there is joy in the camp. Nicole Kidman in particular seems to relish the delivery of her dialogue or moments of her wistful leader. This is Stoker territory, although nothing quite reaches those joyfully camp heights! 
  3. Colin Farrell isn't a great actor. Yes he gives some good performances (In Brudges, The Lobster) but he needs a certain type of direction it seems. Here he's a bit lost until the final act. He also needs to x as many words are lost in his delivery.
  4. Sofia Coppola is better than this.
  5. I'd love to see Pedro Almodovar or Lara Von Trier do a version of this. Or Alfred Hitchcock if we can go back in time. The latter would have definitely made something wonderful.
  6. Kirsten Dunst deserves more roles that showcase her considerable talents. Here she provides the needed emotional trajectory to offer a more complex perspective on events, her tragedy is refreshing in the film.
  7. Imagine Kristin Scott Thomas in the role of Miss Martha?! Not that I'd rob the world of many more terrific Kidman gifs.
  8. I think I've seen enough beautiful trees in sunshine or mist to last me the rest of the year.
  9. It would have been fun to have had a contemporary or more daring soundtrack.
  10. I can't believe I didn't like, let alone love, this film.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Top of the class. Kirsten Dunst performances.

I've always been a huge fan. And am about to watch The Beguiled, so here we go...
  1. Melancholia
  2. Marie Antoinette
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Bachelorette
  5. The Virgin Suicides
  6. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  7. Spider-Man
  8. An Interview with a Vampire
  9. Bring It On
  10. Hidden Figures

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

10 thoughts on...Dunkirk

  1. Dunkirk is a definitive war film. 
  2. Cinema is as exciting as it's ever been right now with filmmakers telling all types of stories in brave ways. La La Land, Moonlight, Jackie, Red Turtle, Baby Driver all jump to mind along with Dunkirk.
  3. It's a shame there wasn't a prominent female character. Surely Mark Rylance's boat could have had one?!
  4. What a terrific cast, Tom Glenn's-Carney and Mark Rylance were particularly strong I thought. Despite anticipating they're 'fish out of water to save Britain' broad tone in the trailer, it actually felt like a natural and compelling within the film.
  5. I don't think I'll ever be Christopher Nolan's biggest fan but his direction here is magnificent...
  6. ...I still don't think he should be writing dialogue and his sentimentality needs more sophistication. But with a film so overwhelmingly powerful you can forgive it these relatively small flaws. (But I do hope he has a female-led film soon!)
  7. Hans Zimmer's contribution to Nolan's films continues to be one of the greatest collaboration in contemporary film. His use of Edward Elgar's music made my heart sore.
  8. War is awful. Although I'm not sure this film has a strong view on that.
  9. It seems odd but the films this conjured up in mind as comparisons are The English Patient, Brief Encounter, Titanic, Beau Travail and Red Turtle. I guess water and Britishness were the theme.
  10. Surely this will be a big Oscar player? Picture, Director, Script, Cinematgoraphy, Sound, Sound Editing, Editing and Score (if allowed) must be within reach...

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...