Over 50 years after Stratton flew into town,
A lovely tribute to this critic of world renown.
Here’s our film history: humour, guts …
Terrific editing, with witty cuts.
Best manual filing system? David’s takes the crown.
Now middle-aged, with nostalgia in their hearts …
Engaging in capers (re: the criminal arts).
Poignant scenes of past-clutching
Are melancholically touching.
Plus a number of genuine, outrageous laughs.
Jasper and others negotiating life in Corrigan’s cage,
With its spectre of inherent racism and bigoted rage.
Performances: universally strong
(Great discovery: Kevin Long).
An assured genre mix of drama, mystery and coming-of-age.
Duty calls Uncle Lee to be uncomfortably dispatched
To his old town. A man emotionally detached.
A heartbreaking meditation
On grief and isolation.
Affleck: devastating, to an extent previously unmatched.
Sirs Ian and Patrick lead a strong cast
In Pinter’s play (from century last).
In turns: funny and bleak.
Is it truth they speak …
About life, memory, and the past?
McConaughey’s Kenny (played as uncouth schlub)
Aspires to make it to mining’s rich club.
His quest for gold
Didn’t have me sold.
Tedious; uninteresting characters (there’s the rub).
Young Félicie, in an orphanage in France,
Has one heartfelt dream: to dance.
A lovely story of persistence
In the face of resistance,
As we see her fight for her chance.
Fathers Rodrigues and Garrpe petition to be deployed …
To investigate (rumours of mentor’s faith destroyed).
It’s a hard slog, I’ll grant,
As we wonder who’ll recant.
But there’s a profundity in Scorsese’s staring into the void.
The story of a life (to struggle, love, yearn …),
Both beautiful and brutal, by turn.
It’s just so exquisite,
It demands a revisit.
A masterpiece; a staggering slow burn.
Young Moana: for future Chief role, she’s groomed.
But new problems mean her island might be doomed.
The film’s an inspiring creation:
Delightful story, songs, animation …
And displays of bravery and grit when problems loomed.