The Beguiled (2017)

Here in the Civil War’s South, seven women and girls reside.

Enter wounded Corporal John, who otherwise would have died.

Both dark and funny (an abundance of wit).

Stunning performances. Gorgeously lit.

Reflections on vengeance, survival, strength and pride.

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Rough Night (2017)

Posted in Comedy by - Jun 16, 2017

Some intermittent laughs here, but not enough to sustain

Its feature length – so it feels the strain

Of many lulls and bumps.

And like that corpse it slumps.

Cast members bring some charisma, but it’s weak in the main.

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Risk (2016)

Poitras’ doco: at times uneven, but with moments of insight.

In Assange (in turns, the darling of the left and then the right)

We see a man full of (ego and) contradictions

Who imposed eleventh hour restrictions.

It feels like there’s much more waiting to come to light.

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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

A perfect film. Unforgettable, in ways most profound.

Beautiful story of two who are inexorably bound.

Gut-wrenchingly divine.

‘… they’re ridiculous?’: the best line.

Exquisite framing. Superb use of music and sound.

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

There’s no racism here, Land of the Free, and other conceits

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats.

Be it in halls of power, schools, prisons, or on the streets

Are exposed here, through the power

Of Baldwin’s words: not only of his hour …

As we learn here that sadly, maddeningly: history repeats. Read More

Madame (2017)

Unlucky thirteen, so Anne coerces Maria to pass

As a member of the Spanish noble class.

De Palma’s work here is fearless.

Fab Collette’s nostril-flaring: peerless.

Much fun to be had. Oh, the dinner table farce!

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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

A Syrian asylum seeker in Finland rolls the dice …

Should he stay on, or will he pay a price?

Khaled’s backstory: it’s most tragic.

There’s some dry humour that’s magic

(And a preposterous ratio of wasabi-to-rice).

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Blue (2017)

Ghost nets, pollution, over-fishing: we see how each harms

Our precious oceans (which aren’t infinite farms).

Here are lessons re the drastic

Consequences of plastic.

A excellent doco. Depressing, but also an urgent call to arms.

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Most Beautiful Island (2017)

Luciana’s doing it tough in NYC (feels dejected)

In this debut that takes us places unexpected.

Terrifically tense

Levels of suspense

When there’s little choice but to do what’s directed.

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Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Relentless look at unwell Ingrid and her staging

Of desperate acts designed to promote engaging

(Like a stalker) with the anointed.

I was left disappointed …

A painful-to-watch lead. The predictability: enraging.

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