A Monster Calls (2016)

Posted in Drama, Fantasy by - Jul 24, 2017

A heavy burden hangs over Conor’s head:

Impending loss; an existential dread.

Enter: an anthropomorphic tree.

Can its fables set him free?

Impressive (dark) visuals. Tears to be shed.

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A Ghost Story (2017)

Time, loss and grief (with its profound feeling of sinking).

Watching, there were fluctuations in my thinking:

From ‘I’m gonna cry. Where’s my hankie?’

To ‘Ugh, now this feels wanky.’

To me, a misstep: sheeted neighbour, with memory shrinking.

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Baby Driver (2017)

Posted in Action, Drama, Music by - Jul 23, 2017

Artistry in the choreography (soundtrack with scene).

Elgort: charismatic; battling demons re keeping ‘clean’.

Such questionable character motivations

Relating to some third act situations.

Jones stands out, with the best performance on the screen.

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The Trip to Spain (2017)

Posted in Comedy, Drama by - Jul 23, 2017

As before: big laughs, majestic scenery, lots to eat.

New: added melancholy for Steve (kept discreet).

Highlight: the guys out-swaggering

Each other when Jagger-ing.

Only letdown: dubious end scene (an odd conceit).

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The Beguiled (2017)

Posted in Drama, Sydney Film Festival 2017 by - Jun 18, 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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