David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

Posted in Documentary by - Feb 16, 2017

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.

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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Posted in Drama by - Feb 16, 2017

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.

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Jasper Jones (2017)

Posted in Drama, Mystery by - Feb 13, 2017

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.

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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Posted in Drama by - Feb 02, 2017

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.

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No Man’s Land (2016)

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Theatre by - Feb 02, 2017

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?

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Gold (2016)

Posted in Drama by - Jan 18, 2017

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).

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Ballerina (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Animated, Family by - Jan 17, 2017

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.

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Silence (2016)

Posted in Drama, History by - Jan 16, 2017

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.

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Moonlight (2016)

Posted in Drama by - Jan 16, 2017

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.

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Moana (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Musical by - Jan 05, 2017

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.

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