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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Happy End (2017)

Haneke’s multi-gen family drama (in Calais),

Where young Eve’s brought in to the miserable fray …

(Here Harduin impresses).

Dark humour (re: the stresses).

Somewhat patchy, but ends in a splendid way.

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Fun Mom Dinner (2017)

Talented leads wasted, and the shenanigans seem

So contrived (many a well-worn theme).

Problems with pacing / mood shifts,

Where the energy drifts.

Levine’s acting: it’s wooden (to the extreme).

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The Teacher (2016)

Dubious methods; abuse of power (here, they’re focal).

Things get sticky when some parents are secretly vocal

About this quid pro quo situation.

A study in manipulation,

And a thoughtful morality tale about corruption (local).

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