Posts tagged Film Review
You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsey returns with a brutal, difficult film that has a very genuine heart.  Joaquin Phoenix is Joe.  Joe recovers girls who have been trafficked.  When Joe takes on a job to recover the daughter of a New York senator, things take a dark and violent turn.  While not an easy watch, the heart Ramsay and Phoenix instil make this a remarkable film.

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Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson returns with Daniel Day-Lewis (in what is possibly his final role) as Reynolds Woodcock.  Reynolds is a dressmaker in 1950's London whose latest muse, Alma (a sumptuous Vicky Krieps), gets deeper under his skin than he expects or believes is possible.  Phantom Thread is an astonishing acheivement by all involved.

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Baby Driver

For as long as he can remember, the great chase films were whirling around in Edgar Wright's mind (as they do us all).  Great films like Walter Hill’s The Driver, John Landis’ The Blues Brothers and Richard C. Sarafian’s incredible Vanishing Point to name but three.  For twenty odd years, Wright has  wanted to honour them and put his own, very singular, stamp on the genre.  With Baby Driver he has crafted something special, his very own car chase musical.

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Rogue One

Disney's newest gamble is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a film set between the events of Episode III and in the weeks leading up to Episode IV.  Dropping the film into the middle of the cannon is risky and needs a steady hand.  It is a gamble that has paid off, correcting the overkill of Abrams approach and shedding a new and complex light onto the heart of the rebellion.

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La La Land - LFF Review

I went to the cinema the other evening and I cried.  Not a terribly rare occurrence, easily sentimentally manipulated movie-goer that I am.  But this night, I saw something magical.  Film is in itself is a magic trick.  Twenty-four still images being shown to you a second that your brain interpenetrates as movement in the light.  The movement in the light that is La La Land reminded me of what cinema truly can be.

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The Magnificent Seven

The latest remake of The Magnificent Seven is out now.  What ever you do, do not take a shot of mezcal for every western cliche you see, it'll kill you.  It is an enjoyable film but, with all these great pieces in place, it is a cliche ridden missed opportunity that could have been so much better.

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Tickled

When you hear about a documentary about the world of Competitive Endurance Tickling, that response you just had, yep that one just then, was probably the same as mine.  And yet, when you watch David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's film, you see that it is not a film about extreme sports or tickling for that matter, but very much about the state of America, class and the vices of privilege.  Tickled, it is needless to say, is a terribly odd and rather scary journey.

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SPECTRE

A New Bond film is a special thing.  You see all kinds of people excited for something that at the best of times is plain silly fun.  With the forth Daniel Craig Bond film, SPECTRE, upon us, we have been having a bit of a golden time with our old 007.  While I had issues with Skyfall, hopes for the second Sam Mendes Bond are high.  SPECTRE has been out for over a month now and by the half full cinema I saw it in, it is engaging with the masses and raking in a fair amount of coin.  The thing is, I really can't see why?  This is a Bond film that makes no sense whatsoever and that is based against the history of a franchise where sense has never been a reliable commodity.

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