Posts tagged The Keeping Room
Miss Stevens

Miss Stevens is a film that I didn't think I'd see again.  It is joyous, full of heart and populated with a believable, relatable cast of characters that subtlety draws you in, breaks your heart and then pops it back together again.  The directorial debut of Julia Hart is plainly wonderful.

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Everest

Climbing is one of those things that most see people look at and think "Why?"  It is dangerous, requires a high level of skill and physical fitness.  It involves being very high up with not much more than a rope, reinforced ballet slippers and a mate who you hope will catch you when you slip.  It is a truly wonderful thing.  The feeling of being on the rock, having the confidence of gripping or standing on an edge no wider than a credit card is beyond exhilarating.  I wish I was good enough to do a mountain.  Which is why the very names of the great mountains elicit awe in even people who have never even been to their local climbing centre.  Everest is the great popular mountain.

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Slow West

Having grown up with Westerns, you'd think I'd come to them predisposed to loving them.  Not so much.  For every good Western, there are a saddlebag of worthless entries to go alongside.  But, the Western is the one genre where, against the backdrop of a huge, never ending sky, just about any tale can be told.  The Western in itself has been around since before cinema and hold a place etched in the public's mind.  Given that the period depicted in most Westerns, normally called "The Old West", lasted only about four years, it has been a magnet for our imagination since the dime novel of the 19th Century.  The Western has evolved, slowly, from Cowboys and Indians, to White Hats versus Black Hats, to Revisionism and then to Realism. 

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The Keeping Room - LFF Review

The American Civil War in popular history is remembered as one of the "Good Wars".  The North fighting for emancipation and freedom, the South for slaves, cotton and molasses.  And to a greater and lesser degree, that was the case, the big picture.  The problem with any war is in the detail, there are no good wars.

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