Three films: Arrival (2016),  Swiss Army Man (2016), The Free State of Jones (2016)
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Three films: Arrival (2016), Swiss Army Man (2016), The Free State of Jones (2016)

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016) 3/5 – overall, well executed. I really like Denis Villeneuve as a director, but this felt like a step back after Enemy and Sicario. An interesting premise, aliens arrive and each nation spends the film trying to decipher their language, all the while humanity’s fears and unrest cause diplomacy to breakdown … Continue reading

Five films: Imperium (2016), Born to be Blue (2015),The BFG (2016), Mr Turner (2015), The Magnificient Seven (2016)
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Five films: Imperium (2016), Born to be Blue (2015),The BFG (2016), Mr Turner (2015), The Magnificient Seven (2016)

Films I’ve seen this week, my ratings: Imperium (Daniel Ragussis, 2016) 3/5 Good performances, especially Toni Collette. Daniel Radcliff is cast against type as a neo-Nazi undercover FBI agent. Not as interesting for its psychological depth as other films about skinheads (This is England, American History X, Romper Stomper, The Believer), but a fairly entertaining … Continue reading

Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)
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Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)

I can first remember watching Mulholland Drive (2001) when it came out and thinking ‘God, that was the worst Lynch film, or arthouse film, I’ve ever seen – he’s completely lost any interest in telling coherent story.’ But when I rewatched it, after realising that Lost Highway (1997) was kindof meant as a double entendre; one character having a past/duel  experience … Continue reading

Ghostbusters (Paul Fieg, 2016)
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Ghostbusters (Paul Fieg, 2016)

Okay, I realise this is not a sophisticated New Wave arthouse film exploring identity, morality, cultural differences, social issues or other philosophical questions about the meaning of life and art etc., but I think the comparisons between old Hollywood and new Hollywood mainstream entertainment ‘movies’ is always interesting, especially for a film as cultish, iconic and … Continue reading