I found it very hard to connect with the story, situations or with any… MoreI found it very hard to connect with the story, situations or with any of the characters. I had my teenage films, this is this generation's film, I get that but we all go through the same things, nothing has changed that dramatically. So stop listening to our music (get your own), cheer up and stop being so bloody selfish! This is of course the natural reaction of someone who doesn't fully remember what it was like to be that age any more but with the not great memory that I do have, I don't remember it being that bad. 'Serious teen drama' is almost a contradiction in terms, nothing is as serious as it seems to us at that age and to write a book/make a film along those lines is basically the result of an adult making money out of teenagers misery and awkwardness. Do yourselves a favour kids, don't bother with the book or film, call round a friends house and go out and have some fun while you're young and care free. Just make sure you tidy your room first.
That was Annette Bening? Throughout the film I thought it was… MoreThat was Annette Bening? Throughout the film I thought it was Catherine O'Hara. Weird. Anyway, Ruby Sparks, good film. A cross between Sim0ne and Weird Science but without any of the computer nonsense (and in the case of Weird Science, not as fun). So basically Weird Science for the kids that prefer poetry rather than the pursuits of getting laid. I jest. It's a perfectly lovely sci-fi romance that you don't have to be a Star Trek fan to understand. Interesting to see that it was written by Ruby Sparks herself, Zoe Kazan. A bit egotistical casting yourself as your own idea of nice guy's object of desire but I guess you need that kind of self-promotion/confidence to make it in Hollywood. She's written a good story so why not. Actually, the story is flawed and the last scene isn't very good or at least not the best idea I think she could have come up with, although I liked the way it got a bit dark towards the end. The eclectic cast was great and if Elliott Gould was everyone's psychologist then there would be nothing wrong with the world.
I have quite a few issues with Now is Good. Apart from asking yet… MoreI have quite a few issues with Now is Good. Apart from asking yet again, why not cast an English actress in a British film (there are quite a few around) what was going on with the locations? London, Brighton, Dover...make you're mind up, where are we? It's not just the audience who don't know where they are it seems though, most of the characters are unbelievable but some, such as Olivia Williams's scatty Mother, were just plain cartoonish. The acting is not of the best quality and it really should have been considering the subject matter. Paddy Considine just about comes through unscathed but I'm not sure it's done him any career favours. Worst of all the casting is Jeremy Irvine. He is as wooden as a tree and was obviously cast for his looks, a huge mistake in my opinion as he looks like a brat. The story is actually quite good, it just hasn't been made into a particularly good film. All attempts at emotional manipulation (I cried, therefore it's good) fail miserably towards the end, you're glad it's over by the time you should be reaching for the tissues.
I absolutely adore this film. Little Rodrigo Noya does a great job and… MoreI absolutely adore this film. Little Rodrigo Noya does a great job and was terribly overlooked at various 2004 award ceremonies! It's a crime this film isn't better known as it easily one of the best films in the last ten, maybe even twenty years! I hate the phrase 'Coming of age' but this is what this film is classed as, as little Valentin discovers who his parents really are, what family is about and how one becomes an Astronaut. Heaped in charm and absolutely brilliant!
Many would suggest that Amarcord is now a little dated, maybe it is… MoreMany would suggest that Amarcord is now a little dated, maybe it is but what a time. This film is hilarious and riddled with classic funny scenes that you've just got to love. Fellini's childhood, warts and all, are remembered here, all fondly, no matter what regret or want to forget exist. It is a magical window into the life of a colourful village set in the 1930's, with all walks of life, emotion and personal issues covered. The scenes on Fascism are piratically poignant and all though it can seem a little 'Carry on' at times, there is nothing I can say I dislike about it, quite the opposite in fact.
Heartbeats is seductively subtle both in its humour and in its drama.… MoreHeartbeats is seductively subtle both in its humour and in its drama. I didn't 'lol' but I did titter and smile through-out, which is better I think. Monia Chokri and Xavier Dolan are brilliant as best friends in competition, never auguring but saying a thousand words with a few glances and gestures. It's also seductive visually, not just because everyone is disgustingly beautiful but because Xavier Dolan has such a talent at such a young age, it's clear to see he was born to do this. Sure his influences may be obvious but there is no mistaking his understanding of what works and his own ideas. The last 10 minutes is brilliant brilliant brilliant cinema, very chic, very sophisticated and very charming. I absolutely loved it. Xavier Dolan is a film maker to watch out for!
Gregg Araki parodies himself and goes back to his bi-curious sci-fi… MoreGregg Araki parodies himself and goes back to his bi-curious sci-fi roots. Such a shame really as Mysterious Skin was so clever. It's middle-American teenage angst nonsense really, about as deep as a puddle and just as interesting. At least Nowhere takes the piss out of itself. Gregg Araki needs to stop hanging around with John Waters, I blame him for this silliness.
I read John Dies at the End about a year before I saw the film. I… MoreI read John Dies at the End about a year before I saw the film. I wondered how the hell anyone would adapt it into film and the answer is clear. You can't. Not properly anyway, but that said Don Coscarelli did pretty well. Much of the film was instantly recognisable from the book, in that sense it is a faithful translation but there just isn't enough of it. Coscarelli didn't include enough of the story in the film and so left out so much that goes on to explain a little further as to what the hell is actually happening. I do think he did enough for people to know what did happen at the end though, if you watch it and still don't know then it's because you're too used to watching formulaic rubbish that has closed your mind somewhat. Without wanting to ruin anything for you, the clue is in the title! I do wish the film was adapted into a trilogy, then the whole story could have been told, we could have had more character development (rather than character merger) and it wouldn't have felt like such an anti-climax. Shame, this was supposed to be the next big cult film.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a good place to start if you are unaware of… MoreAi Weiwei: Never Sorry is a good place to start if you are unaware of who he is and what he does. For someone that has followed him for years, it doesn't bring you much apart for full access to his private and some work life. It's great to see and works as a brilliant companion piece to all the work of his that I've seen. I recommend it to anyone with interest in politics and art and those with an open mind. My only criticism is that it didn't answer the big question, What happened to him in those months he disappeared and how has it changed him? I guess it's too early to really know but I hope he gets back to his old self soon, the world needs him, even though the world doesn't necessarily realise it.
Don Siegel's original Body Snatchers paved the way for so many… MoreDon Siegel's original Body Snatchers paved the way for so many horror/Sci-fi classics. It's not my favourite version but it is one of my favourite B-movies from the era, mainly due to the realistic performances that were slightly more convincing than many others of the time. The key to this great horror is the utter hopelessness. Political messages can be found but context can be applied to almost anything but ignore all that, this is a clever Alien invasion film, sit back and enjoy.