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The High Note

Published May 31, 2020

The High Note

I hadn’t even heard of this film going into it, but we’re always up for a music movie and this looked like it could be good. I’ve not been a big fan of Dakota Johnson in the past (can’t remember why now…) but she was great in this - torn between her loyalty to Grace and her desire to be something more.

Downhill

Published May 7, 2020

Downhill

I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus carries this film incredibly well, she’s got exactly the right mix of frustration, sadness, desperation, but loyalty and her facial expressions are on point. Will Ferrell seems completely out of place in this movie, totally mis-cast. The dark comedy doesn’t really come out of him well in this, and he plays a very wooden character so that it’s hard to see the motivation and thus hard for JLD to have anything to bounce off of.

The Assistant

Published May 2, 2020

The Assistant

This film is slow, and thoughtful, and introspective and really, on the face of it, nothing much happens. So I can totally see that this’ll be a film people love or hate. I thought it was brilliant. Firstly, I was in exactly the right mood for this. Tired after an exhausting week, just watching someone go about their day was soothing.

Misbehaviour

Published April 19, 2020

Misbehaviour

I didn’t know about this Miss World demonstration or the events surrounding it so it was interesting to see the drama that unfolded before and after the protest. The film does a good job of displaying the hopes and dreams of everyone involved and the acting cast do a stellar job with a delicate story.

Midway

Published April 17, 2020

Midway

Based on nothing but my faith in Roland Emmerich, I purchased this film and was quite looking forward to it. What a let down! It made no sense, bombing sequence after bombing sequence, flitting here and there, and not really making any progress with the plot. They were explaining things but I couldn’t follow it.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Published April 11, 2020

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

I love this movie. It’s not a good film, I grant you, but it’s a cult classic and one of my favourites. Good ol’ Kevin Costner wielding the bow and arrow, against Alan Rickman’s incredibly camp Sheriff. Actually, the film stood up better than I thought it would, although the first half really does seem low budget - the sets are so obviously put together, it’s wild.

Just Mercy

Published April 11, 2020

Just Mercy

It’s hard to describe this movie. It’s powerful, awful, perfect. Jordan is great as the lawyer who is doing great work but remains humble. Foxx does a good turn of wronged but realistic, quiet but all the more moving for it.

Saturday Night Fever

Published April 3, 2020

Saturday Night Fever

Obviously, the music is epic, and you can easily see John Travolta outperforming everyone around him, but otherwise it was pretty boring, hasn’t aged at all well, no one in it is a particularly nice character, and I know that that only gets worse as the story progresses.

Military Wives

Published March 27, 2020

Military Wives

It’s a great way of showing the side of the story for those left behind, but also that there’s a great bond of friendship for people thrust together in unusual circumstances. Funny moments, sad moments, breakthroughs, arguments, tantrums and ultimately an inspirational performance. Perfect.

The Banker

Published March 26, 2020

The Banker

This was a really good film, great cast, with Samuel L Jackson stealing the show at every opportunity. He’s the backbone of a movie that does a great job at explaining the maths behind it whilst also being entertaining and moving - the inequality on display is just the worst.