Archive for the ‘Movie’ Category

How The Fifth Element Subverted Sci-Fi Movies


(Atlantic Culture) – David Sims:

Twenty years before Valerian, Luc Besson’s visually stunning Fifth Element hinged its story not on action or violence, but on love. …

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The Fifth Element, 1997 film

Janeane Garofalo


(Guardian Film) – Bim Adewunmi:

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo. …

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Janeane Garofalo

My Cousin Rachel


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

In Roger Michell’s highly enjoyable thriller based on the Daphne du Maurier novel a mean and manipulative widow exploits her feline sexuality. …

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My Cousin Rachel (2017 film)

Subversive Feminism


(The Guardian) – Zoe Williams:

Yes, the new Wonder Woman movie sees its titular heroine sort of naked a lot of the time. But the film-makers have still worked to turn sexist Hollywood conventions on their head. …

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman



(FTB) – Mano Singham:

On Friday I saw the new film Risk produced and directed by award-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, who won the Academy Award for Citizenfour, the film about Edward Snowden and his leaks. The focus this time is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and unlike the earlier one, the narrative structure of this film is, to say the least, a bit confused. But that is not due to the lack of skill of Poitras but due to the fact that after she started filming it, the story went off in many directions and she too became part of it. …

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Risk (2016 film)

Queen of Science Fiction


(Guardian Film) – Vanessa Thorpe:

With her role as a cyborg in Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson has sealed her position as our favourite space invader. …

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Ghost in the Shell, 2017 film

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Allan Karlsson has a passion for just two things: drinking and blowing things up with explosives. This combination results in his life, quite serendipitously, intersecting with those of General Francisco Franco, J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project on the nuclear bomb, Harry Truman, Josef Stalin, Ronald Reagan, and Herbert Einstein, Albert’s extremely dim bulb of a brother. For part of the time he also stumbles into becoming a Cold War double agent, working for both the CIA and the KGB.

This film is riotously funny. …

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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Beauty and the Beast: Feminist or Fraud?


(Guardian Film) – Zoe Williams:

Has Disney really turned Beauty and the Beast into a feminist fairytale? Or is it all just posh frocks and women’s work with a slice of Stockholm syndrome thrown in? We delve beneath the furry facade. …

theguardian 2017/mar/19 feminist-or-fraud

Personal Shopper


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

Kristen Stewart is outstanding as a haunted fashion-biz assistant in Olivier Assayas’s enigmatic ghost story and quarterlife character study. …

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Personal Shopper

Get Out


(Guardian Film) – Lanre Bakare:

Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed low-budget shocker Get Out became a surprise hit and showed viewers a terrifying look at the fractured myth of a post-racial US. …

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Get Out, 2017 film