Archive for the ‘Movie’ Category

The Happytime Murders


(Guardian Film) – Guardian staff:

Melissa McCarthy teams up with A Muppet Christmas Carol director Brian Henson for a raucous new film, The Happytime Murders.

The plot imagines a world where humans and puppets coexist until a brutal string of murders occurs. The cast of a kids show, The Happytime Gang, are being killed off and two detectives, played by McCarthy and a puppet, must figure out who is to blame. …

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The Happytime Murders, 2018 film


Rosamund Pike: From Bond Girl to Naive Terrorist


(Guardian Film) – Kate Connolly:

Entebbe sees Rosamund Pike play Brigitte Kuhlmann, who held 248 passengers hostage on an Air France flight in 1976.

Next up she plays the war reporter Marie Colvin, and then the pioneering physicist and chemist Marie Curie. …

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Entebbe, 2018 film

How To Talk to Girls At Parties


(Independent Film) – Kaleem Aftab:

The film‘s been criticised for failing to capture the music scene, but director John Cameron Mitchell explains he just wanted to make a sweet story about love. …

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How To Talk to Girls At Parties, 2017 film

The Young Karl Marx


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I recently watched this film that covers the period when the young Marx became friends with Friedrich Engels, a relationship that lasted a lifetime. It deals with the period from 1843-1849, a time as Marx, his wife Jenny, and his young daughter moved from Paris to Brussels before ending up in London. The film ends with Marx and Engels publishing The Communist Manifesto. …

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The Young Karl Marx, 2017 film

Avengers: Infinity War


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

I went into Avengers: Infinity War with very low expectations, and they were met, so I guess I can’t complain or ask for my money back or scream that Marvel must die, so I’ll just note that comic book movies are facing the same problems that superhero comic books have always had: when you start with a protagonist with incredible powers, where do you go from there? The answer is usually…ever upward. More powers, more powerful villains, more allies with equal or greater powers, and before you know it, the hero who was stopping purse-snatchers and bank robbers in the first issue is now deciding the fate of the entire universe with a league of demi-gods. And gods are boring. …

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Avengers: Infinity War, 2018 film

Phantom Thread


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

This is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad film. I cannot be clearer than that. Anyone who loved this widely praised film that garnered six Academy Award nominations (including for best picture, best actor, best director, and best supporting actress) be warned: you are going to hate this review. My instincts told me not to watch this film. I knew that it dealt with the world of high fashion, something I know little about and care even less. I knew that it was set in the world of the British aristocracy, a group that I despise as pretentious parasites. So why did I overrule my instincts and watch it? It was because Daniel Day-Lewis has acted in some good films and had said that he was retiring and I wanted to see what film he had chosen as his swan song. Also Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 91% rating and Metacritic gave it 90% so I figured that there must be something in it worth seeing.

I was wrong. …

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Phantom Thread, 2017 film

Rachel Getting Married


(Independent Film) – Darren Richman:

Jonathan Demme picked Anne Hathaway out of a crowd to star in his final masterpiece, playing a recovering addict attending her sister’s wedding .

This is a beautiful picture filled with music and warmth even as it addresses the difficulty of recovering from a trauma. Very few films so expertly render the dynamics of a bickering family or the pathos of feeling as though you don’t belong at an ostensibly happy occasion; Demme was a true master of his craft and this is undoubtedly one of his finest works. …

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Rachel Getting Married, 2008 film

Panic Room


(Independent Film) – Darren Richman:

Panic Room is a taut psychological thriller that has aged remarkably well from a filmmaker who rarely puts a foot wrong. …

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Panic Room, 2002 film

Hollywood Rewards a Mass Murderer


(WP Opinions) – Shashi Tharoor:

History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century, yet is the only one, unlike Hitler and Stalin, to have escaped historical odium in the West. He has been crowned with a Nobel Prize (for literature, no less), and now, an actor portraying him (Gary Oldman) has been awarded an Oscar. …

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Darkest Hour, 2017 film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

This excellent documentary celebrates the glamorous Hollywood icon and brilliant engineer whose groundbreaking work led to Bluetooth and WiFi. …

theguardian 2018/mar/09 bombshell

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 2017 film