Posts Tagged ‘film review’

Star Trek: Discovery


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

From the very first scenes, it’s clear that Star Trek: Discovery isn’t so much about exploring strange, new worlds or seeking out new life and new civilizations as it is about emphasizing the resourcefulness and cleverness of humans in dire situations. And as Discovery develops, it becomes very clear that the element of human ingenuity, combined with the strongly ingrained idea of rule-and-protocol-following and poor crisis training, is going to be a disaster. …

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Star Trek: Discovery


Why Valerian bombed


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

How could Valerian fail? Luc Besson, $200 million budget, the stills and clips I saw beforehand were visually spectacular. And then I watched it last night. I would have fallen asleep if the flashing colors hadn’t made my eyes hurt. Besson made a movie with fantastic visuals, but he forgot to include little details like a sensible plot and relatable characters and some motivation for wanting the characters to succeed; it’s like being given the job of making a cake, not bothering with substance, and building an elaborate confection out of nothing but marzipan and lots and lots of food coloring. …

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Valerian, 2017 film

Atomic Blonde


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Short form: I wish there were more thrillers that had such great lighting, interesting characters, adult plot, and which did such a beautiful job of treading the line between suspension of disbelief and failure to suspend disbelief. If you like action movies, go see it unless you are allergic to 80s music and beautifully choreographed but intense violence. …

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Atomic Blonde, 2017 film



(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I was a little apprehensive because when one sees films long after their original release date, especially films that relate to topical matters, one can be disappointed because the film seems dated in its look and the material irrelevant. So I was pleasantly surprised, stunned even, to find it to be thoroughly modern and utterly gripping from beginning to end. It portrays so realistically how governments use the police, security services, and organizations of thugs to disrupt peace and social justice advocates. This is a phenomenon that transcends time and nations and is something that the US has long experienced. As the film’s famous ‘anti-disclaimer’ states at the beginning, “Any resemblance with real events, or people dead or living is not accidental. It is deliberate.” …

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Z, 1969 film

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)

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