Posts Tagged ‘film review’

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. …

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 2017 film


One of Us


(Patheos::Daylight Atheism) – Adam Lee:

I highly recommend One of Us, an original documentary on Netflix. It’s a quiet, introspective look at the high price of breaking free from a religious community whose beliefs restrict every part of daily life. …

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One of Us, 2017 Netflix film

Blade Runner 2049


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I recently watched this sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner and enjoyed it. It continues the theme of what happens when, in a dystopian future society, technology enables the creation of ‘replicants’, human-like synthetic creatures that are almost impossible to distinguish from human beings. In this film, it explores the possibility that they might become able to reproduce. …

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017 film)

Seeing Allred


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Netflix has released the documentary Seeing Allred on Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney who has been prominent in representing the women who were the victims of odious people like Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. I watched it last night and it was very good. Allred has been a lightning rod for critics, many of whom have accused her of being a publicity-seeking, ambulance-chasing, money grubbing lawyer, exploiting her clients for her own financial benefit and ego.

This film serves as a counter to that narrative, telling the story of her life and why she does what she does. (I wrote last month about the tragic events in her own life as a young woman that started her on the quest to help other abused women.) She comes across as a determined, passionate, indefatigable fighter. What is noteworthy is that throughout her life, she has been on the right side of every civil and rights issue, fighting for equal rights for women, minorities, and the LGBT community long, long before they became mainstream struggles that others joined. …

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Seeing Allred (2018)

Early Man


(Guardian Film) – Steve Rose:

It might be set in the stone age but the latest claymation epic from Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman touches on two of the timeliest issues of the coming year. First, the 2018 World Cup: this is squarely a story about football, and therefore likely to find a global audience even if its sense of humour remains lovably, colloquially English. Second, this is a story concerned with Britain’s sense of history and identity. By accident or design, Aardman have made a Brexit movie! …

theguardian 2018/jan/14 early-man

Early Man, 2018 film

Lady Bird


(Guardian Film) – Benjamin Lee:

In Lady BirdGreta Gerwig tells a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in California with authenticity, warmth and excellent performances from Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. …

theguardian 2017/sep/10 lady-bird

Lady Bird, 2017 film

The Last Jedi and Losing Your Religion


(Patheos::Godless in Dixie) – Neil Carter:

The Last Jedi wasn’t at all what I went into the theater wanting to see, it was in fact a bold and iconoclastic move to create a more grown-up Star Wars universe for an audience who has aged far beyond the worship of its childhood heroes. …

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Thin Blue Line


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

This highly acclaimed documentary by Errol Morris is a grim reminder of how in America, at least in some jurisdictions, so many innocent people are executed or incarcerated for decades because the police and prosecutors care less about the truth than ‘notching up a win’ and closing a case as quickly as they can.

The case so well illustrates that when police and prosecutors severely distort the judicial process in order to get a conviction, it is not just that an innocent person is deprived of life and liberty, as bad as that is, but that a whole lot of random innocent people suffer because of it. In their zeal to convict an innocent man of murder, the Dallas police and prosecutors let the real killer walk free and subsequently commit a string of violent crimes for a decade that ended with another murder. It was only after he was arrested for that second murder that the crime spree ended. The authorities are thus indirectly responsible for all those crimes. …

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The Thin Blue Line, 1988 film



(Guardian Film) – Steve Rose:

A world where orcs and elves live alongside humans is rich in potential and full of resonance, but some fine-tuning is required in this inventive fantasy. …

theguardian 2017/dec/21 bright

Bright, 2017 film

Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

There’s been one question that’s bothered me in every episode since Star Trek: Discovery began: why would anyone want to be on this ship? Everyone is thoroughly expendable; nobody has fun; people have to fight with higher-ups all the time just to do their jobs. Yet right from the outset, we see a side of Star Trek that we rarely see, as the crew has an after-hours party. Burnham, Tilly, Tyler and more show us a personal, non-professional side of themselves that’s charming and disarming, and we learn that Burnham and Tyler like each other. Stamets has completely transformed since he’s begun using himself to power the spore drive, as his mind has truly been expanded. And it’s the crew’s ability to work together as a team while working according to their individual strengths that allows them to overcome Mudd, a time loop, and their own fears. If you haven’t been watching Star Trek: Discovery, this episode alone may be worth the journey so far. …

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Star Trek: Discovery