Ammonite – A BFI Film Festival Screening

I watched this in Southampton with a good female friend and I suppose this being natural as we were spaced three seats apart, Ammonite’s sheer intimacy ultimately wasn’t too awkward then. The story’s about a British palaeontologist, Mary Anning (played by Kate Winslet, in what frankly’s probably her best performance since Titanic!), resigned to her…

Rocks

Sarah Gavron, as the director, previously did Suffragette (2015). That was a reasonably raw and dare I say it, single-minded (although focused) insight into what they fought for back in the early 1900s, specifically in London. Here there is also a focus on female empathy (within an urban environment although obviously the results are no…

Tenet

“Don’t try to understand it, feel it”. Clemency Poesy plays a physicist that says this to John David Washington’s character (only known as The Protagonist) early on, in Christopher Nolan’s latest. It’s probably the most appropriate message to apply when seeing it as though it’s definitely engaging from beginning to end, it keeps stimulating your…

Coronation

Both Netflix and Amazon – alleged by the director (Ai Weiwei) – turned down distributing Coronation (2020) out of fear of upsetting Chinese business. Netflix have denied this, Amazon no comment. In any case it might just be what it is. Having now watched the documentary myself I think I can understand their point-of-view, if…

Host

Horror films tends to proliferate in sub-genre cycles, whether it be “found footage” initiated by Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and truly entering the mainstream with The Blair Witch Project (1999), or the so-called “torture porn” one thanks especially to Saw (2004) and Hostel (2005). Now, and I’m not exactly surprised, we have what could be a…

Da 5 Bloods

When I first heard about George Floyd, my immediate thoughts were about Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do The Right Thing (1989). I won’t spoil much for those who haven’t watched it, other than to say there’s a scene that unfortunately immediately highlights its relevance again. Why bringing this up while reviewing his latest, Da 5 Bloods as…

Titanic: A Retrospective Review

I decided to order the Blu-Ray on a whim and see what I made of James Cameron’s Titanic all these years later, since first watching it with my mother back in 2009. Subsequently, my immediate response after rewatching is it’s still a hell of an experience. There must be more to it than just saying…

Capone

“TRAILER. Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12. (Different title. My cut.) 🤩.” This is a tweet Josh Trank, the director+writer uploaded once the trailer became avaliable. After hitting it out of the park with 2012’s Chronicle (which I loved), and bombing hugely with 2015’s Fantastic Four (I didn’t dislike it as much as others but regardless,…

Extraction

With a very good group of friends, I sat down to watch this via Netflix. Considering the zeitgeist at the moment and how you can’t exactly go to the cinema, I thought it would be a really intriguing experience, especially as it stars the one and only Chris Hemsworth! It’s about a mercenary (Tyler, played…

The Assistant

Heads up, Kitty Green (the director and writer) doesn’t want to emphasise this film as being related to Harvey Weinstein. His shadow sure looms over, but I can see where she’s coming from. All this is about essentially is a day-in-the-life of a film company assistant, Jane (played with extremely committed low-key energy by Julia…