Movie Diary 21/7/17

Movie Diary 21/7/17

The Hateful Eight (2015) – This is not so much a Western as a tribute to those all-star 1970s Agatha Christie adaptations like Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile, complete with crimes re-enacted in flashback and the detective building his case out loud,...
Movie Diary 21/6/17

Movie Diary 21/6/17

Scarface (1983) – Often, Brian De Palma’s better films are, somewhat paradoxically, his uneven ones: what seems merely sloppy will suddenly come together in (or perhaps serve to foreground) one of his classic sequences, like the prom in Carrie or the slow-motion...
Movie Diary 27/4/17

Movie Diary 27/4/17

Power Rangers (2017) – With an off-colour joke about milking a bull, the filmmakers signal a sense of humour about what they’re doing; a bruising car chase, captured in a spinning single shot, signals that they’re as interested in their teen...
Movie Diary 14/3/17

Movie Diary 14/3/17

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) – The movie’s weaknesses are obvious: Martin Sheen’s narration frequently belabours points already made by the images; the black soldiers are, predictably, the first to die; and Coppola never tops the “Ride of the...
Movie Diary 6/2/17

Movie Diary 6/2/17

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) – The wealthy person who employs a coterie of hangers-on to prop up their illusions is a familiar figure in film: what’s novel about Stephen Frears’ movie is that it presents these relationships as loving rather than...
Movie Diary 28/11/16

Movie Diary 28/11/16

Arrival (2016) – Like The Martian, this concentrates on process – it’s about the effort to understand the language of a recently arrived race of aliens – but it has the sense of mystery and grandeur that Ridley Scott’s movie lacked. Often the process is...