Movie Diary 15/12/14

Movie Diary 15/12/14

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – The movie opens in the ape colony, and depicts the apes in their language, on their terms: it seems almost like a work of anthropology. Their vocabulary of signs and grunts and gestures (and the occasional English word, for...
Movie Diary 15/11/14

Movie Diary 15/11/14

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) – There’s something self-serving and a little sour in the way Terry Gilliam conceives of himself here as a Prospero whose magic is wasted on an unappreciative public, but the anachronistic theatre he creates is so...
Movie Diary 10/6/14

Movie Diary 10/6/14

Boyhood (2014) – The movie opens with a shot of blue skies and Coldplay’s “Yellow” blasting on the soundtrack; it’s basically a square, sunny presentation of childhood. The Coldplay song serves another purpose, however: one of the movie’s...
Movie Diary 26/3/14

Movie Diary 26/3/14

All Is Lost (2013) – Robert Redford embodies a very pragmatic kind of heroism here – heroism without posturing. It is his life only that he’s determined to save, and he approaches each succeeding crisis calmly, without extraneous displays of emotion, as a...
Movie Diary 19/2/14

Movie Diary 19/2/14

The Bling Ring (2013) – For once, Sofia Coppola’s rich kids are not plagued by ennui; they enjoy their (and other people’s) privileges as much as the little princess Coppola played in Life Without Zoe, the vanity project she made with her father. The...