Movie Diary 26/12/18

Movie Diary 26/12/18

Annihilation (2018) – With its obvious debts to Aliens (a military expedition picked off one by one) and Avatar (the purple – in both senses – prettiness of the alien environment), this adheres to Hollywood formula more than Ex Machina, but inflects it in interesting...
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 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...