Movie Diary 25/1/20

Movie Diary 25/1/20

Hustlers (2019) – This is a textbook example of how a female point of view can transform even very familiar stories. The narrative strategies that writer and director Lorene Scafaria employs – the story’s events recounted to a journalist in flashbacks, the old...
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 27/6/16

Movie Diary 27/6/16

Joy (2015) – David O. Russell announces his intention to make a soap opera at the outset, and he follows through – the outsize characters with single traits, the way Russell arranges them in static groups, the recycled sets (most of the film takes place in a house and...