Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 17th
Mother! (18) 
(Firstsite, Colchester)                           

(US 2017)

A young couple's idyllic home rapidly becomes a nightmare as soon as they admit strangers in.
Pretentious macabre drama based supposedly on the Creation story (the title character is based around Mother Nature), with stars that distract from the overall point. One of the more extreme mainstream entries in this director's canon.

w,d: Darren Aronofsky
s: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig
ph: Matthew Labatique

MOTHER! If the poster seemed similar to Black Swan (qv), the content of this film was quite something else.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oct 13th   
Wild Target*                

(GB 2009)       

A professional hitman is assigned to kill a nymphomaniac thief but ends up being her bodyguard.
Variable black comedy which sank almost without trace at the time, but moves along for all its weaknesses, and the amusingly unlikely lovers provide some enjoyment among a notable cast.

Written by: Lucinda Coxon, based on the film "Cible Emouvante (Moving Target)" by Pierre by Salvadori.
Producers: Martin Pope, Michael Rose.
Director: Jonathan Lynn.
Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Eileen Atkins, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett, Gregor Fisher, Rory Kinnear.
Music: David Johnson.
Music: Michael Price.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Oct 11th 
Blade Runner 2049**(15)
(Century Clacton)                                     

(GB/US/Can 2017)

A replicant hunter seeking out older rogue models (including his predecessor) suspects he may actually be human.
An elephant of a sequel to Blade Runner, full of lots to savour (for once, in an extended cut form in its first version) especially for fans of the original, and just as hollow emotionally. Ford's late appearance adds some extra warmth and humanity, while his co-star is saddled with just as thankless a role as Ford's was before.

w: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
d: Denis Villeneuve
s: Ryan Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Young (semi-digitised), Dave Bautista.
ph: Roger Deakins.
m: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer.
pd: Dennis Gassner.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oct 9th  
Silver Linings Playbook**   

(US 2012)   

A not fully recovered mental patient is released by his parents from the asylum, and slowly comes to terms with his life after befriending a fellow recovering young widow.
Uncomfortably compelling and absorbing comedy drama (with the laughs fleeting), a modern, more believable variation on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest full of dysfunctional, broken people, generally very well played.

Written and Directed by: David O. Russell, from the novel by Matthew Quick.
Producers: Donna Digliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Brea Bee.
Photography: Masanobu Takayanagi.
Music: Danny Elfman.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Oct 7th  
Nature of the Beast* (12A) 
(Ipswich Film Theatre)                         

(GB 2017)

Unashamedly celebratory documentary about coalminer and trade unionist turned MP Dennis Skinner, dubbed "the Beast of Bolsover" for his forceful style. Told exclusively from one perspective - mostly his - but with some enjoyable touches and occasional insights into his more sensitive side.

Written and Directed by: Daniel Draper.
Producers: Christine Allanson, Daniel Draper.
Photography: Allan Melia.
Music: Patrick Dineen.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 29th   
Strange Boarders**      

(GB 1938)      

An intelligence officer is ordered away from his honeymoon to root out a network of enemy agents hidden in a Notting Hill boarding house.
Quite engaging comedy thriller in the realm of The Thin Man, with an interesting array of talents, both forgotten British names of the past and more familiar character actors.

Written by: Sidney Gilliat, A.R. Rawlinson, from the novel by E.P. Oppenheim.
Producer: Edward Black.
Director: Herbert Mason.
Starring: Tom Walls, Renee Saint-Cyr, Googie Withers, Ronald Adam, C.V. France, Leon M. Lion, Irene Handl, Bernard Miles, Martita Hunt.
Photography: Jack E. Cox.
Music: Charles Williams.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sep 25th  
The Entity*        

(US 1981)                    

A California single mother suddenly finds herself attacked and raped by an unseen psychic force.
Based on a true incident, and trying to adopt  a certain real life tone, although with annoyingly cliched script elements and hysterical moments of horror (on a par with Suspiria but not as excessive.)

Written by: Frank De Felitta, from his novel.
Producer: Harold Schneider.
Director: Sidney J. Furie.
Starring: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe, David Labiosa, Margaret Blye, Jacqueline Brookes, Alex Rocco.
Photography: Stephen H. Burum.
Music: Charles Bernstein.