Friday, June 15, 2018

Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird
Voices: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Eli Fucile, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Brad Bird

Time to take our grandson (aged three) to “Incredibles 2.” Now comic book hero movies are not my most favourite film genre but needs must when it’s a birthday treat. (for him not me). On the positive side, I had no previous knowledge of what had proceeded and therefor carried no baggage of expectation. It was just a question of would he last the two hours the film runs, and could I stay awake. Delighted to report the Disney/Pixar movie, came through on both accounts.

Set in a time when Superheroes have become outlawed, a telecommunications mogul, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) devises a publicity campaign to popularize superheroes again in the hope to change the law. He and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener), hatch a plan to use the adventures of Mrs. Incredible, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), to engage public support. Mr. Incredible meantime confined to home, comically struggles to run a household consisting of a teenager, a 10-year-old boy, and baby Jack-Jack coming to terms with his super powers. All played out as an evil villain, “The Screenslaver, is on the loose in the city, hypnotizing people into violent acts through the use of a computer screens. Elastigirl to the rescue but despite early success, heralded in the media, something is not quite right. Great voiceovers with some funny dialogue but the movie is not a patch on Toy Story however, it was no less enjoyable.

(Video Courtesy: Disney-Pixar Transmission Films Youtube Channel)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tea with the Dames

Director: Roger Michel
Featuring: Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith.

Simply delightful and a must for anyone with even a passing interest in British theatre and films

(Video Courtesy: Transmission Films Youtube Channel)

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan,Ed Helms

A dramatized account of the Chappaquiddick incident which Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke), the younger brother of John and Bobby, crashed his car and killed a young woman, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. In panic and confusion, he leaves the scene and with the help of his cousin, Joe Gargan (brilliantly played by Ed Helms) and Paul Markham (Jim Gaffigan), a former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, they bungle the cover up, but as the days pass and the full magnitude of the situation becomes clear to all in the inner circle. What follows is real Kennedy politicking, of the darkest kind, masterminded by stroke be stricken, patriarch Joe Kennedy Snr (Bruce Den) from his wheelchair, and with the help of the Kennedy Praetorian Guard Ted fumbles between telling the truth and trying to salvage his career, all at a time in 1969 when the world was watching the Apollo 11 moon walk. A real study of character in this engrossing drama with a sterling cast.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Penelope Wilton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Katherine Parkinson, Glen Powell, Tom Courtenay, Kit Connor

Based on a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and co-writer Annie Barrows, Juliet Ashton (Lily James) is a successful essayist just after the War, and keen to find her next project when she receives an unsolicited letter from Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), a young pig farmer on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. There are no book shops on the island and Adams is looking for Juliet to help him locate a copy of an old book in London. He mentions he is a member of: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the name intrigues the. author. She leaves her new American fiancĂ© (Glen Powell) and book-agent (Matthew Goode) mid book tour, to travel to Guernsey to find out more. There she uncovers the roots of the society, formed during the German occupation of the island. In flashback, she gradually stumbles across the mystery of its founder, the defiant, Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay) and where she disappeared to. Rather long at two hours the movie’s bittersweet narrative does meander in places but the cinematography and ‘40s fashion costume design are par excellent. This is an agreeable film.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Finding your feet

Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, John Sessions, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, Sian Thomas

Rather well to do, Sandra (Imelda Staunton), discovers after thirty odd years of marriage, her retired police commissioner husband has been having an affair with her best friend, Sandra abandons her Surrey home and seeks out the company of older and somewhat estranged sister, Bif (Celia Imrie) who lives in a London Council flat. Sandra gradually begins to face the reality of starting over as well as rediscovering the simple joys of living. Encouraged to join a local seniors’ dance group she socialises with a motley crew of interesting characters all growing old disgracefully. Gradually life in her sister’s council flat begins to pick up and Sandra and Charlie (Timothy Spall), tentatively start a platonic relationship. Charlie’s wife (Sian Thomas) is in the late stages of senile dementia and lives in care facility but Sandra is reluctant to commit to another serious relationship. When the dance group receive a surprise invitation to perform in Rome, life takes over. A sweet mix of humour and pathos merge to leave you with tears rolling down your cheers, so bring a box of tissues.