Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To the wonder

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem

To the Wonder is a love story and exploration of a man who finds it increasingly difficult to believe in the things he has devoted his life to. Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American tourist who meets Ukrainian divorcee, Marina (Olga Kurylenko), in France. The pair fall in love and relocate to Oklahoma to marry. Marina grows restless, passions cool, and eventually she takes her daughter back to France. Neil meantime seizes the opportunity and rekindles an affair with Jane (Rachel McAdams) a local rancher. Just as at all seems to be working out for Neil, Marina returns seeking another chance and a classic, tragic love triangle is played out against the empty, pitiless vista of an Oklahoma sky. A sort of paradise lost in celluloid but the cinema photography is good, otherwise but pretty hard going.

Friday, June 21, 2013

White Lies

Director: Dana Rotberg

Starring: Rachel House, Whirimako Black, Antonia Prebble

A slow moving movie based on Witi Ihimaera’s novella "Medicine Woman. " Maori , Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is left to live the life of a nomad after her father is killed by soldiers and learns to become a Maori healer (aka Medicine Woman) and teach tikanga (i.e. the old ways). When Maraea’s (Rachel House) mistress, Rebecca Vickers (Antonia Prebble) falls pregnant and wants an abortion she asks a reluctant Paraiti to help her. Clash of cultures ensues in this beautifully shot but rather melancholic movie.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Before Midnight

Director:Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

Before Midnight is the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Ethan Hawke plays Jesse, an American who is now living with Celine (Julie Delpy), his significant French partner. The forty somethings have twin girls and live in Paris. Now a celebrated author the pair is in retreat in Greece as Celine considers her future as an environmental activist. Jess laments his enforced separation from his beloved teenage son, Hank (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) and plans to move his new family back to America. Will this put undue pressure on their relationship; well you will need to see the movie to find out. Hawke and Delpy do however put on another great performance in this modern romance.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Look of Love

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Matt Lucas, Shirley Henderson, Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Tamsin Egerton

The (high) life and (sad) times of Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), London nudie club owner, property magnate and porn baron. The movie explores the richest man in Britain’s meteoric career and domestic relationships with his wife, Jean (Anna Friel), daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots) and love life with mistress, Amber (Tamsin Egerton). The 20th century libertine led a hedonistic and druggy lifestyle with tragic circumstance. Reasobale performances in this watchable movie which conveys the world of a semi-respectable Soho porn king.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Filth

Director: Jon S Baird

Starring: Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, John Sessions, Shirley Henderson

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robinson (James McAvoy) is an alcoholic, cokehead ,bully and one of Edinburgh’s finest. Bruce is corrupt, foul mouthed and an eye on the main chance. Desperate to win a promotion, he endeavors to humiliate and destroy his colleagues as well as everyone else he comes in contact with. A high profile murder of a Japanese student gives him the career opportunity he seeks but his heinous actions soon start having devastating consequences on all those around him. Some sterling support from Eddie Marsan, John Sessions and a swag of British acting talent including Jim Broadbent and Shirley Henderson in this the latest screen adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel. Definitely not for the faint-hearted but if you fancy seeing a brilliant performance by McAvoy then this is for you.