Thursday, March 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot

A film with a production budget similar to the GDP of a small country should have produced sometime a little better than this dismal tale of super bores. Technical wizardry aside the narrative scarcely hangs together, performances are wooden and humourless, and the movie is uncomfortably over long. The best performance comes from cameo appearance of Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, otherwise the arid scrip by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, leaves little to be entertained by. Altogether the worst movie I have seen this year.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lady in the van

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Jim Broadbent

Based on actual events Alan Bennet (Alex Jennings) actor, writer and human observer allows a homeless woman, Miss Shepherd (Dame Maggie Smith) to spend 15 years living in a battered and unsanitary old van parked in his suburban London driveway. The cantankerous, bossy, manipulative, and secretive, old itinerant makes his life difficult as he wrestles with his aging mother and his own ineptitude. Their relationship and unfolding events inspired the writer to compose a short memoir in 1989. Then a decade later a West End play, followed by a radio adaptation, and eventually this film. Fabulous portrayal of Bennet by Alex Jennings is matched by a par excellent performance of Margaret (or is it Mary?) Shepherd by Dame Maggie Smith. Full supporting cast of UKs cream of character actors led by Frances de la Tour and Roger Allam make this mystery comedy/drama a most enjoyable watch.