Tuesday, 29 May 2012
More high-brow fare came with Sarah Polley's second film as a director, Take This Waltz, an involving romantic drama starring Seth Rogen and the amazing Michelle Williams. Another film with a song title, Strawberry Fields is a slightly over-egged British drama about relationships and mental stabilty. Meanwhile from France, we had the breezily enjoyable social comedy The Women on the 6th Floor. But with London in the grip of gorgeous sunshine after a far-too-long break, everyone would rather be outside than watching movies. So my stack of review discs is getting perilously tall, and the only one I've managed to see has been Lovely Molly, a jumpy, unsettling but rather standard creep-out from one of the Blair Witch writer-directors.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
For example, Sony only showed us Men in Black 3 four days before it opens. Was that because it's not as funny as the first two films? It isn't, but still gives fans plenty to smile about. And Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator wasn't screened to us at all - we had to buy tickets, and were pleasantly surprised that it's actually a sharp, often gut-wrenchingly funny social comedy. The other biggie this week was Snow White and the Huntsman, starring the achingly on-trend Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, along with Charlize Theron as the beautiful-but-evil queen. Our comments on this one are embargoed until three days before it opens.
Another Cannes entry screened in London was Ken Loach's enjoyable Scottish caper comedy The Angels' Share, which of course makes some strong social commentary in between the wacky (and somewhat contrived) antics and the serious drama. And from further off the beaten path, we had Bobcat Goldthwait's blisteringly hilarious God Bless America (a great double bill with The Dictator), Kristin Scott Thomas' latest involving-enigmatic French drama In Your Hands and the intriguing but slightly simplistic Christian-Muslim parable Where Do We Go Now?
Coming up this week, we have Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in Take This Waltz, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in The Five-year Engagement, Simon Pegg in A Fantastic Fear of Everything, the all-star French comedy The Women on the 6th Floor, the Mormon drama Electrick Children, the British indie drama Strawberry Fields.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Off the beaten path, we sa a range of films. There was the blackly comical but slow-building haunted hotel romp The Innkeepers, the inspiring but cliched British world-class athletes drama Fast Girls, the silly but amusing 3D animated feature Top Cat: The Movie, the wasted genius premise of Nazis invading from the moon in Iron Sky and, best of the week by a wide margin, the hugely engaging geriatric table tennis doc Ping Pong.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
In the prestige department, we had director James Marsh's cool, steady-handed IRA thriller Shadow Dancer, starring Andrea Riseborough and Clive Owen; the cool, rather dull futuristic romance Clone, with Matt Smith and Eva Green; and the cool, sleekly unsettling Colombian thriller The Hidden Face. And there were three docs as well, including the comprehensive theatrical edit of the thoroughly entertaining Woody Allen: A Documentary, the hugely endearing real-life adventure Mission to Lars, and the harrowing privatisation horror-doc Catastroika.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Further off the beaten path, we had the French WWII drama Free Men, a slightly dull account of a seriously amazing series of events in which Muslims hid Jews from the Nazis; the French drama Polisse, a riveting, well-played and rather sprawling look at the life and work of child protective officers; Sokurov's cluttered, outrageous adaptation of Goethe's Faust, which isn't easy to follow but is never dull; and the involving and moving, if a bit scruffy, Australian documentary Salute, which traces the fascinating events leading up to and the fallout from the American athletes who gave the black-power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.