Sometimes, genius is a mistake.
There’s a shot I love in Black Swan. It’s not a movie of which I am fond, primarily because it takes a selection of eighties horror movies, mashes them together and disguises them as art - but this one shot is perfect. As a high-as-a-kite Nina rants at her mother, she peels away from Lily in a mirror. It’s beautiful, and it perfectly encapsulates everything that’s going on in her mind and in the film.…
The college radio version of the romantic comedy: not quite indie, not quite mainstream.
Directed with confidence by music video veteran Mark Webb and with a witty and fresh script (even if my sympathies lie with Summer rather than the writers' obvious surrogate, Tom), (500) Days of Summer stands up well to repeated viewings, mostly so during the straighter moments, some of the more artful (and artifice-full) ticks cloying slightly once you see them coming.
I don’t know what film an apparently very grumpy version of me saw in the cinema back in 2010, but I just saw a movie called Iron Man 2, and I really liked it.
Sorry, by the way, to those of you - and, yes, I mean you, Dan - who were expecting a rant. I had one planned. It was about the struggle between art and commerce and yadda yadda yadda. Can’t…