The Weekend Away is a run of the mill, well acted thriller. What a thrill it was to see consistently underrated actress Leighton Meester in a mainstream project again. She puts in a good shift as Beth, a tourist in Croatia whose best friend goes missing whilst they're on a weekend away together. The film is surprisingly succinct at around 90 minutes, bucking the trend of films is recent years feeling like they have to be closer to two hours.…
"Ponyo wants ham!"
Ponyo is a cute, slice of life offering from Studio Ghibli, perhaps more aimed at children specifically than its other outings, but still perfectly enjoyable for older audiences. The animation feels more fluid and free, with beautifully textured backgrounds and stunning visuals with the water, than other Ghibli films. The latent themes of environmentalism texture the film's paper thin plot, with its fantastical elements, but it's all an enjoyable time. The themes are much more basic than other Ghibli films, but Ponyo is so utterly charming that it's easily forgiven.
Scavenger Hunt #45 – December 2018 (5/30)
7. Watch a film featuring a song by Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks
"Safe bodies need safe environments in which to live."
Todd Haynes sophomore feature film Safe, released in 1995, but set in 1987, is simultaneously of its time, yet timeless. Through its vague yet suggestive narrative, Haynes crafts a film that welcomes endless interpretations, and allows Safe to endless update itself to apply to the political climate of the audience's time.…
"But no, I'm okay. I'm here."
Barrage is an intimate family drama about the inevitability of parents damaging their children, and the subsequent collective trauma. As my mother always says, "having children doesn't come with an instruction manual", and nobody embodies this more than Catherine. Portrayed by Lolita Chammah (Isabelle Huppert's real life daughter, as well as in this film, on-screen), Catherine unexpectedly returns into her daughter Alba's life - who has been left in the care of her mother,…