Favourite Films 2021 here, have a look n tell me how wrong I am !!!
Very brutal, very horny, very sensual movie. As neat and purposefully structured as it is rough round the jagged edges. Went on one helluva ride watching Power of the Dog, never quite sure where to look or how to feel, who to trust or who to dislike, as it grows slowly into this textured, murky thing of dirt and stained leather.
Themes of machismo and suppression masterfully dealt in Jane Campion’s sensitive hands, her keen grasp and penetrating eye for…
A fictional biopic commentary on promises and failures of the 20th century, that strides, confidently and with a kick in it’s step, straight into my favourites. A masterful, modern take on Italian classics, the odyssey of a young working man looking to transcend social disparity on the quest to accomplish his own status, and to capture the heart of the woman he loves, the well-to-do, well-educated Elena, the beacon to which he looks to romantically.
Martin is torn between…
From naked ambition to pure madness, Joel Coen asks, ‘what if a 0-liberties-taken Macbeth, but with Denzel and my wife?’, and he gives a bristling, muscular, classic horror movie inspired, sexy monochrome answer! Very clean balance of the sensory and narrative marvels the original tale weaves, told in such vivid imagery and soul-piercing soundscape that the difficult Shakespearian tongue feels secondary. Awe-struck by both Frances and Denzel’s glow, not so much chewing the scenery as setting it alight with their radiance. Also a delight to see Joel and Kanye West going so hard with the minimalist production design
‘Writing about Persona has been for film critics and scholars what climbing Everest is for mountaineers: the ultimate professional challenge.’ Film historian Thomas Elsaesser.
Within the space of a week I’ve watched my first of two cinematic engimas; Tarkovsky and now my first Bergman, and let me tell ya, they don’t make movies like these anymore! While I struggled with Mirror, my experience with Persona was far more fruitful. Not to say I wholly understood it or if that’s even…