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  • London Has Fallen

    London Has Fallen

    ★★

    Here is the reasoning behind selecting this film to watch.

    1. It is Action Friday
    2. We will be in London in 2 weeks
    3. I thought I could come up with some other more interesting motive at the last minute but no, nothing. Total blank. Just 1 and 2.

    It delivered (which is to say that it wasn't great). Some suspense, too many chases (WAY too many chases) and a totally silly and predictable home life for our hero.…

  • The Concert

    The Concert

    ★★★½

    This may have looked strange and avant-garde to the 1960s audience but surely it isn't strange today: 'today' being a world in which Don Hertzfeldt exists. Perhaps less about a concert than a couple (or perhaps the concert is exactly right), the 6 minute film was full of small surprises. I was quite fond of the animation style, and while not quite stick figures à la Don, everything on the screen was minimalist and essential. What really got me was how each character and each prop got its turn to shine. That impressed me quite a bit.

  • The Long, Long Trailer

    The Long, Long Trailer

    ★★½

    It is one of those films that could show up on your tv on Saturday mornings along with Abbot & Costello, Vincent Price, or Andy Hardy - cute, inoffensive, slightly funny and kind of corny.

    Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball are good, indeed they are very good in spots, and even though the film really milks the jokes about pulling a really big trailer behind a car it was surprisingly entertaining for its duration.

    It lacks pizazz, of course, but it is a safe no-brainer for when you really really want to veg.

  • The Roe's Room

    The Roe's Room

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2017 - Poland

    Imagine that you are in an art gallery, the portrait section. The portrait section where all the works are painted by the same artist. They have a similar look, all muted and dark with Rembrandt lighting and shadows. The same characters appear in all the paintings. When you look from left to right you see a faint hint of progression, as though time flies by between the paintings. The Roe's Room captures what…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★

    I regret not writing a review for this after seeing it last month. I wish I had written down what elicited the various responses it got from me. Initially I loved the film, then it bugged me, then it got me seriously mad, then I liked it again, albeit reservedly. I do remember two things.

    The first is the scene where Annette Bening's grandson is reading feminism to her. I adore that scene. I felt for him, feeling proud to…

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    March Around the World 2017 - Spain

    I can't begin to state the reasons why I think this film is quite possibly one of the worst I have ever seen. All I can say is it was fairly good and intriguing right up until the rape scene (yup, seems I can't get away from those) then it just got bizarre, changing directions, spinning out of control, really. It flashes back for a really long time to tell us the story…

  • Dreams of Dust

    Dreams of Dust

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2017 - Burkina Faso

    I just travelled to Essakane, in Northeast Burkina Faso. It is all wind and sand with nothing to do but work in the gold mine. When you have free time you drink beer in the pub tent or sit outside your hut and drink tea. On Sundays you can go shopping at the Market. If it weren't for Dreams of Dust you would never see Essakane unless you were a gold miner,…

  • Noriko's Dinner Table

    Noriko's Dinner Table

    ★★★★½

    March Around the World 2017 - Japan

    I have little patience for description. When reading I'm the one skipping over the three paragraphs describing the trees on either side of the driveway to get to the greetings at the door, with a 'let's get on with the story thank you very much' attitude. (Not proud of it).

    But Sion Sono, he describes and it is wonderful. Whether he describes using the camera or music or narration he gets me from…

  • Lights in the Dusk

    Lights in the Dusk

    ★★½

    March Around the World 2017 - Findland

    I think I have seen all but 2-3 Kaurismaki feature films and this is the most disappointing. The only other of his that I didn't appreciate much was Calamari Union, one of his first back in 1985.

    Lights in the Dusk has all the standard Aki trademarks but for one, which makes all the difference: it is lacking in humour. He normally has a lightness of touch that can make a static shot…

  • Charlie's Country

    Charlie's Country

    ★★

    I can't say that I loved this one. There was something about the way it was put together that annoyed me, and I wish I could pinpoint exactly what it was. Charlie was an astounding subject - he has to be one of the most photogenic people ever. Wow. Just wow. But sometimes he irritated me to no end. I suppose that's ok - heck more than ok when it comes to film. He annoyed me. Big deal. So there…

  • The Wounded Angel

    The Wounded Angel

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2017 - Kazakhstan

    I now have a very difficult decision to make. Everything Jonathan and I have seen on MUBI so far has been fantastic, and if we keep this up we may get so used to high-quality gorgeous slow-paced lovely story-telling that it might ruin our tolerance for more standard fare. We might have to take a night off from the March Around the World Challenge to watch Logan or some other popular fare just…

  • Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly

    Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2017 - Indonesia

    The last time I saw anything as interesting was Dogtooth. Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is amusing, tongue-in-cheek, deadpan, laugh-out-loud and I'm sure many other ways of being funny. That is until it gets serious and loses just a bit of steam. It nonetheless manages to maintain a certain wtf-ness throughout which, to me, is a huge part of its charm. I'll be buying this one because a re-watch is definite in this household.