Making up for not going to Cannes like everyone else on film twitter by mainlining Lina Wertmüller's filmography was probably one of the best decisions I could have made. Love this! It's a perfect satire on ideology and betrayal, to that ideology, your class and on a personal level, tackling strong themes and grounding them in a specific era and location - with Wertmüller using her films to explore the divide between North and Southern Italy superbly, entrenching the sense of unescapable paranoia within its script that is always easy to find, but hard to get away from.
From the opening moments of the archive footage with its unique choice of music (oh, yeah!) to back up the montage, Lina Wertmüller introduces you to a mastery of an anti-war, war is hell film like no other and the unique uncomfortableness of Wertmüller's direction means that this film has a way of getting under your skin from pretty much the word go. Like Love & Anarchy, Seven Beauties packs a powerful punch in its third act as all the pieces…
Hoop-Tober 2015! (1/31)
"Now, this air shaft may work to our advantage. Here. It leads up to and comes out in the main airlock. All right, there's only one big opening along the way, we can cover that up, and then we... drive it into the airlock and zap it into outer space."
And yet another classic movie that I should have probably seen by now is ticked off my watchlist. Hot on the heels of the likes of Lost…
Well, that was something special. I'm really glad that I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg the day before because there are clear influences from that masterpiece on Damien Chazelle. Together these two movies have made me far more invested in musicals than I was previously, with Bugsy Malone being another highlight but beyond that the list starts to get a bit thinner.
Here La La Land follows on two people with big dreams. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress…