A sort of magical realist fantasy that shares a kindred spirit with the likes of Celine Sciamma, The Wonders is a heartwarming delight that carries on over to Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro with a kind hearted tenderness to it that basks in a sense of welcome sentimentalism. The plot is thin as they come, revolving around a family - a controlling patriarch Wolfgang, his wife and his daughters - whose world is upended when a German boy comes to live…
As always, Lina Wertmüller is just out-of-this world good. A bitingly satirical critique of commerce and capitalism as ever - using it as a lense to explore Wertmüller's classic themes of sexuality and oppression, class, the divide between women and men and the cultural divide between the North and South of Italy - so many complex themes at play make this such a rich work by comparison - and worthy of a reappraisal despite its somewhat aimless second half. It feels very much like a proto anarchist The Spanish Apartment - fearlessly idiosyncratic and completely peerless.
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…