I like films.
The best singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, dancer, and pervert of the 1980s... is not the best film director. The acted scenes are abysmal, insertion of the "U Got the Look" video awkward (it was all a dream!), and special effects gaudy.
But there's still everything else Prince was on full display here, and that's enough. Enough to make you weep, if you're like me and missed the chance to see him live. Enough to thrill and make your jaw drop - until the credits start to roll and you realise: where the hell is "Adore"??
Beat Howard Hawks to the punch in combining hardboiled film noir and screwball comedy - and William Powell plays a detective who's such an outrageous alcoholic, he could really beat anyone to the punch. Though Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are better, the chemistry between Powell and Myrna Loy is still the reason to watch this.
Film is a 7/10, the dog is a 14/10.
Frenetically tries to be everything for everyone all at once: sci-fi, fantasy, romantic comedy, gross-out comedy, martial arts, family drama... Which doubtless explains its success with so many people. I hate to appear the curmudgeon, but this frenetic aesthetic just doesn't entirely work for me. A silent scene with two rocks is my favourite for being an oasis of calm amidst all the mayhem; I could've done with more breathers like that, less being shouted at by every shot and…
A masterpiece documentary, possibly the best of the last 20 years, about that most human of traits: the need to tell other people the stories of our lives. Precious few manage to tell their story with as much compassion and intelligence as Sarah Polley, though. Her film is incredibly humane, moving, and wise - by which I mean its has the wisdom to cast its measured glance askew at the notion of a singular "truth". In that wisdom, and in…