I've been a bit quiet about it, partly because I don't have Wi-fi right now, partly because I haven't gotten around to using this site properly in months. But I was at the London Film Festival again this year, and I've written a few reviews/longer pieces on the bits that stood out to me. Here's the first, my review of arguably the best Star being Born you'll see all year (or next year, maybe, you know how festivals be).
'Pawlikowski is a serious filmmaker who doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that history happens in widescreen. History never makes itself well known to the people living through it; quite often it feels more like a movie than real life. The scope of his two most recent stories, both dealing with post-war Poland’s past and future, is at once suffocatingly narrow and devastatingly wide, protracted to excess, even in the space of his less than 90 minute running times. Everything…
Jessica: You okay, man? How do you feel?
Nate: Not good. I mean, that... that was crazy. They just fight like that?
Jessica: Nate, I'm not asking you how you're feeling.
Nate: Right. Sorry.
There seem to be three common criticisms of Short Term 12, and I want to respond to each of them in turn:
1. It is inauthentic/contrived.
2. Brie Larson's character shouldn't need a backstory to explain her.
3. It wraps itself up too neatly.