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by kevinknapman
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Bumblebee
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Bumblebee

Not being a fan of the Michael Bay Transformers franchise, I thought Bumblebee was a film more enjoyable and engaging than it has any right being. Mostly putting aside the tedious effects heavy bombast of the Bay films, this 80s set prequel plays less like a spirit-draining CGI blockbuster and more ...
by kevinknapman
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Assassination Nation
Replies: 0
Views: 426

Assassination Nation

Finished off my 2018 LFF in distinctly unsubtle style with this state of the nation satire written and directed by Sam Levinson. In the US town of Salem, a hacker is slowly releasing the darkest secrets of its inhabitants. A group of four teenage girls get caught up in the ensuing paranoia, chaos en...
by kevinknapman
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Destroyer
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Destroyer

Director Karyn Kusama reunites with The Invitation screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi for this gritty LA cop thriller dominated by a career best performance from Nicole Kidman. Kidman is Erin Bell, a damaged and haunted LA cop who hasn't been the same since an undercover operation involving a ...
by kevinknapman
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: If Beale Street Could Talk
Replies: 0
Views: 365

If Beale Street Could Talk

Following an Oscar win for only your second feature leads to fairly high expectations. Thankfully, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins rises to the challenge and delivers a gorgeous adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. Fonny and Tish, childhood friends turned lovers, find their rel...
by kevinknapman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Replies: 0
Views: 347

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Coen Brothers return to the world of True Grit with this glorious anthology Western presented as six chapters of a book complete with colour plate illustrations. The subject of death in the old, wild and frequently brutal west threads through a wonderfully varied set of stories that range from t...
by kevinknapman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: The Old Man & The Gun
Replies: 2
Views: 504

The Old Man & The Gun

A Ghost Story director David Lowery returns with simpler, less arty fare with this low-key and melancholic OAP bankrobber tale starring Robert Redford, who previously appeared in Lowery's fine live-action remake of Pete's Dragon. Based on a true story via a newspaper article by The Lost City of Z au...
by kevinknapman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Suspiria
Replies: 1
Views: 481

Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino follows up Call Me By Your Name with a reimagining of Dario Argento's 1977 film Suspiria, reuniting with his A Bigger Splash stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Johnson is Susie Bannion, a young American student joining a mysterious dance academy in Berlin led by the enigmatic da...
by kevinknapman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: The Favourite
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

The Favourite

The Killing of a Sacred Deer director Yorgos Lanthimos returns with his most conventional film yet, a fact-based period piece set in early 18th century England. An ailing Queen Anne sits on the throne with Lady Sarah, her closest friend and ally, at her side. When Sarah's cousin Abigail arrives, she...
by kevinknapman
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Overlord
Replies: 7
Views: 805

Re: Overlord

Really enjoyed the Julius Avery directed and JJ Abrams produced Overlord despite 10.30am on a Sunday being a really weird time to have a free preview of a gory horror movie. It starts off in familiar and visceral Saving Private Ryan-style territory with a 'US soldiers on a mission in France' plot be...
by kevinknapman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Green Book
Replies: 36
Views: 2863

Re: Green Book

The LFF opted for a relatively safe and Oscar-friendly choice for the Surprise Film this year with Peter Farrelly's Green Book but it's an entertaining, crowd-pleasing film that wins you over thanks to two excellent lead performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It's the true story of an...