Monthly Archives: October 2018

A Week In Film #520: TEN FUCKIN’ YEARS!!! Second decade

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
I swear this film gets weaker every time I see it Still, it’s got flavour, and acting chops in spades.

Early Man
Decent if not perfect Aardman stop-motion animation about a bunch of stone age dudes inventing football, and getting into scrapes with some Bronze Age dudes. Not entirely sure about the historical accuracy, but fun, as one would expect from Nick Park and his team.

A Week In Film #519: Decade’s Eve

Pride And Glory
Functional drama about a family of New York cops (Ed Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich and patriarch Jon Voight) and some wrong-side-of-the-law shenanigans. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, conscripted with Joe Carnahan.

I, Tonya
Pretty funny, metafictional biopic about working class figure skater Tonya Harding and the assault on her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan that turned her into a quiz question and landed her in gaol. NMargot Robbie – great; Allison Janney – great; Sebastian Stan and Paul Walter Hauser – great. Well crafted by Craig Gillespie from a Steven Rogers script.

A Week In Film #518: Ticking over

12 Strong
Thoroughly two-dimensional Afghanistan War business, with Chris Hemsworth leading a team of Green Berets on a mission to hook up with Abdul Dostum’s Northern Alliance and battle the Taliban. The odd movement of interest, but mostly lots of empty platitudes, orientalism and confusingly filmed action scenes. Debut feature from Nicolai Fuglsig, who previously did the advert with all them bouncing balls in San Francisco.

The Post
Truth-bending historical drama, with Meryl Streep as Washington Post proprietor Katy Graham and Tom Hanks as her editor Ben Bradlee. Bit of a snow job from Spielberg, given how it was the New York Times that broke the Pentagon Papers story; and All The President’s Men made the newspaper game seem more exciting/interesting.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol title screenMission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Brad Bird’s very fun contribution to the franchise, with stand-out scenes breaking Hunt out of Russian chokey at the start, and the Burj Khalifa job in Dubai.