The Interview (1998)
Took ages to actually knuckle down and watch it in full, but it was worth it. Starts off with some kind of a police raid on the modest flat of a quiet, shy man, Eddie Fleming (Hugo Weaving). He doesn’t know what’s going on, and nor do we, even as he is dragged to an interrogation cell in some imposing looking police building. That sense of unease and bewilderment is stretched out until there is a moment of exposition behind the curtain, with detectives Steele and Prior (Tony Martin and Aaron Jeffery) giving us a hint of what it is all about. And so the game is afoot, incrementally drip feeding us with information which makes us lean first one way then another.
Whilst the last act pulls together the threads in something more orthodox, the journey which gets us there is exhilarating. Directed and co-written by Craig Monahan, with Gordon Davie; memorable turns by Michael Caton as a serpentine, jovial journalist, and Paul Sonkkila as a battle-hardened senior police officer.
A day-in-the-life, Training Day-type police thriller, with weary LAPD patrol officer Thomas Jane assigned rookie Luke Kleintank for a night on duty in Olympic Division. Josh Hopkins and David Krumholtz make a memorable pair of fuck-knuckle task force team members. Drifts well into the silly, but overall a decent enough effort from Joel Souza.
Name Of The Rose
Rather confusing mediaeval murder mystery, with Sean Connery as a worldly monk drawn into investigating murder at an Italian monastery, assisted by young novice Christian Slater. Adapted by Jean-Jacques Annaud from Umberto Eco’s postmodern novel, and it seems that all manner of nuance and layers of meaning were stripped away in order to make it a semi-functioning movie.
You Were Never Really Here
Joaquin Phoenix as a majorly PTSDed up military veteran who ekes a living rescuing trafficked girls in as violent a fashion as possible. One such job does not go as originally planned. Dark, brutal, very well made, with Lynne Ramsay adapting from a novella by Jonathan Ames.
[Captain Marvel title screen]
Fun, 90s-set MCU effort, with a different vibe and pace to most of the Marvel movies. Total military propaganda, mind. With Brie Larson as USAF pilot-cum-superhero Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Lashana Lynch as her wing man, Ben Mendelsohn as the baddie, and Sam L Jackson and Clark Gregg as S.H.I.EL.D. agents Fury and Coulson. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who did Half Nelson.