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A Week In Film #548: Phew

13 May 2019

Ant-Man title screenAnt-Man
OK, so what we really wanted to see was Edgar Wright’s take on the story, but the version that actually got made – directed by Peyton Reed and co-written by leading an Paul Rudd – is still pretty good. The MCU mumbo-jumbo is dialled down, and emphasis is on a straight forward villain-becomes-hero heist movie.Great cast, including Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale.

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Bad Teacher
Selfish woman (Cameron Diaz) coasts as an entirely uncommitted teacher at an unremarkable school, but over time Comes To Learn Valuable Lessons About Herself And Life, etc. Quite amusing, with Justin Timberlake, Luy Punch, Jason Segel, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins, Thomas Lennon and others showing their comedy chops off well. Written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, directed by Jake Kasdan.

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When Harry Met Sally
Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner’s classic love-ripens-over-time romcom, with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan perfect foils for each other, ably supported by Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory title screenCharlie And The Chocolate Factory
Can’t say that there was really much in Tim Burton/s Johnny Depp-starring remake of the Roald Dahl book that improved upon the Gene Wilder version. Certainly didn’t seem so much fun.

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The Cat In The Hat
Visually impressive screen adaptation of the Dr Seuss children’s book, with Mike Myers in the lead. Directed by Bo Welch.

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The Silence Of The Lambs
Nineties movie comfort food, from Jonathan Demme.

A Week In Film #484: Being boiled

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Mr Bean’s Holiday
Actually pretty watchable big screen outing for Rowan Atkinson’s largely inaudible buffoon, on a trip across Europe (thingshappen, plans change, innocents are drawn in, etc. Affectionately put together.

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Ham and liver, again.

Fury title screenFury
Grim, grimy war action from David Ayer, with dead-eyed Sherman commander Brad Pitt leading a battle-hardened tank crew (Jon Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña) through Germany in the dying stages of WWII, supplemented by young replacement Logan Lerman. Not as meaningful as it seems to think, but not insignificant.

High Crimes
Trashy thriller from Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress), with Ashley Judd as a high-flying attorney defending her carpenter husband (James Caviezel) who is accused of being a soldier who committed an atrocity in El Salvador. With Morgan Freeman as an alcoholic ex-JAG lawyer she brings in to assist, alongside an inexperienced young officer (Adam Scott) and her flaky younger sister (Amanda Peet). The odd little twist, but nothing amazing.

Snake Eyes title screenSnake Eyes
Exhilarating little De Palma flick, with Nicolas Cage as a bent-but-likeable Atlantic City cop drawn into a shady assassination conspiracy at a championship boxing match. With Gary Sinise, Carla Gugino and Stan Shaw.

Training Day title screenTraining Day
Denzel Washington as a shark of a corrupt LAPD detective, constantly moving forwards in order to try and remain predator rather than prey; Ethan Hawke the straight arrow rookie partner forced to adapt or die, all during the course of a single day.

The Hunt For Red October
Soviet submariner Sean Connery plays underwater chess with CIA analyst Alec Baldwin. Solidly helmed by John McTiernan.

A Week In Film #199: Monsoon season


The Silence Of The Lambs
Ham vs ham. It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again. That whole weird shit stopover in a cage in the middle of a courtroom in Tennessee with Chris Isaak as a SWAT dude. The more times I watch this film the less sure I am of whether I like it or not.

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Goodfellas
Shonky, overcooked, flashy, but still fun.

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Narc
Joe Carnahan’s low budget cops-and-graft gritter, with strong commitment from Jason Patric and Ray Liotta in the lead roles. Not the most original of plots, but excellently executed, and moments of real polish – the opening foot chase for one, and each of the visits to suspects’ houses.

A Week In Film #005: Adventing your frustration

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The Silence Of The Lambs
Anthony Hopkins hamming it up, Jodie Foster doing the wet eyed thing whilst hunting down a poodle-loving serial killer.

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Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins turns the ham up to eleven. At least Ridley Scott has a sense of humour about it all. Julianne Moore is a refreshing change from La Foster. Gary Oldman and Ray Liotta are enjoyablly camp, and there’s that fellow who was the obnoxious state governor in Oz too.

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Hannibal Rising
Impressively bad Hannibal Lecter prequel, with a previously hidden element of Bushido and all that. The wartime Lituanian stuff is mildly diverting, and there’s a sort of a 51st State reunion.

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The Mighty Quinn
Breezy but inconsequential lightweight stuff about a caribbean island police chief (Denzel Washington) investigating a murder in which his best friend is prime suspect. Plays up the Lilt advert stereotypes.

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American History X
Overdone American skinhead melodrama. Edwards Norton and Furlong are watchable, but it’s much less good than I’d been led to believe. That fat scientologist friend of Jason Lee is an extraordinarily unlikeable rocks-for-brains nazi.

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Le Samouraï
Alain Delon as an existentialist French hitman-for-hire, who (let’s face it) fucks up big time. Blatantly ripped off for Leon and Ghost Dog.

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Blow Out
Brian De Palma melds Blow Up to The Conversation by way of The Parallax View, JFK conspiracies and Chappaquiddick tittle tattle. Nancy Allen is hugely enjoyable. Travolta is wooden. John Lithgow is a very scary bad guy.

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Devil In A Blue Dress
Denzel Washington as reluctant gumshoe Easy Rawlins in postwar South Central LA. No Chinatown, but good.

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Ricochet
Astonishingly bad (but breezy) thriller with Denzel Washington a hero cop turned pariah DA, framed by psycho bad chap John Lithgow.