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I'd say this qualifies as "off the beaten path" [15 Aug 2018|09:32pm]

[ mood | calm ]

I've posted a review of Road to Singapore over at my journal.

Review: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/207006.html

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"BECKY SHARP" (1935) Review [15 Aug 2018|04:53pm]


"BECKY SHARP" (1935) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "BECKY SHARP", the 1935 adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847-48 novel, "Vanity Fair". Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, the movie starred Miriam Hopkins in the title role.
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Aaaaaaaah! and Mindhorn [15 Aug 2018|01:09am]

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A double bill from Julian Barratt:

From one of the co-creators of The Mighty Boosh the film semi-successfully walks a tightrope between social satire and pure silliness. Human/primates live in a modern technologically advanced age (there are cars, widescreen TV's, jumpers, cigarettes, etc.) but communicate only through grunts and behave in deeply animalistic ways. We follow the central characters of an alpha-male and his companion beta they set off into a neighbouring community and decide to take it over.
Despite the brilliant idea (and some moments of genius) the film struggles to sustain itself as a full length movie and may have worked better as an intensely funny and memorable short film. In full length its a bit hit and miss.

The second post-Boosh adventure follows a failing actor - a one-time star of a tv detective show now at the absolute nadir of his career. His last chance to revive his flagging fortunes comes when a suspected serial killer (who deludedly believes the Mindhorn character was real) demands to speak to him. The police draft in the actor's help in the hope of catching the killer but the actor hopes to use the publicity to re-launch his career.
Again, the film is a bit patchy with moments of genius carrying the burden of a full length film that might have been better as a short. I saw a similar premise (but a more enjoyable film) in the Alan Partridge movie a few years ago. Despite my criticisms I think I would have actually enjoyed the Mindhorn tv show if it has actually existed in the 70's/80's! There were some all too obvious comparisons with the TV show 'Bergerac' (which actually was on TV at the time the fictional Mindhorn was supposed to have been aired). So much so that like Monty Python has to keep referencing Jesus Christ in the Life Of Brian (to show that it wasn't Him) so Mindhorn makes many references to John Nettles, the real-life actor who played Bergerac.

Mindhorn may be the less original concept of the two movies here but it is probably the most consistently watchable.

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Well, more like " An Adventure", but you get the point [12 Aug 2018|09:47pm]

[ mood | sore ]

I've posted a review of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over at my journal.


Review: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/206782.html

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Catch Up Reviews [10 Aug 2018|06:26pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Hi all. I have moved house this Summer, binged the hell out of some TV box sets and had my thirteen year old lap top die on its arse so concequently I have had little time to watch movies and even less time to post reviews. By way of a catch up, here are some thumb nails:

Leonardo DiCaprio gets properly savaged by a bear then crawls doggedly after the men who left his severely injured arse to die (and who murdered his son for good measure). The bear sequences are impressively, viscerally brutal and the hardships that follow become almost ridiculous at times (this could have been a die-hard prequel if it had been terrorists rather than a bear) but I found this as gripping and enjoyable as anything I have seen in a while. I would call it a western (and one of the best I have seen) just because of the period setting. Despite the excesses of the film it remains grounded and gritty. I really liked this.

I have never been much of a fan of Agatha Christie - or Inspector Poirot in particular (except for the lovely Margaret Rutherford's take on Miss Marple) but I did make myself watch this. I haven't watched or read any version of this story for more than 30 years, so it felt like I was coming to the well-worn story with fairly fresh eyes.
Obviously I want to avoid spoilers but I'm sure most people by now will be aware of the basics: There is a murder on a moving train and the killer must still be aboard, luckily a famous detective is also aboard and he is tasked with finding the killer. Due to the large range of suspects (each with back-stories that may or may not be true) the story lends itself very well to an ensemble movie as each character gets their moment in the spotlight. I cannot say that this movie has won me any more over to Christie's writing but this production is pretty sumptuous, if you like that sort of thing.

My Expectations Were so low for this movie that I failed to catch it in the cinema and then completely forgot it existed until it popped up on Netflix. Re-uniting Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass for this film has both it's strengths and weaknesses. Most of the ingredients of why I liked the first films are present and correct - some of the action sequences are superb and they reminded me of why I liked the earlier films. The locations are also brilliant. What doesn't work (for me) is that some of the action sequences/car chases/ etc are so overly elaborate that they remind me more of the overblown 80's Bond Movies than the more grounded and believable Bourne's. Also the plot is sooo stretched now that at times it practically vanishes altogether. If they make another film I hope they call it 'Bourne Again' because that at least is a decent pun but for me this franchise should have stopped at least two movies ago.

I went into this film knowing only the title, the period setting and some of the cast but nothing else. I was expecting a kind of cheesey period set monster movie starring Bill Nighy and I would have been quite happy with that. What I got instead was an interesting detective Vs Serial killer story with echoes of the real life murder cases of the era. ('Golem' it turns out is the monstrous name attached to the killer, not an actual Golem - an underused creature as far as cinematic monsters go). Despite my initial, brief disappointment I enjoyed this film (and some of the performances contained within) more than I was expecting.

I had heard a lot about this film before I finally saw it. Most of what I heard about it was good, some of it was bad and on my first impression it pretty much all seems to be true. For most of the film we are treated to a genuinely interesting film with a contemporary setting and a black lead character who manages to dodge all the stereotypes we would find in this (or many other genres). The tension and suspense build nicely throughout and the characters remain interesting as long as the central mystery of the story remains beyond our grasp. When the big reveal arrives in time for the third act the suspense/tension fritters away as quickly as my interest in most of the characters. There was a lot of potential in this film and for most of the film a lot to enjoy. With a better ending (that stayed as grounded as the rest of the film) and this could have been a serious classic.

It feels funny to me that a film set well within my lifetime should have a period setting but Berlin 1989 feels as far away from today as anything you could name from the 100 years that came before. Atomic Blonds has that setting (with some bookend scenes in London and Paris from around the same time). Atomic Blonde is an action spy thriller with (unusually) a female lead. The action is mostly well handled though at points the fights become so protracted it feels more like we are watching a brutal first player computer game than a movie. The period setting was cool too but despite the good work (and there is a lot of that) I found it difficult to connect/engage with the overwhelming sense of superficiality. They might have done enough work here to have launched what could be an interesting female led franchise as it certainly has both potential and a decent female lead but they would have to improve on this first instalment (if that is what it is).

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Growing Up Old [08 Aug 2018|02:54pm]

[ mood | good ]

I've posted a review of The Last Picture Show over at my journal.

Review: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/206418.html

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Christopher Robin: Winnie the Pooh film denied release in China [06 Aug 2018|02:14pm]

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"SNOWDEN" (2016) Review [04 Aug 2018|07:56pm]


"SNOWDEN" (2016) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "SNOWDEN", the 2016 adaptation of Luke Harding's book, "The Snowden Files" and Anatoly Kucherena's book, "Time of the Octopus". Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden.
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Separate tables for broken people [04 Aug 2018|06:52pm]

[ mood | recumbent ]

I've posted a review of Separate Tables over at my journal, under the title "And They're Separated by Ennui".

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Let's be honest; sex has always sold [01 Aug 2018|05:42pm]

[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of Blessed Event over at my journal. You can find it under the title "He Should Have Been Born Sixty Years Later"

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"TROPIC THUNDER" (2008) Review [30 Jul 2018|08:47am]


"TROPIC THUNDER" (2008) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of the 2008 comedy, "TROPIC THUNDER". Directed by Ben Stiller, it starred him, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
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It turned sour very quickly [29 Jul 2018|09:42pm]

[ mood | lethargic ]

I've posted a review of the movie Sweetie over at my journal.

Review here: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/205814.html

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A Melodrama Within a Melodrama [26 Jul 2018|01:09pm]

[ mood | working ]

I've posted a review of Children of Paradise over at my journal.

Review: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/205424.html

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"STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI" (2017) Review [25 Jul 2018|07:20pm]



I wrote this REVIEW of "STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI", the ninth film in the "STAR WARS" franchise, and second in the Sequel Trilogy. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the movie stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
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Mamma Mia - Again! [24 Jul 2018|11:54pm]

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Reporters behaving badly [22 Jul 2018|10:18pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

I've posted a double feature over at my journal; the original and remake of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

1956 version: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/204808.html
2009 version: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/205109.html

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"THE BEGUILED" (2017) Photo Gallery [20 Jul 2018|06:09pm]


"THE BEGUILED" (2017) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "THE BEGUILED', the 2017 adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan's 1966 novel. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the movie starred Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst.
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Well, I wouldn't invite him [18 Jul 2018|10:27pm]

[ mood | full ]

I've posted a review of The Man Who Came to Dinner over at my journal.

Review: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/204731.html

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A Dying Profession [14 Jul 2018|06:42pm]

[ mood | blah ]

I've posted a review of Death of a Salesman over at my journal.

Review here: https://allisontooey.livejournal.com/204530.html

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"THE GLASS KEY" (1935) Review [12 Jul 2018|07:31pm]


"THE GLASS KEY" (1935) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "THE GLASS KEY", the 1935 adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 1930-31 novel. Directed by Frank Tuttle, the movie starred George Raft and Edward Arnold.
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