“Adore” by Anne Fontaine (Australia, 2013)

 

Adore

Excellent scenario and some fantastic editing.
Many have called it a bad movie (see the main ratings) because of its scandalous theme – two middle-aged women falling for two young men they know. However, the same critics wouldn’t have blinked if the movie had staged two men falling for their daughter-in-law. Hypocrisy at its best!

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe
Director: Anne Fontaine
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Novel: Doris Lessing
Music by Christopher Gordon
Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne
Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Ceinwen Berry

“Dunkirk” by Christopher Nolan (UK, 2017)

Dunkirk

Excellent direction / “This is a movie of vision and integrity made on an epic scale” writes Matt Zoller Seitz / A (British) patriotic movie in time of Brexit…

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy. Cillian Murphy. Harry Styles
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytema
Editor: Lee Smith
Composer: Hans Zimmer

“Blade Runner 2049” by Denis Villeneuve (USA, 2017)

Blade Runner 2049

Stylish, clever, at times poetic, at times too contemplative / Some of the secondary personages are not really correlated to the core of the story

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Carla Juri, Robin Wright
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Philip K. Dick, Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Editor: Joe Walker
Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer

“Good Time” by Ben & Joshua Safdie (USA, 2017)

Good Time

Intense thriller, sustained direction, truthful personages, great sound track
A movie that has a “visual language designed to enhance the mood of its leading man without distracting from it” writes Brian Tallerico; a movie in which everyone gets used and abused to no end

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Buddy Duress, Ben Safdie, Taliah Webster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi
Director: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
Writer: Ronald Bronstein, Joshua Safdie
Cinematographer: Sean Price Williams
Composer: Daniel Lopatin

“What Happened To Monday” by Tommy Wirkola (UK, 2017)

What Happened To Monday

Some excellent moments alternating with loss of momentum and some ridiculously weak bad guys

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writer: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
Cinematographer: José David Montero
Editor: Martin Stoltz
Composer: Christian Wibe

“Laggies” by Lynn Shelton (USA, 2014)

Laggies

Summarized: only the perfect (male) match can give sense to a woman’s life. No story to be proud of!
Just like Touchy Feely, a female reacts dramatically when her boyfriend offers her to commit herself more fully to their relationship. Adding to the sequel feeling, both movies stage an adult female, a teenager, and 2 adult males. In both movies, the “mother” is absent.
But instead of defining its personages realistically as they are in Touchy Feely, those in Laggies are inconsistent. A hopefully one-time hiccup in an up-to-now interesting oeuvre.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenplay: Andrea Seigel
Director of Photography: Benjamin Kasulke
Original Music Composer: Benjamin Gibbard

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