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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★½

    7 /10

    If the viewer isn't the biggest fan of The Boss, both for what he sings & stands for, they might have issues with this.
    I usually ignore musicals, but being a MIFF Member Freebie (albeit @ 10:15am!!) coupled with an Ode to Springsteen, that was enough for me to set a Saturday morning alarm.

    I immediately detected some Very Big Nods to Director Stephen Frears My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) , which I love & which was created & released in the…

  • Time Stood Still

    Time Stood Still

    ★★★★½

    9 /10

    That glorious moment of Natale seeing gorgeous pup Roberto falling backwards into the snow just to create an imprint, & hearing his pom-pom hatted joy ... I'm still such a sucker for all that.

    This entire Ermanno Olmi Retrospective @ Melbourne Cinematheque has been wonderful.

  • Pause

    Pause

    ★★★★

    8 /10

    I was so hoping when I read the blurb that we might see our Lead, Elpida, unleash a little of her inner Sarah Connor or maybe even Carrie ; but, alas ....

    Fantastic performances by Stella Fyrogeni & Andreas Vasileiou in both the lead roles.

    As part of the Greek Film Festival it was a near sold out community event & unsurprisingly, given the story, a majority of the audience were Femmes of a particular demographic (ie: a lotta leopard).…

  • The Humorist

    The Humorist

    ★★★★

    8 /10

    I'm now adding an all-older-male, towel/sari clad & especially vodka-soaked Russian Sauna experience to the Bucket List.

    Look, this ticked all the right boxes about what to include in a contemporary Russian movie -
    the weary, jaded & cynical aspirational & unwashed tragi-comics, mention with disapproving mirth a Past President ̶P̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ ̶H̶a̶c̶k̶s̶ ̶&̶ ̶S̶c̶o̶u̶n̶d̶r̶e̶l̶s̶ no longer revered, & the whole issue of political tummy-rubbing, power abuse & succession.

    But this movie did it well - especially by having a high ranking Party Official's…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★

    4 /10

    'You have to leave!"

    Imagine - just for a second - removing that entire fantastic Support Cast/ characters (standouts, unsurprisingly, being Tilda Swinton & her red wellingtons & Richard Ayoade & his glam leopard) to then be left watching - or worse, listening to ...
    a pair of oh-so-Knightsbridge co-dependent & manipulative dullards staring forlornly at each other & making the occasional pompous &/or pretentious statement, in between buying steak at Harrods & enjoying the ho-hummery of high tea.

    I've forgotten the names of the stuffed bed-toys, but they had more personality than our Leads combined.

    Yes, I'd been really looking forward to this, so points for Support Cast/characters & cinematography.

  • Faces of November

    Faces of November

    ★★★★

    8.5 /10

    A very poignant, non-verbal 12 minute doco, capturing the shell-shocked, disbelieving & grief-stricken faces of President Kennedy's wife, entire family & the general populace.

    Perhaps the most moving is the 3 Kennedy sisters, last seen in Adventures on the New Frontier laughing & joking with their brother Jack in the White Office Office - & that contrast is horrible.

    It's also noteworthy just how fantastic the Funeral March recreation is in (another favorite Director) Pablo Larrain's superb Jackie , especially that scene…

  • 1900

    1900

    ★★★★½

    9.5 /10

    Let's just get this out of the way first;
    this movie captures both De Niro & Depardieu in an upward career trajectory, & both boys look beautiful - these 2 things could be linked.
    Donald Sutherland horrifies - & as an actor, I so love him for doing so.

    Ennio Morricone's music is as supreme, as is the remastered digital restoration is beautiful.

    It was sightly fascinating that before we went in for the screening @ Como (a very typical Como…

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★½

    9 /10

    please watch this att. video trailer ;
    then remind yourself that it was created in 1970 by a 29 year old Italian boy.

    The Italian Film Festival screened this 2017 digital restoration, & it's even more beautiful.

  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

    ★★★★½

    9 .5 /10

    The extreme close-up access & insight into Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General (who, I have to say, at times effortlessly & unintentionally looks like a Bruce Weber model), is simply amazing.

    Not only does he allow the camera to literally follow him around from a joyously loud & messy breakfast with the 11 (!!) kids at home in the family kitchen, but, later in his work day, to then sit in on meetings in which his unashamed & undiplomatic disdain for…

  • The Legend of the Holy Drinker

    The Legend of the Holy Drinker

    ★★★

    6 /10

    Rutger Hauer;


    that is all.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    9.5 /10

    Randall: " ... another happy day in ChucklesVille.."

    It's as simple as saying it's a great & extremely entertaining movie ... & fwiw, I also thought the font was perfect.

    Spectacular photography, Gotham looked wonderfully gritty, & I especially loved the subway & train scenes.

    Had fab reaction to hearing Rock'n Roll Part 2 on that gorgeous stairwell scene (saw Gary Glitter @ Festival Hall back then too) & re performances - unsurprisingly, De Niro, Frances Conway & young Phoenix all get very BIG…

  • Il Posto

    Il Posto

    ★★★★★

    10 /10

    Firstly, I had a slightly different take on this movie to the L'boxd blurb.

    Took my seat knowing zilch about this movie - so sitting back & watching the lovely Sandro Panseri was all joy;
    every cocked eyebrow, every lingering glance was just perfect.

    I was 100% smitten by such a thoughtful, simple & delightfully mundane movie. For me, wonderfully faultless.