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  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    A dad film!

    Straightforward and compelling - needless to say Tom Hanks is solid.
    Elizabeth Shue is totally unnecessary, and the movie could have been less than 90 minutes without her character.

    Shot (partly) on the USS Kidd at Baton Rouge, Louisiana - the last Fletcher-class destroyer left in WW2 configuration. They actually weren't commissioned till after the movie was set (but who cares).
    The corny music was a distraction.

    Somebody please make a movie of 'HMS Ulysses'.

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Cute.
    A simple moving idea realised with love.

    Reminds me of John Cooper Clarke, who said: "a wedding is a funeral where you can smell your flowers".

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Brad Astra - a damn fine movie!

    It starts promisingly with the final shot of '2001: A Space Odyssey' – a floating face in a bubble and planet earth, each side of the frame.
    This is basically 'Apocalypse Now' in space. Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) starts on earth (Saigon) goes to the Moon (Nung River mouth), continues on to Mars (Do Long bridge) and finally goes too far up the river (Neptune) - searching for his insane father (Col.…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    First screener of the year!
    I really liked this, another slice o'life - this time pioneer era Oregon.
    Gently and sensually directed by Kelly Reichardt, who did the sublime 'Meek's Cuttoff'. She's from Miami but does seem to have thing for Oregon.

    It's a relationship movie about two men and a cow. And looks great in green.
    I'll deduct a point for having the cross brace on Cookie's shack door going the wrong way. Hey set designers: the brace on…