FISH TANK leaves you wondering what’s more bleak: continuing to exist within a world of misery without any hope or continuing to always hope for something better but your hopes always being dashed. Director Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age British realism film feels very raw. Katie Jarvis wonderfully plays Mia, the angst-filled unloved teenager. Michael Fassbender also provides a great performance as Conor, the man who turns her world upside after providing her some hope. Even with barebones camerawork, this is a beautifully shot film.
Red Desert 1964
RED DESERT is Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first film in colour. It’s interesting to see a directors first film post-B&W. The visuals and shot compositions are fantastic as the grim world around our main character is built out. Monica Vitti wonderfully plays Giuliana, a wife and mother who finds herself being surrounded by her husbands work. You feel her loneliness. Her despair. Her inability to enjoy her surroundings. You too feel like you’re stuck in the industrial revolution that is…
The Father 2020
THE FATHER stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as a man that is suffering from dementia and I honestly can say that this film made me feel like I was suffering along with him. The script is impeccable. The production design is extraordinary, especially as little changes are made throughout the film. The acting is phenomenal. I think an Oscar nom for Hopkins is a sure bet and wouldn’t be surprised even a little bit if he took the prize home. Olivia…
NOMADLAND is another achingly beautiful film from director Chloé Zhao. She is always able to capture such beauty and honesty in her films and that is expertly displayed here. A portrait into the lives of a type of person that is rarely depicted on screen. Those with a wandering spirit. Those that want to live their lives in their own way. Those that don’t want to be tied down in one place. Frances McDormand is absolutely spellbinding as the lead…