Film Journal

Some of the films and programmes I’ve seen. Last updated January 2018.

Related image Marcella. Hans Rosenfeldt, 2016.
British Scandi crime noir! Trippy, suspensful, engaging, intelligent performances.
★★★★
File:The Post (film).png - Wikipedia The Post. Steven Speilberg, 2017.
Theatrical, lessons from history, feminism, strong leads.
★★★
File:Lady Macbeth (film).png - Wikipedia Lady Macbeth. William Oldroyd, 2016.
Feminism, brilliant lead performance, dark, pensive.
★★★★
Image result for three billboards Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Martin McDonagh, 2017.
Tragedy, parable and morality, gritty, great performances.
★★★★
Image result for the miniaturist bbc The Miniaturist. BBC, 2017.
Atmospheric, fast-moving plot, glad I read the novel first. Characters too modern (ie anachronistic) for the story ∴
★★★
Image result for gravity film Gravity. Alfonso Cuarón, 2013.
Suspenseful, philosophical, action-packed, consumate performance by Sandra Bullock.
★★★★
Image result for the beguiled The Beguiled. Sofia Coppola, 2017.
Feminism, gothic, entertaining, “not quite bonkers enough to be camp and not quite strong enough to be really effective.”
★★★★
First Pics Of Dee Rees' Sundance 2017 Selection 'Mudbound ... Mudbound. Dee Rees, 2017.
Racism, poverty, Americana, stand-out script, pensive tragedy, solid acting.
★★★★
Image result for mollys game Molly’s Game. Aaron Sorkin, 2017.
Jessica Chastain deserved an Oscar nomination for this. Another Sorkin classic, highly entertaining.
★★★★
 Image result for the disaster artist The Disaster Artist. James Franco, 2017.
Funny, enjoyable, lighthearted, uncanny impersonations.
★★★
Image result for the secret scripture The Secret Scripture. Joe Wright, 2017.
“Rooney Mara is let down by weak scripting in this underpowered study of religious persecution in Ireland.” Melodramatic, but it still made me cry.
★★★
 Related image Madame Bovary. Sophie Barthes, 2016.
Moody, great cinematography and costume design, notable performance by Mia Wasikowska. Unsurprisingly, the book is much better.
★★
 Image result for alias grace Alias Grace. Mary Harron for CBC, 2017
Feminism, psychological crime, historical drama, manipulation and power. Left me wanting more.
★★★
 Image result for la la land LA LA Land. Damien Chazelle, 2016.
Better than expected but not amazing. Sweet, positive vibes, classic/retro American cinema.
★★★
Related image The Death of Stalin. Armando Iannucci, 2017
Satire, hilarious and timely, dark British humour.
★★★★
 Image result for blade runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049. Denis Villeneuve, 2017.
The special effects! K and Joi! The cinematography!
★★★★
Image result for the light between oceans The Light Between Oceans.
Family, expectations and disappointments, solitude. Loved the book, really enjoyed the film.
★★★★
Image result for wild film Wild. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014.
Close to home, raw, visceral, memoir, redemption.
★★★★
 Image result for Remains of the Day. The Remains of the Day. James Ivory, 1993.
Classic, understated, poignant, English, meditative.  
★★★
 Image result for my cousin rachel My Cousin Rachel. Roger Michell, 2017.
Suspenseful mystery, sexuality and feminism, a superbly cast Rachel Weisz.
★★★
 Related image Jackie. Pablo Larraín, 2016.
Natalie Portman ♥ brilliant impersonation, American nostalgia, behind-the-scenes, wistful.
★★★
Lego Batman.  J.A. Bayona, 2017.
Visually spectacular, grief, coming of age, dark fairytale.
★★★★
 Image result for a monster calls A Monster Calls.  J.A. Bayona, 2017.
Visually spectacular, grief, coming of age, dark fairytale.
★★★★
Image result for girl on the train The Girl on the TrainTate Taylor, 2016.
Entertaining, gaslighting and psychology, plot driven, redemption.
★★★★
Image result for jason bourne Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, 2016.
Disappointing, even with Alicia Vikander. Cybercrime is difficult to make into an action plot.
★★
 Image result for the danish girl The Danish Girl. Tom Hooper, 2015.
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander ♥ Poignant, beautiful cinematography, controversial, oversimplified, sad.
★★★
 Related image The Silence of the Lambs.  Jonathan Demme, 1991.
Cult horror classic, somewhat disappointing.
★★
Related image Zootropolis. Byron Howard and Rich Moore, 2016.
Smart scripts for children and adults, fables about bigotry and adversity, super cute.
★★★★
 Image result for high rise High-Rise. Ben Wheatley, 2016.
Dystopian but somewhat inert. Thought provoking but not quite sexy or brutal enough.
★★
 Image result for the big short The Big Short. Adam McKay, 2015.
Biographical comedy-drama, recent history, capitalism and greed.
★★★
Image result for spotlight film Spotlight. Tom McCarthy, 2015.
Detailed, sparse, poignant.
★★★
Image result for spectre James Bond: Spectre. Sam Mendes, 2015.
Meh. I only watched this for ‎Léa Seydoux.
★★
Gone with the Wind. Guy Ritchie, 2015.
Pure fun, nostalgic, camp, would see again.
★★★★
 Image result for the man from uncle The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Guy Ritchie, 2015.
Pure fun, nostalgic, camp, would see again.
★★★★
 Related image We Need to Talk About Kevin. Lynne Ramsay, 2011.
This film was disturbing and difficult to watch, but I cannot fault it artistically.
★★★★
Image result for amy film Amy. Asif Kapadia, 2015.
Heartbreaking, intimate.
★★★★★
Related image Slow West.  John Maclean, 2015.
Absurdist, creative, entertaining.
★★★★
Image result for far from the madding crowd tra Far from the Maddening Crowd. Thomas Vinterberg, 2015.
Lovely, strong and likeable characters, romantic (and Romantic), bucolic, classic, Carey Mulligan ♥
★★★★
 Image result for fish tank film Fish Tank. Andrea Arnold, 2009.
Haunting, atmospheric, poignant, bleak, margins of society.
★★★★
Image result for blade runner Blade Runner: The Final Cut. Ridley Scott, 1982.
Ground-breaking.
★★★★★
Image result for still alice Still Alice.  Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, 2014.
★★★
 Image result for boyhood film Boyhood. Richard Linklater, 2015.
Coming of age, genuine, tender, profound.
★★★★★
 Image result for welcome to the punch Welcome to the Punch.  
★★
Drive.  
★★★★★
The Place Beyond the Pines.  
★★★★
The Great Gatsby. 
★★★
Pain and Gain. 
★★
Image result for rush film Rush. 
★★★★
 Image result for one chance One Chance.
Feel-good, sweet and simple.
★★★
American Hustle.  
★★★★
The Wolf of Wall Street.  
★★★
Her. 
★★★
Lego Movie. 
★★★★
Belle.  
★★★
22 Jump Street.  
★★
 Image result for a most wanted man A Most Wanted Man. Anton Corbijn, 2014
Cerebral espionage thriller.
★★★
 Image result for before i go to sleep Before I go to Sleep. Rowan Joffé, 2014.
★★★
 Image result for the drop The Drop. 
★★
Related image The Imitation Game. 
★★★
 Related image Birdman. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014.
One of my favourite directors. I raved about this film! Absurdist, inventive, thought-provoking.
★★★★★
 Image result for selma Selma. Ava DuVernay, 2013.
Serious, moving.
★★★★
Image result for arbitrage film Arbitrage. Nicholas Jarecki, 2012.
Entitlement, capitalism, manipulation.
★★
 Related image Seven Psychopaths. Martin McDonagh, 2008.
★★★★
 Image result for seven psychopaths Seven Psychopaths. Martin McDonagh, 2012.
The first film I ever saw with my husband!
★★★