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Raw | Review

★★★★

Raw has in it the most terrifying scene you will see in 2017. A disturbing vignette in which shots disorientate, the soundtrack sickens and all captured in the camera’s frame represent a threat. Three words can describe the sequence and each one will indeed send a chill to the very root of your spine; be warned, they may even put you off from daring to enter your local screening at all: student house party. The nightmare is real and were these deafening drunken exploits not horrifying enough, the plot cascading around them concerns cannibalism. This is certainly an experience offering much to get your teeth into. Ahem.

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Power Rangers | Review

★★

The arrival of a Power Rangers reboot in the present era of superhero overload was so inevitable that the most surprising facet of its 2017 debut is the fact that it’s taken quite so long to morph from the ether. Those able to remember the 1990s Mighty Morphin TV series may have in the intervening years forgotten just how joyfully awful it was, a prime example as it is of the ability of campy nonsense to transcend its own awfulness and achieve a nostalgic status of adoration. There is something admittedly iconic about badass Teletubbies in onesies vocally karate kicking there way through innumerable bad guys.

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The Love Witch | Review

★★★★

There’s a pivotal scene in Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows in which the reflected image of Jane Wyman’s Cary is framed within a television screen, bought for her by her family. Its a symbolically charged moment, the film revolving around the socially ‘scandalous’ relationship of an affluent widow and her younger gardener, dictating that a woman of Cary’s age and marital status must be prisoner to a life ruled by consumerism and the home. Sixty-seven years later, Anna Biller appropriates the image in The Love Witch, maintaining Sirk’s glorious technicolor, in her use of a mirror as the captive frame not of the woman, who moves freely in and out, but of the man, who is slavishly trapped in his bed. Whilst perfectly capturing the aesthetics of mid-twentieth century Hollywood, Biller’s film is a subversive, and deliciously addictive, feminist hit.

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King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World in Retrospective

‘I’m going out to make the greatest picture in the world. Something that nobody’s ever seen or heard of!’

When Kong: Skull Island hits the big screens next week it’ll be a CGI behemoth taking centre stage, quite some distance from the 18” metal mesh skeleton of Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 original: King Kong. This month marks eight-four years since the first appearance of everyone’s favourite eighteen-foot ape and it would be fair to say that times have changed rather a lot in the meantime. For one thing, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ reboot is unlikely to see Brie Larson subserve to the damsel in distress role of Fay Wray’s Ann Darrow. On the other hand, you might be surprised as to just how well the original stands up even today.

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The Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Thank you very much to The Cinematic Explorer for the Nomination! Bit of fun so here goes!

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by the wonderful Okoto Enigma, who I’m sure we can all agree can describe the award better in her own words, than I ever could, so without further ado:

“The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion”.

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The Rules

Put the award logo/image on your blog
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m a student of Art History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where I write film reviews for the student newspaper, The Saint.
  2. When I was younger I made documentary films about my family – sometimes embarrassing, sometimes a joy to watch back now!
  3. I’m from Yorkshire in the North of England and am proud to be so! A good Yorkshire film? The Full MontyBilly LiarThe Railway Children…I could go on!

Who’s your all time favourite actor?

Until I started writing this answer I would’ve have no idea, but, having started typing, it’s occurred to me that of course my favourite actor is James Stewart! Rear WindowIt’s a Wonderful LifeVertigo…Stewart was the Tom Hanks of his day – ever reliable and always watchable! No wonder that he was named in the AFI’s top three Hollywood screen legends!

What’s your favourite type of film genre?

Cop out of an answer but I love films that mix genres and defy expectations in doing so. Take Elle, a recent example. Elle sits in a very slippery position in terms of its genre – part psychological rape-revenge thriller, part brilliantly funny satire. It’s a disturbing and uncomfortable watch but breathtakingly unpredictable!

Who’s your favourite Director and what’s their best film to date?

Classically, I’d probably have to say Hitchcock. In terms of working actors today however, it’s a hard pick between Martin Scorsese – Mean Streets for me! – and Alejandro González Iñárritu – until last year his best was Birdman for me, then he made The Revenant! The man’s a genius.

If you could see any film early (before its release date) this year, what would it be?

Beauty and the Beast, with Blade Runner 2049 a close second. My adoration for the original films of both these two is so inordinately high that I feel a strange sense of personal investment. I just don’t want to be disappointed, is that so much to ask?

Pirates or Wizards?

Wizards, no question. Easy. Come on: Gandalf, Dumbledore, Merlin…! I’m a Harry Potter fan through and through; Pirates of the Caribbean has been through some rocky waters of late, but Fantastic Beasts proved that the magicians’  have still got this in the bag.

I’m going to nominate:

Hammy Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

The Cinema Elite

Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)

Keith Loves Movies

Plain, Simple Tom Reviews

CineMuseFilms

Keith & the Movies

lloydmarken

dbmoviesblog

They’re all marvellous so do give them a look! I’d be fascinated to hear their answers to the following questions…

  1. Is there a remake/reboot of a film that you wish you could erase from history?
  2. If you could put any director and any actor together from any time in history for one film, who would they be?
  3. What was your favourite film of 1987? (Totally random one there!)
  4. Why do you write about film, or anything really?
  5. Which film should win Best Picture at the Oscars this weekend?

As for my favourite post? I’m particularly fond of the Silence review I did.

T.S.

In Plain Sight: The Funny Thing about Cameos

A cameo is the term given to describe an item of jewellery, typically oval in shape, which is engraved with a profiled portrait. Dating as far back as antiquity, cameos have been a common feature of the art world throughout history; Elizabeth I is known to have given courtiers cameos baring her own personage as a means of reminding the recipient of where their true loyalties lie. In the context of a film blog, however, a cameo is the small appearance of a well known actor within a film. For example, the word ‘however’ made a cameo in the previous sentence. It would seem that binge-watching Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has left me somewhat obsessed by definitions. For which I apologise.

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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

2016, sorry to break this to you pal but you’ve not been the best year. Politics, international relations, conflicts and all those celebrity deaths? You’ve got to admit that you’ve dropped the ball a bit.

On the other hand…I suppose you have given us a pretty solid year on the film front. I mean: The Revenant, Spotlight and Room all in one month?! We were spoilt! You’ve been pretty on form with the animations this year: Finding Dory, Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootropolis – perhaps best not to mention Sausage Party. Your blockbusters were a bit more hit and miss: Captain America was a corker and The Jungle Book was stunning – bravo. Then you gave us Suicide Squad. Seriously 2016? D- for that one, must try harder.

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