Reviews from 02/2017

Clouds of Sils Maria

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 27 February 2017

This film is about a woman (Juliette Binoche) who is asked to feature in a stage presentation of a film that she appeared in 20 years previously. She agrees to do it and together with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) she goes to the Waldhaus hotel overlooking the Alpine village of Sils-Maria in Switzerland to rehearse for the role.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zup27u6tMzY

During the summers of 1881 and 1883 to 1888 philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche visited a nearby house in Sils Maria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyNYtVW9TH0  

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La La Land

Music reviewed by Rob Mason on 21 February 2017

La La Land is a 2016 American musical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.

A movie that has attracted a lot of attention although I can’t really see why.  It seemed to me that the story line about following your dream was not enough to pick…Read

Love Actually

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 20 February 2017

Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are shown to be interlinked as their tales progress. Most of the film was filmed on location in London. 

The United States release was on 14 November 2003 and a week later in the United Kingdom, where it debuted to positive reviews, but received mixed-to-positive reviews in the US. The film was a box-office success, grossing almost $247 million worldwide on a…Read

I am Love

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 14 February 2017

‘I am Love’ is a film about a woman:Tilda Swinton who plays the part of Emma Recchi.  She is married to Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and lives together with their three children, Edo (Flavio Parenti), Gianluca (Mattia Zaccaro), and Elisabetta, or Betta (Alba Rohrwacher). Tancredi the husband works in the family clothing business and shows more interest in doing this than looking after Emma his wife. The story is a universal one where a middle-aged wife loses interest in her marriage and seeks stimulation outside the home, or more particularly as…Read

A Bigger Splash

reviewed by Rob Mason on 8 February 2017

A Bigger Splash is a 2015 English-language Italian-French psychological drama dark comedy film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Alain Page and David Kajganich, based on the film La Piscine.

Director Luca Guadagnino has done an amazing job in bringing the four main actors together in such a masterly way. Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts are completely in sync with each other.  Harry, Tilda Swinton’s ex manager played by Ralph Fiennes is superb and totally convincing in his larger than life role as a showbiz entrepreneur.  Dakota…Read

Fatima

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 2 February 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8ISCAvj_h4

Fatima is the universal story of a solo mothers’ efforts to raise her two daughters on a limited budget. The film is based on the poetry and short prose collections, “Prayer to the Moon,” and “I can walk alone” by Fatima Elaoubi, published in Arabic in France. The three main actresses, Fatima the mother and the two daughters were non-professional actresses who had the same or similar background to the characters they portray in the film.

The film is about Fatima:…Read