“Licorice Pizza” - My Thoughts 💭
“Licorice Pizza” - Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson A new film from one of my favourite filmmakers with “There Will Be Blood” being an absolute modern classic and “Magnolia” coming in close second in my books - I was curious what to expect from Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest “Licorice Pizza” which comes approximately five years after his last feature “Phantom Thread” in 2017.
House of Gucci - My Thoughts 💭
House of Gucci - Dir. Ridley Scott Based on the true story of the, at once, gradual dissolution of the esteemed brand Gucci and its family legacy by the ambitious, yet reckless Patrizia (Lady Gaga) wife of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). What begins as an awkward romance between the two, dissolves into an, at times, soapy tale of betrayal, deadly ambition and murder. Also starring Jeremy Irons as Maurizio’s father Rodolfo, Al Pacino as his uncle Aldo, as well as Jared Leto as his nephew Paolo Gucci. If that was not enough, we also get scenes with Jack Houston, Salma Hayek and France’s Camille Cotton.
North By NorthWest - Theatre Review
I originally saw the stage version of “North By Northwest” as a part of the Adelaide Festival Centre program in early 2019, directed by Simon Phillips. This touring production is now on at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre until the 3rd of April 2022, with David Campbell in the lead role. In light of this, I thought I’d upload my review (below) of my experience of the Adelaide show at the Festival Theatre.
“The Batman” - My Thoughts 💭
Where to start? What a hot mess. At over 170 minutes you are either all in or you are not. Which were you? This latest incarnation of the popular comic book superhero is directed by Matt Reeves - the director behind “Cloverfield” and the last two “Planet of the Apes” films. Here an unseen Riddler is murdering Gotham’s political figures and leaving clues and cards with riddles for Batman. Batman teams up with Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) to find and unmask the killer, as well as uncover a trail of corruption including the Gotham City Police Department.
Belfast - My thoughts 💭
Belfast - Dir. Kenneth Branagh “Belfast” is about a young boy growing up in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, with a city on the brink of rioting and violent turmoil with the Irish protestants fighting with predominantly British isle catholics which bring the country’s messy history to the surface. Instead of focusing solely on the political tensions of this tumultuous time, the director Kenneth Branagh chooses to provide a semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in the aforementioned city. The film is framed from a child’s perspective, in this case through the eyes of Buddy played by Jude Hill who gives a lovely performance. He lives with his older brother, and Ma and Pa played by Jamie Dornan (in a more emotionally mature role to date) and Caitriona Balfe (known for her role in the “Outlander” series). His father spends much of his time working in England. The wonderful Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds as Granny and Pop also fill the busy working class household. While “Belfast” is not heavy on story, it’s about all those little experiences that make up life whilst growing up, yet set against a fearfully uncertain political backdrop. It’s this innocent hue of nostalgia Branagh has embedded in his film which will be winning with audiences. The memorable soundtrack to “Belfast” also includes many songs by Van Morrison.
Spencer - My Thoughts 💭
“Spencer” is far better than I had originally thought it had any right to be. In-between feeling over-saturated by the cloying character of Diana in the last two seasons of “The Crown” and the Naomi Watts starred film “Diana” back in 2013, which was severely slaughtered and I thought not quite as bad as people seemed to make it out to be. I was getting a bit of Diana sequel fatigue. Then there is the fact that I am unequivocally not a fan of Kristen Stewart (who plays the title role) and I usually tend to avoid her at all costs! So why did I enjoy this film so much?
“C’mon C’mon” - my thoughts 💭
“C’mon C’mon” is a much needed warm embrace of a film in our current social climate. Directed by Mike Mills; the film is a naturalistic, existential dramedy that concerns the relationship between somewhat estranged brother and sister played by Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny and Gaby Hoffmann as Viv. Johnny visits his sister after a long break and reacquaints himself with his mischievous and intelligent nephew Jesse (Woody Norman). Johnny decides he wants to ask him to join him for a week and a bit in NYC to work on his journalist team’s research for a radio show - to which he smiles and says “I’d love to”. Here they interview youth about their hopes and fears for the future. All the while his mother Viv back home, deals with helping her partner, Jesse’s father (who has bi-polar) and has recently moved out.