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I perhaps can understand why many haven't liked the film - particularly if this has been adapted from a novel. But I read about this film and it interested me in the sense that the origins of this concept can be traced back to Greek literature. So I went along expecting almost anything - I came away from this having understood what the film is saying and I really believe that this is the trick to enjoying the film on an artistic level. It bellies the disaster of the invasion of Iraq, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and most particularly - 9/11. But that is only my perception, perhaps everyone reads something different from this heavily subtext-ed film. For me it delivers beautifully.
It's stark, brutal, honest and clear - but one must view with an open mind and take it's message into consideration. I gave it eight out of ten. Not a great film but definitely a very good one. Well done to the film-makers.
CQ2 (Seek You Too) (2004)
Though I watched this without the benefit of subtitles and I don't speak a word of French, this is one of the most beautiful films that I've seen. It's difficult to believe that the French or Canadian's didn't embrace this bold and imaginative film.
The colors, the music, the dance and the characters are brilliantly brought to the screen by Carole Laure and I gave it 10/10. Danielle Hubbard, Jean Marc Barr, Clara Furey and Mireille Thibault are perfectly cast.
Enchanting, provocative, enthralling. Hard to find, but if you get the chance, watch it. Remember, I can't speak French, but I love it and I believe you'll enjoy it.
Wicked Stepmother (1989)
I liked it!
Sadly this film has been trashed over and over. But Bette Davis actually saves this movie from being totally forgotten. It was our last opportunity to see her act before her passing in Oct 1989. She doesn't look anywhere near as bad as she thought she did; in the scene where she meets her new step-grandson, she looks very effective in her white ensemble.
It has it's funny moments, Bette is both dry and witty in her principal scenes and I'd love to see it out on DVD. I gave it 8 out of 10. No problems with the production design nor direction. Cohen made a courageous attempt to put together a quick fix storyline after Bette Davis walked out after one week's filming and I salute him for giving Bette a final opportunity to appear on screen. She's wonderful in her too few scenes. A complete riot. If only it could have been completed, this would have been quite a comedy.
Thanks to the cast and crew for working on this film after the difficulties. If they hadn't, we'd never have seen the scene's Bette did film.
I liked it!
My First Love (1988)
Restrained Bea Arthur offering gives this film dimension.
Well worth a look for Bea Arthur fans, it's unlikely to win her any new ones. However I found Miss Arthur's overall performance to give the plot a depth that would have been lost otherwise. Filmed specifically for TV, it does come across as hurried and poorly developed and this is where it spoils. Also Joan Van Ark's "Claire" is little more than irritating.
Nicely dealing with a late-in-life love affair, the two main characters (Jean and Sam) rekindle their feelings with one another yet they both have obstacle's of their own to deal with first. Jean must put to rest her widowhood and Sam must set himself free from his fear of ageing and/or death. There are some comical moments that keep this alive and some of the supporting actors offer some interesting banter.
However it's saving grace is a rare appearance on film of Miss Bea Arthur, something to keep and cherish, offering us a subtle and restrained performance that gives this the depth that it needs. Miss Arthur is always going to be an American "First Love" and I recommend that this will keep you entertained.
El Medina (1999)
Shown in Australia as "The City", this exceptional film is an excellently written story.
The main character "Ali" (Bassem Samra),is a young accountancy graduate with a passion for acting. He leaves Egypt for France in the hope he might find an acting career and a better life. But his dreams infuriate his father who wants him to move to Saudi Arabia and become rich. In France Ali meets Roschdy, who helps him find work, accommodation and gets him a fake ID. But his life becomes a constant battle in more ways than one as he struggles to hide his real identity.
Though this was apparently filmed on 35mm film, it does come across at different times as though it was filmed on someone's home video and so you do get the feeling you are watching an amateur production. However there is some excellent acting from Samra who captures the essence of the role and his supporting cast offer strong back-up.
Well worth the time to watch, I share the loneliness of "Ali" in his time in France as a foreigner in a unwelcoming country.
A well rounded story where our hero finds his true self in end. Excellent viewing.
The Whales of August (1987)
A Golden Tribute
I will attempt to be as impartial as possible in my review, but right from the outset, I do believe that the flaw in this magnificently presented tribute' is not in the actresses (as most commentary' seem to be intent particularly on Davis), but in the film itself.
Libby (Davis) provides with gusto a controlled, deep and thoughtful portrayal of ageing that has soured with time. Hating being dependent on anyone, she has to rely heavily on her sister Sarah (Gish) because of her physical limitations and her near blindness. She provides the backbone to this gentle fable and without her strength we would have little to learn from. Her solo scene in her bedroom with her late husbands clip of hair, is touching and heart-warming. Here she is photographed superbly and you come away from this shot reassured that there is timeless and unconditional love still around us in the world somewhere. If there is one fault in her overall performance, it is her first scene, where appearing to almost glow in the dark like a ghostly image, wanting to convey to us her blindness, she relies heavily upon her trademark hand and eye movement, for which she is renowned for instead of allowing us to observe more gently the introduction of Libby Strong.
Gish stands out as truly magnificent. Her denial of an `Oscar' nomination for Best Actress is a sad fact, for if ever she earned it in the last twenty or so years, this was the one. Her expressions and reactions to her fellow characters are without blemish. We feel for `Sarah' and are delighted when she gets her picture window. Not solely for the picture window' but more for the fact that `Libby' shows her first sign in possibly many years of not giving in to death. Gish also carries her solo scene effortlessly when celebrating alone, her beloved husband Philip's memory on their 46th Wedding Anniversary. It's beautiful and elegant.
Sothern, Carey Jr. and Price add substantial weight to their respective supporting performances and they also give us a little uplift when the spirits' almost seemed to be weighing down with age. Sothern, though, appears too young for the storyline though in fact she wasn't. Price is grand. His sponge' is likeable and meticulously interpreted; though I was always glad when his part had finished, I wanted back to the ladies. Carey Jr. could have hung around a bit longer. He was a delight in his too few scenes. He gave it a charge. Davis and Carey Jr. where a good match I must say!!
The fault as far as I'm concerned lay in the storyline and the static photography with the conversation pieces. We didn't need the real estate scene and we could have had more in depth conversation between Sarah and Libby alone. The hand held photograph viewer scene was the perfect opportunity for a journey into the realm of their respected lives the sad moment and the happier moment. Again it escaped us on the shoreline when seated on an upturned dinghy. A breath of fresh air, from the almost claustrophobic feel of being confined to and around Sarah's home, beautiful though it was this was cinema after all.
Then there is the cinematography. Heavily reliant upon editing, the camera didn't seem to have any interest in following the cast nor the story. It broke off as if bored to show us Sothern' picking a berry from a bowl, then upon approval, taking it to share with the others. The entrance back inside the house after their walk to the edge (Gish and Sothern), broke off from Davis hanging her coat to seating herself, when I feel that we could have had more interest for the viewer if we could have done that in a single take. Some POV shots from the arm of the Libby's armchair or her pondering over the ocean when recalling the November chill in her bones (remembering her late husbands passing) to see the scene as she could only feel it and not seen it, could all have been handled better much better. These are only two of the faults as I have seen them.
Anderson deserves much credit for allowing this opportunity see the light of day in such a commercial' day and age. And also some of his handling is gentle and sensitive. However it is obvious that he holds a long held passion for `Lillian Gish' in her hey day and this somewhat overshadows the whole project a deserved as it may be. When you consider the wealth of talent dabbling in their shallow pool of opportunity, you can't help but wish that they had made more of their Whale of an opportunity and given us something deeper for the Whales of August to dive away into.
. it's a golden tribute to America's greatest. Thank you Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Sothern, Carey Jr. and Price. It's well worth the 88 minutes of watching time, just to see you on the screen where you always belonged.
Can't Take This Film Seriously
It is great one moment and then slacking the next. This film only delivers in the moments that the girls are sharing/chatting.
The only good thing that I can say about this film is that it offers a tiny glimpse of Leigh's later greatness with Secrets and Lies and Career Girls. Far more interesting and consistent in story. I feel guilty that I am one of the few that don't like this, but I hope that I don't have to sit through it again.....ever !!
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Best British Film I've Ever Watched
If you're going to see this film, prepare yourself for a smack in the mouth. Sheer brilliant camera techniques, realistic dialogue and the monumentally commanding presence of the actors; And that's all the actors, not just the main ones. This is one of the few films I've ever given 10 out of 10 for. Burke and Winstone wowed me from the start. It's a must see. Watch for more by this Director - Gary Oldman.
Death on the Nile (1978)
This film has to be the most underrated films ever made. It hosts some of the best performances to date of the likes of Ustinov, Lansbury and Mia Farrow and brilliant characterisations from Maggie Smith, Bette Davis and Jane Birkin. To be honest they all gave this film their best. The locations are magnificent, the costumes stunning and the intrigue is masterfully worked on. Simply the best "Christie" film of them all. I was a Bette Davis fan before the film and when I saw it upon release I was introduced to so many other performers that I have this film to thank for that. 10 out of 10 !!!
The Claim (2000)
Peter Mullan is good in most things that he's involved with. I'm definitely a fan, he's a damn good actor. Plus I enjoy Kinski and Thomas Hardy storylines and the slant on this was interesting. Beautiful scenery and some fine camera work. But overall this was a clunker. The actress "Sarah Polley" was just simply awful. She spoilt it so much for and irritated me that I wanted to turn it off. Why do actors/actresses get parts based soley on their good looks. Perhaps she is good in something else, but this movie really did hang very much on liking this young lady and she lost a good opportunity with this part. Pity. I'd like to see this novel made again but this time, base it back in Wessex where it belongs. Nice try.