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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
I've seen this movie so many times and just today I caught it again on the tube. I never get tired of it. The cinematography. The music. The incredible acting. The compelling story. Everything!
On Chesil Beach (2017)
Love Saoirse, but ...
This movie was a particular disappointment as Saoirse put in another wonderful performance and the co-star Billy Howle was also good. It is a coming-of-age movie with the awkwardness of the two parties being central. But unfortunately the scenes of their awkwardness go on forever and the quite nice music in the background, rather than making it more important, just seems to be pushing it. This movie needed a lot more substance or a lot sharper editing ... or maybe a different director. Maybe the moral is that the author (here Ian McEwan, whose work I like a lot) shouldn't be allowed to write the screenplay.
Not an unpleasant way to spend a couple of hours, but I really hope that Saoirse takes on meatier roles.
Love Theron, but
I'm a big fan of Charlize Theron. Young Adult -- where she plays a somewhat similar role -- is one of my favorites. Here she is a harried mom, two kids
already -- one with special needs -- and then the birth of the third. She plays
it absolutely beautifully. She is totally overwhelmed and then the night nanny,
played nicely by McKanzie Davis, comes and their relationship is great.
But there is a beef and that is the ending. The movie swerves into mermaids and fantasy. Hey, I have nothing against mermaids but this is totally jarring as the rest of the movie has such gritty realism to it.
Change the last ten minutes and you'd have a ten star movie, another triumph for Charzine
The Big Sick (2017)
I loved it!
I just loved this movie. Its billed as a comedy and I did laugh out loud frequently but it is also a touching drama of relationship and illness and the quintessential American story of the immigrant family's son and the white bread girlfriend. It had a very sweet touch, mixing the comedy and drama. Ray Romano was fantastic as the father of the girlfriend and I also really liked the girl, Zoe Kazan. Sorry, this isn't much of a review except to say that it was really very good!
The Circle (2017)
Awful Awful Awful -- and so disappointing!
I love Dave Eggers and I liked (not loved) the book and I was really looking forward to this movie which is absolutely terrible. What a waste of Emma Watson's talents. Tom Hanks is excellent but what a fraud, he only appears occasionally. The script is so incredibly ponderous, pontificating endlessly on the dire consequences of a world where everything is known. I could go on and on -- SKIP THIS MOVIE!!