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Lucky

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Harry Dean Stanton, harry-dean-stanting. Marvellous [fin]

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Written by Tony Kiernan

19 September 2018 at 7:32 pm

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American Animals

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It’s really good. Kinda like an heist-movie version of American Splendor. Mixes documentary and drama. Tense and funny. One of the best things I’ve seen this year. Highly recommended

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 September 2018 at 8:41 am

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Mom & Dad

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The size of Nicolas Cage‘s performance seems to be in directly inverse proportion to the budget of this movie. This bonkers, micro-budget, thrill-ride, almost-but-not-quite of a movie. From the folk what made the Cranks [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 11:28 am

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Gringo

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Surprisingly enjoyable farce/caper. A total mess. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for recommending it to anyone. But, it’s got Theron in super-bitch villainous mode [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 10:15 am

Lady Bird

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You’ve seen this film before. And, probably done just as well. Excellent performances from Saoirse Ronan and Jackie from Roseanne, though. Confident, seemingly effortless, debut from Gerwig. Most of the jokes are in the trailer [fin]

Written by Tony Kiernan

18 March 2018 at 9:01 am

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Loveless

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It can’t have been all that bleak and miserable, it made me want to go back to Russia. It was pretty bleak and miserable though. And, therefore, surprisingly funny. Right up my street

Written by Tony Kiernan

15 February 2018 at 11:30 am

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The Shape of Water

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When I heard that Jean-Pierre Jeunet was getting pissy about this lifting from his work, I scoffed. (Not least because I’m fairly certain Marc Caro was the real talent.) But, flipping ‘eck Tucker, he sure does have a point. While not quite a Ziggy-Bauhaus cover version level of things, but we are definitely in the realm of written by Gallagher-Innes-Lennon-McCartney. It brazenly and blatantly tonally lifts from his work. There are recognisable riffs and rhythms to it. This means that it ultimately is cutesy with none of the real grotesquerie that it needs (so, all Jeunet no Caro). I’d rather have seen this made with the voice of the director of (the over-rated) Pan’s Labyrinth than this weird Dick Tracy world.

Truth be told, I’d rather see the daddy of it all Terry Gilliam tell this tale.

That said, none of this should be taken as an indication that the film’s no good. I definitely went with it’s premise, which is probably triumph enough. The problem is, once you have, there’s ot really much more to it. Could/should be better

Written by Tony Kiernan

15 February 2018 at 11:01 am