Amour (2012)

The following review has appeared nowhere on the web recently, although it “was there” on the web a few years ago. But I still have the content that I can re-post. I’m not 100 percent satisfied with the quality of that once published review, as a writer knows when something they write is not feeling perfect. This review is one of those moments. So, I’ve revised it to reasonable satisfaction. Here’s the revised review.

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The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

Based on the popular video game, Angry Birds, comes the hilarious animated movie version, which spawned a sequel in 2019.

The Angry Birds Movie (2016) is about an island of flightless birds who have their own guardian, the Eagle (Peter Dinkage). Three little and not so little, but extraordinarily cute, juvenile-esque birds – Red, Chuck and Bomb – call on the Eagle when their island is visited by suspicious green pigs.

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E.T. (1982)

This neat fantasy, set in an American town, is a famous film directed by Steven Spielberg, that ended his golden period, that started with Jaws in 1975, and in 1984 was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom which didn’t quite live up to expectations. The film E.T. is on one level quite ordinary, an accurate observation of childhood down to the minute details. Children of a separated mother get on with life as best they can, when something extraordinary happens to change their lives, the appearance of an extra-terrestrial life form on their “doorstep”,

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Dinner at Eight (1933)

A witty comedy about posh New York society where a string of ambitious individuals are invited to attend a dinner at the home of a wealthy businessman who’s dying, as the guests have their eye on moving on up, and making the right impression, yet the tone is quite ironic, and the emptiness of their lives is hinted at. Yet the characters are not at all dislikeable. Perhaps this one echoes the gospel maxim that life does not consist of one’s possessions, and aiming to get wealthy is a pitfall, although I am not quite sure if that was the intention. Despite one pre-Hays Code concern, Dinner at Eight has a cast of brilliant performances throughout, the dialogue and scenes are more than well handled and for a very stage-liked production it’s not all noticeable, superbly directed. A sheer delight.

5 out of 5 stars

A Night at the Opera (1935)

It’s a comedy farce that makes a sly comment about the lacks in capitalism at a philosophical and practical level, through situational comedy and wisecracks. It’s also got interludes of entertaining music and singing. I found it barely amusing, mostly unfunny, and uneven in its distribution of amusements, although the Marx Brothers are likeable enough but don’t quite make up for it.

2 stars out of 5 stars

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

I was in the mood for something light and I was reminded of the trailer of the new Pokemon movie which was quite a bit of fun. So I watched the actual feature film. I’m aware, although I hardly paid close attention, that Pokemon is a video game but I don’t know much about it. I relied on the film I saw (2019) (which seems to be an adaptation of the game). It did fill me in with this and that, but most interestingly every human in Rhyme City has a Pokemon,

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Retirement, sort-of

A little while ago, I said I would be posting reviews on the anniversary of the film’s release, but have had a change of mind, and have decided to retire from film reviewing, after considering it with some thought. Big reveal–not, really. May still review albums and music and probably will. It’s about retiring the film reviewing, but will still read about film and watch them occasionally, without the necessity to review them.

Filmmakers don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story

I was pleasantly surprised to find in the post, one day twenty years ago, a clipping of a published article of mine and a cheque for a certain amount. The following article got published and it’s about film and history. On retrospect, it’s not a thorough article as I could have cited some filmmakers that seem to follow historical fact closely, which would have been the exception, apparently. For my article, it’s about the right to tell a story versus the facts of history. I interviewed three people on the subject and two were producers, one a teacher of history. Here it is as it was published.

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