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Re: last movie you watched

Postby Delboy » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:07 pm

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I'm surprised to see 'Fist of Fury' make your top ten. It's a fine film of it's genre but if I had to pick one Bruce Lee movie it would have to be 'Enter the Dragon'.


I could easily have picked either, to be honest. Or both . . . Enter the Dragon is brilliant, but Fist of Fury may be the pinnacle of the genre, in my opinion. And where Enter the Dragon leans towards your typical espionage caper, Fist of Fury has an emotional resonance, great plotting and that killer ending. Not to mention stunning fight scenes. The Big Boss is terrific, too. As is Way of the Dragon -- and I could have chosen them, too.


Agreed. I found Way of the Dragon the weakest of the four plot wise but it is hard to criticise with that phenomenal scene with Chuck Norris at the Colliseum.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby Jove » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:14 pm

Delboy wrote:I found Way of the Dragon the weakest of the four plot wise but it is hard to criticise with that phenomenal scene with Chuck Norris at the Colliseum.


Yes! I agree. The ending fight scene is a classic!!
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:25 pm

I'm very fond of Way of the Dragon in most respects -- plot-wise, it's no great shakes, being, essentially, an eastern European-set western. But Lee, as writer, co-producer, director and star deserves heaps of credit for all of the aforementioned, not merely the great fight scenes -- which he also choreographed. Much of the humour is very localised, but the narrative repeatedly hints at, and leads towards, what's inevitable, and the payoff is tremendous -- the Lee/Norris showdown is one of cinema's all-time best fight scenes. But his encounters with Paul Wei and his henchmen offers much amusement and action, Wei, typically sleazy and more than a touch camp. His cohorts, a mismatch of types that Lee dispatches of in stunning fashion -- the double nunchaku scene is particularly memorable. I also like the score and the film's title sequence, which is very inventive.

I like Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame very much, Jove. It was great to have Tsui Hark back on such fine form -- he's ran hot-and-cold for years, now. Mostly cold. But this was very creative, brilliantly directed and well-scripted. The cinematography, as you've mentioned, is also a highlight. Andy Lau, however, was perfectly cast as the titular detective. It's one of his best performances in the past ten years, or so. Li Bing Bing is also good here, and Tony Leung Ka Fai is superb. He's still one of the most consistently good actors around.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby rocknroller » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:15 pm

Just back from 4 days in london ! time to catch up.greystoke awsome reviews as always.i love looper is now up there as one of my fav movies of the year.not seen the other 2 hopefully see them when i have my days off work (im back tomorrow) but the first movie im gonna see is taken 2 loved the first one.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:51 pm

I saw Hope Springs today -- a film about how an older couple, played by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, confront theirs marriage issues. Streep is no stranger to finding good roles at this stage of her career, and gives a gentle, endearing performance here. Jones matches her with a difficult character; one whose nature and habits are entirely contradictory to Steep's.

Steve Carell plays the marriage counsellor whom Streep and Jones' characters visit as Streep tries to save their marriage. He's splendid here -- no gags or clowning, just a sincere performance. Good, also, is David Frankel's direction, who does nothing showy, framing his actors well and allowing dialogue and their performances room to breathe. There are occasional missteps, especially the music, some of the songs feeling shoehorned in for effect. Whilst a few scenes stretch credibility, or seem misplaced, given what we learn of the characters. It's not a film for all tastes, especially those seeking a fully-fledged romantic comedy or something more quirky. I liked it very much.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:46 am

I took a rare trip to the cinema tonight to see Sinister, from the makers of Insidious - which I really thought should be retitled "Insipid". Thankfully, Sinister is considerably better than that film, and is aided and abetted by a fine performance from a rather grizzled-looking Ethan Hawke (man, has he aged badly!). Hawke plays a writer of true-crime books, investigating the disappearance of a little girl. In his family's new house (where the lost girl lived), he finds a box of home movies up in the loft and, after he watches them, strange things start to happen. There are moments within he film where credibility is stretched - considering how much Hawke bangs and clatters his way around the house in the middle of the night as he searches for the reason for strange noises etc, one must wonder if all of his family are deaf or sleep with ear-plugs in. However, the film is genuinely creepy, and manages to be so without resorting to the blood and gore that is common in so many horror films these days. There are some fun "shock" moments, which resulted in a scream or two in the cinema. But, most importantly, it provides a reasonably good final quarter of an hour without resorting to the weird "whoa, this is getting silly now" of Insidious. There are still loose ends and plot-holes, but it doesn't really matter. It's a fine film and a horror film that basically does what it says on the tin.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby rocknroller » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:58 pm

poormadpeter wrote:I took a rare trip to the cinema tonight to see Sinister, from the makers of Insidious - which I really thought should be retitled "Insipid". Thankfully, Sinister is considerably better than that film, and is aided and abetted by a fine performance from a rather grizzled-looking Ethan Hawke (man, has he aged badly!). Hawke plays a writer of true-crime books, investigating the disappearance of a little girl. In his family's new house (where the lost girl lived), he finds a box of home movies up in the loft and, after he watches them, strange things start to happen. There are moments within he film where credibility is stretched - considering how much Hawke bangs and clatters his way around the house in the middle of the night as he searches for the reason for strange noises etc, one must wonder if all of his family are deaf or sleep with ear-plugs in. However, the film is genuinely creepy, and manages to be so without resorting to the blood and gore that is common in so many horror films these days. There are some fun "shock" moments, which resulted in a scream or two in the cinema. But, most importantly, it provides a reasonably good final quarter of an hour without resorting to the weird "whoa, this is getting silly now" of Insidious. There are still loose ends and plot-holes, but it doesn't really matter. It's a fine film and a horror film that basically does what it says on the tin.


Cheers for the review ! not seen the movie yet,my daughter went to see it last night and said it was very good so hopefully i will get to see it in the coming week.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:30 am

I was caught off-guard tonight by the remarkably charming and entertaining Neverland, a two-part prequel to Peter Pan that is showing on Sky Movies. I recorded it after catching a couple of minutes a few days ago when channel hopping, and sat down tonight to watch the first episode, but landed up watching both. The story stars in London in 1905 with Peter Pan and the future lost boys characterised as something akin to Oliver Twist's crown, with the character of Jimmy acting as their Fagin. The following three hours tell the story of how they landed up in neverland, how captain hook came to be etc. It's all extremely well done (save for some dodgy blue-screen and CGI moments - but you expect that on made-for-TV budgets) and there is careful attention paid to tie into the original Peter Pan text as well.

Young Charlie Rowe makes for probably the best Peter Pan on film, and he is aided and abetted by an all-star cast including Anna Friel, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Keira Knightley and Bob Hoskins reprising his Smee from Spielberg's Hook. Great fun (although probably a few too many dark moments for the real little ones in the family) and nicely made.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby rocknroller » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:57 pm

jak wrote:Watched the blu ray of The Bride of Frankenstein last night.I cant recommend the Universal Monster set enough to eveyone.The set is fantastic.Dracula is on tap for tonight.Between this box and the Bond set it's hard to figure out what to watch.Promethius arrived yestererday also.



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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:45 pm

jak wrote:Watched the blu ray of The Bride of Frankenstein last night.I cant recommend the Universal Monster set enough to eveyone.The set is fantastic.Dracula is on tap for tonight.Between this box and the Bond set it's hard to figure out what to watch.Promethius arrived yestererday also.


The problem with the Blu-Ray set, and what will put a lot of people off it, is that it has less films than the Legacy Collection outings on DVD. We all know that once we buy the set, there will be another one come out with all the Universal Dracula films, all the Frankenstein films etc!
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:21 pm

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jak wrote:Watched the blu ray of The Bride of Frankenstein last night.I cant recommend the Universal Monster set enough to eveyone.The set is fantastic.Dracula is on tap for tonight.Between this box and the Bond set it's hard to figure out what to watch.Promethius arrived yestererday also.


The problem with the Blu-Ray set, and what will put a lot of people off it, is that it has less films than the Legacy Collection outings on DVD. We all know that once we buy the set, there will be another one come out with all the Universal Dracula films, all the Frankenstein films etc!


I doupled dipped on the blu rays.I already had the Legacy editions.These transfers just look so good though.The restoration is just terriffic.I wouldnt hold back buying if youre a big fan of these films.I even bought the UK coffin set just to have the packaging.


I am a fan of them, a huge fan. But, this happened when they appeared on DVD as well. What i have seen of the restorations looks gorgeous, but I refuse to be made to buy things twice anymore. I'll wait!
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby rocknroller » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:25 pm

poormadpeter wrote:
jak wrote:
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jak wrote:Watched the blu ray of The Bride of Frankenstein last night.I cant recommend the Universal Monster set enough to eveyone.The set is fantastic.Dracula is on tap for tonight.Between this box and the Bond set it's hard to figure out what to watch.Promethius arrived yestererday also.


The problem with the Blu-Ray set, and what will put a lot of people off it, is that it has less films than the Legacy Collection outings on DVD. We all know that once we buy the set, there will be another one come out with all the Universal Dracula films, all the Frankenstein films etc!


I doupled dipped on the blu rays.I already had the Legacy editions.These transfers just look so good though.The restoration is just terriffic.I wouldnt hold back buying if youre a big fan of these films.I even bought the UK coffin set just to have the packaging.


I am a fan of them, a huge fan. But, this happened when they appeared on DVD as well. What i have seen of the restorations looks gorgeous, but I refuse to be made to buy things twice anymore. I'll wait!



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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:29 pm

I couldn't agree more about how tremendous the new Universal Monsters Blu-ray collection is -- I also bought the limited edition coffin, which is quite novel. The picture quality of every film is truly exceptional. Universal have done a magnificent job. The accompanying booklet is also lovely -- a real treat, in fact. Although, I would have preferred this to be in hardback form. The art cards are also nice.

I very much hope that other films in Universal's monster rally come to Blu-ray -- Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein has been released on the format, and is splendid in its own right. But this new collection is one of the best box-sets of 2012 thus far, even if new bonus features are scant.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby Tang Lungs side kick » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:18 pm

The Avengers 5/6 , tbh I didn't follow the plot that well , something about a doomsday device......just out of this world sfx :D 8)

Dark Shadows 4.5/6 , Depp plays a vampire visiting a family in '72......Chris Lee also has a cameo (remember Dracula AD '72 :lol:

Narnia 4.5/6 , dunno which one but the cranky kid turns into a dragon , anyway it's pretty good.

Little Fockers 4/6 , passable.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:57 am

I don't fall in love with films very often these days, but caught The Art of Getting By (2011) tonight and thought it was a wonderful film. Freddie Highmore plays an awkward, vulnerable teenager who is intelligent and talented but his mind is everywhere but on his work who falls silently in love with a girl who befriends him. It's a simple film, but brilliantly written and with wonderful performances from the mostly young cast, and manages to be a teen film that manages to painfully depict teen life for many - awkward and difficult - while being remarkable rewarding for adult audiences as well. Nice to see a teenager played by a teenager instead of a 30 year old as well! It's such a shame that year after year the best films seem to be the ones that completely slip under the radar.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:06 pm

I saw Hysteria and Beasts of the Southern Wild at the cinema today -- the former, a Victorian-era comedy about the invention of the vibrator; and the latter, a parable surrounding a young girl's feral existence in a Louisiana bayou that's ravaged by a storm.

Hysteria could have gone in any number of directions, but stays witty, if broad, as opposed to offering a Carry On-type romp or something blatantly sexual. Based on true events, this well-cast film comes to the screen via some less than prolific people with regards to the writing, producing of the film and direction. It's accomplished, however, albeit thin in places, with a dual narrative that occasionally falls flat. Here, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce are doctors who specialise in relieving women of hysteria via masturbation, but this becomes problematic when Dancy's wrist can't take the workload. Enter Rupert Everett, on zany form, as he invents the vibrator on the incentive of Dancy. The other part of the story concerns Maggie Gyllenhaal's proto-suffragette, who doesn't buy into the notion of hysteria, despite playing the daughter of its leading proponent. Her concern is equality, education and better living-standards for women and children. At times, she's quite full-on in her role, but well-cast, all the same. As are Pryce, Dancy and Everett, who is a gem here. At times, the lean towards feminist mores comes with a heavy hand, but there's plenty of laughs, despite the fluttering narrative and a joke that's a bit overstretched.

Beasts of the Southern Wild was written and directed by newcomer Benh Zeitlin, who has only two or three credits to his name in either capacity. But he's a veteran next to the two leading actors, young Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry, who make their acting debuts here. And it's a startlingly good film, masterfully created, with an astonishing performance by Wallis, who is my first Oscar pick of the year thus far. Henry should find similar plaudits as Wallis' father, who, on the surface, seems to be little more than a bad tempered drunk of a man. The world around them is seen through Wallis' eyes, her imagination often tapped into, but here, in a world of poverty, squalor and no aspirations, its a sense of community met with survival that's imparted on this determined young girl. This is challenging, original and daring cinema that plays against expectations and the kind of world view that would play entirely different from an alternate perspective. One of 2012's best films.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:56 am

I'm slowly wading through Sky Movies repertoire at the moment, and have made some nice finds that have made subscribing worthwhile.

Last night's viewing was a delightful little film about depression and mental illness called "It's Kind of A Funny Story". And it is really quite amusing, and certainly not as maudlin as it could be. As someone with depression, to see antake an honest take on it in a film without all the cliches is really a sign that we are moving forward with regards to breaking down the prejudices. That the teenaged protagonist, brilliantly played by Keir Gilchrist, is depressed but seems to be unable to realise why or how he feels that way is, again, a big step forward. The fact that the easy route of "I'm depressed because of X" was avoided gives the film somewhat more depth and, ultimately, more realism. Really quite funny in parts, and even complete with a fantasy music video in the middle(!), this is really worth a watch and recommended.

Puncture, tonight's watch, is a somewhat more dour affair about a cocaine-addicted lawyer taking on the medical system in America. Based on a true story, this is really quite a dark movie which has none of the light and shade of "It's Kind of A Funny Story". Chris Evans is the somewhat unlikely actor in the lead role, and while he is normally perfectly amiable, here he seems out of his depth and, frankly, miscast - it's almost like watching Evans doing his best Ryan Gosling impression and it not being all that good. Much of the problem is the plot itself which seems just about to get going when the film ends - but I guess you can't change the ending of a true story very easily when making a film. It passes the time OK but really isn't going to blow anyone away, despite its obvious good intentions.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby rjm » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:28 am

"A Face In The Crowd." Again. On right now, on DVD. Watching with fountain pen and notepad in hand!

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Re: last movie you watched

Postby keninlincs » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:52 am

Cockneys vs Zombies,a silly brit horror flick with Honor Blackman ,Richard Briers ,Tony Selby and Michelle Ryan
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:04 pm

I saw Skyfall this morning -- and it's really first-rate. One of the best Bond pictures to date, with a fine story, marvellous performances and great action. It's wholly involving, from a stellar pre-credits sequence, an excellent credits sequence and, from there, a globe-trotting adventure that brings all of Bond's best qualities to the screen. Sam Mendes' direction is splendid, as is Roger Deakins' cinematography -- especially scenes which take place in Shanghai and Macau. Whilst, Thomas Newman's score brings new flavours with enough tastes of the familiar.

On-screen, Bond finds capable support from Naomi Harris' co-agent, whilst Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw make fine additions to the cast. Judy Dench has a more active part this time round -- perhaps more so than any Bond outing since The World is Not Enough. Javier Bardem, however, brings one of the more engrossing villains yet to the franchise, matching Craig's tough, but very layered performance in every scene they co-inhabit. Bardem has long been a favourite of mine -- he's given some of the finest acting performances of the past 15 years, or more, and it's great to see him in a film of this stature. It's bound to be a sensation at the box office, and deserves to be.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby Delboy » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:58 pm

Have to agree greystoke. I've just seen it at an IMAX cinema and have to agree it is a superb movie and the IMAX experience only enhances it. Craig is superb as are the rest of the cast. Nice cameo from Albert Finney. Craig has definitely breathed new life into the franchise and I for one am delighted he's signed up for two more. On this evidence they will be worth the wait. Quick tip if you haven't seen the movie but are planning to; avoid some of the reviews online as some of them give the entire plot away. Also try and catch it at an IMAX cinema if you can. You won't be disappointed.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby Delboy » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:59 pm

Also, have to add, a great Bond theme from Adele. 8)
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:16 pm

I didn't manage to see Skyfall on IMAX, Delboy, but do plan to see it again. Hopefully, my nearest IMAX will screen it. Great performance by Albert Finney, as you've mentioned -- he's still a fine actor, and is wonderful here. I'm not crazy about Adele's theme, however. The song is good, but I just can't warm to her as a singer. I don't dislike it. I just don't love it. But the title sequence is terrific.

I saw Vertigo and Room 237 at the cinema today. Vertigo, I've always loved -- a long-time favourite of mine, and a treat to see in the cinema. Room 237 is Rodney Ascher's nine-part documentary about the making of The Shining. Movie fans, especially fans of The Shining, will lap this up, I'm sure -- it's clever, part satirical, and occasionally daft, but well-conceived and wholly involving. Especially as a companion-piece to the film, itself. It's one of the best documentaries about movie-making since The Kid Stays in the Picture, and should be an Oscar contender.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby poormadpeter » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:22 am

After quite a while of hunting, I finally managed to track down the DVD of a film made a couple of years ago called Hungry Hills. The film is an intelligent and unrelentlessly grim independent western set in the 1950s and starring Keir Gilchrist as a young man who returns home after a spell in a reformatory but gets involved with a strange lad in town and his bootlegging racket. The film is beautifully filmed (apart from the appalling CGI snow!) and the location shooting is stunning.

This is the 2nd film in as many weeks that I have seen which stars young Keir Gilchrist who is apparantly best known for his role in the TV series The United States of Tara (which I haven't seen). Going by Hungry Hills and It's Kind of A Funny Story, Gilchrist is fast becoming one of the most compelling actors of his generation (he is now 20). He is an intelligent and likeable actor whose performances often have something of a dark character bubbling underneath the surface. He says in an interview that the actor he most admires is Johnny Depp, but he reminds me more of Ryan Gosling a decade or so ago when he was making independent films such as The Slaughter Rule. Gilchrist is stunning and moving in Hungry Hills, and he is certainly an actor to watch out for.

Hungry Hills was available for a short time on DVD in the USA but is now sadly out of print, and not easy to find. But for fans of intelligent independent films it is well worth hunting down.
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Re: last movie you watched

Postby greystoke » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:07 pm

I saw Rust and Bone at the cinema today; Jacques Audiard's drama about the relationship that develops between a physical, and an emotional cripple. Starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts as Stephanie and Alain, who meet by chance after a nightclub brawl and soon begin to depend on each other -- Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, and Alain, a single father who lives with his sister as aspirations of being a professional kickboxer are played out whilst he works as a security guard. Cotillard is quite brilliant here, excelling in a challenging role. An accident at work leaving her alone and longing, reaching out to Alain, of all people -- and if Cotillard's role challenges her as an actress, it's Schoenaerts' Alain who challenges audience expectations. He's volatile, careless, pays little heed to his son, yet treats Stephanie with understanding, affection and a lack of condescension in spite of obvious difficulties that could arise. Together, they're much more than who they are apart, finding ways to connect emotionally and physically, surviving through an existence that would be far more dismal alone, or with anyone else. Compelling stuff. Both in the story and the execution, but also from two marvellous performances that deserve the highest of praise. Expect Oscar nods here.
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