So it was one of those Saturday nights when I had nowhere to go and decided I’d watch “Black Swan”. There was me, Irish housemate, single English housemate with ballet/dancing background dying to watch “Black Swan”, English couple, one half of which is the woman with the PhD and is published, the other half of which […]Read More Black Swan review : so what was the hype all about again?
So, a former housemate of mine introduced me to “127 Hours” with the idea that it is about a guy who cuts off his arm when he is trapped in a boulder in a canyon for five days. I didn’t think much of it, but I did copy his copy of it. I had heard […]Read More 127 Hours – a study in existential transformation in the most unlikely of places
Back from a long absence! So I’ve been just reading (speculative fiction anthology edited by Ursula K. Le Guin, book by Terry Pratchett), or hunting for books to read (Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – which was already sold at the bookshop where I normally go to for good bargains. I have […]Read More Retro-review: All Over Me
This is escapism I know, but one needs something to cope with all the madness and chaos that is the Philippines. So here are the movies I’ve watched in three lines or less: 1. 17 AGAIN: Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) – or as we like to call him, Chandler: I want to be 17 again. […]Read More Movies! in 3 lines or less!
I have a confession to make: I watched this film only because it had Sheetal Sheth in it. And the reason I watched it was because I was wilfing on the ‘net and I saw her interviews and I was struck with how articulate and passionate she was about things (which was in contrast to […]Read More Retro-mad film review: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (US, 2006)
Directed by Christine Jeffs, written by Megan Holley The story: The Lorkowski family is falling apart. Father Joe Lorkowski (Alan Arkin) is a fly-by-night businessman who sells things from shrimp to dodgy kids’ goodies. Daughter Norah (Emily Blunt) is living with him and has just gotten fired from her job. At the center of it […]Read More Indie film retro-review: Sunshine Cleaning (US, 2008)
The story: The Allens is a family of hairdressers in a small Yorkshire town that have not spoken to each other in 10 years, since Shelley Allen (the late Natasha Richardson) ran off with hair model Sandra (Rachel Griffiths), leaving husband Phil Allen (Alan Rickman) alone to carry on with the hair salon they have […]Read More Indie film retro-review: Blow Dry (UK, 2001)
There is a line from Rupert Evans’ villainous character, Mr. Rivers, that sums up my whole experience of this BBC movie: “I cannot find the words”. I know that’s being melodramatic, but it is true. I watched this yesterday, after months of ignoring it because I’d heard it was a) a Victorian drama with b) […]Read More Retro-mad film review: Fingersmith (UK, BBC, 2005)
The story: Cosmopolitan New Yorker (isn’t that an oxymoron?) Alex (Andrea Marcellus) is engaged to Dana (Mystro Clark), an Jewish African-American pilot. She has deceived Dana into believing that her whole family is dead, as the family is a typical wealthy small town family from the South whom she thinks are conservative and too embarrassing […]Read More Retro-mad movie marathon review: Out at the Wedding (US, 2007)
Watched three lesbian movies today. Without further ado, let’s go to the first one. In the Water – The story: Pretty Alexandra is the only child of wealthy parents in a small southern town. Like a proper southern wife pre-recession times, she fills her time with meetings with the other housewife socialites, volunteers at the […]Read More Indie film retro-review marathon: It’s in the Water, Out at the Wedding (US)