Saturday, June 15, 2024

Out of Africa

Out of Africa (Netflix) is an award-winning 1985 epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, and starring Meryl Streep (as Karen) and Robert Redford. Also worth noting are Michael Kitchen and Michael Gough. The film is based loosely on the 1937 autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), with additional material from Dinesen's 1960 book Shadows on the Grass and other sources. If you haven't already seen this, you should remedy that situation immediately. Gorgeous, powerful, lyrical...

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Anaïs in Love

Anaïs in Love (Hulu) is a 2021 French comedy film about a woman in her mid-thirties living in Paris. She is ... "flighty" might be a good word. Unsure of herself in her relationships, avoiding her mother after her mother's cancer recurs, avoiding her thesis advisor, avoiding paying her rent, she seeks out and courts the wife of the man she had a casual affair with. The relationships are intriguing. Reviews are generaly positive.

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I'm offering this image from the trailer for Nicole's Friday Face Off:

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon (Amazon Prime) is a 2016 psychological horror film about a young aspiring model in Los Angeles whose beauty and youth generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry.

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It got mixed reviews with lovers and haters alike. Make up your own mind, that's my motto.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Amadeus

Amadeus (Netflix) is a 1984 award-winning period biographical drama film set in Vienna, Austria, during the latter half of the 18th century and is a fictionalized story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the time he left Salzburg. This is the second time for me to have seen this film. It's excellent but a bit over the top for me.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

All of Us Strangers

All of Us Strangers is 2023 British romantic fantasy film based on the 1987 novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada. it follows a lonely screenwriter who develops an intimate relationship with a neighbor while revisiting memories from the past. A touching film, it explores the man coming to terms with loss and grief. Andrew Scott stars. It gets almost universally positive reviews.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Kamikazi 1989

Kamikazi 1989 (Tubi) is a 1982 West German cyberpunk thriller film starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder as a detective investigating a string of bombings that lead to a corporate media conspiracy. The 31st floor! The soundtrack was composed by Edgar Froese, who founded Tangerine Dream. This is an odd flick. I kept getting distracted, then forgetting about it until the next time I opened Tubi. And then what's described in reviews as a "neon drenched dystopia" appears on the screen, and I'm right back into it with the leopard-print suit clad detective.

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Sunday, June 09, 2024

Baby Driver

Baby Driver (Netflix) is an award-winning 2017 action film starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver seeking freedom from a life of crime he ended up in accidentally. Lily James is his diner waitress girlfriend. Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, and Kevin Spacey appear in supporting roles. I had somehow never heard of this and came across it while scrolling through the movie selections. It's an interesting movie with quirky characters. This is one of the growing numbers of movies that I enjoyed and am glad I've seen but that I won't watch again.

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Saturday, June 08, 2024

Titane

Titane (Hulu) is a 2021 body horror psychological drama film about a woman who had had a titanium plate fitted in her head after being injured in a car crash as a child. Ducournau became the second female director to win the Palme d'Or, the Cannes film festival's top award, as well as the first female filmmaker to win solo. It received critical acclaim and was selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. Not really my thing, and in fact the sexual torture was so much not my thing I quit watching 20 minutes in. YMMV.

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Friday, June 07, 2024

The Swordsman (2020)

The Swordsman (Tubi, Freevee on Amazon Prime) is an award-winning 2020 South Korean period action film. I like this one with its balance of action and interpersonal relationships.

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I was struck by The Swordsman's face and thought I'd share it with the Friday Face Off bloggers.

image of the movie poster from Wikipedia

Thursday, June 06, 2024

The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys is a 1987 supernatural black comedy horror film about two teenage brothers who move with their divorced mother to the fictional town of Santa Carla, California, only to discover that the town is a haven for vampires. The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in J. M. Barrie's stories about Peter Pan, who, like vampires, never grew up. It's a very 80s movie. I watched this when it was on a streaming service we subscribe to, but I don't see it now.

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