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The Big Screen 2018

We (re-)subscribed to a cinema pass last summer, thus once again became regulars of the cineplex near us. However, in between diving-related activities, we haven’t quite found quite as much free time to go as we’d like.

01 | Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) – we were late to the party but glad to catch up on this fantasy, parallel-universe, body-swapping anime that is funny, poignant, engaging and wistful, although to a predictable ending. [7/10]

02 | Darkest Hour – I do not know much of Churchill so to get a glimpse of the man and the magic of Gary Oldman in portraying him at the start of his tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom made this an interesting history lesson. [8/10]

03 | Vers la lumière (Radiance) – essentially a story on the romance between a photographer (who is going blind) and a script writer (to describe movies to the blind), it felt slow and perhaps too intellectual for the chemistry to be truly believable. [4/10]

04 | In the Fade – what an intense movie, of deep love, of profound hate, of society and race in conflict; Kruger played the remarkable protagonist who had to face the lost of her family, bias and injustice, and find a resolution in her own way. [8/10]

05 | The Greatest Showman – in need of a light-hearted weekend movie, I thoroughly enjoyed the musical feast by Jackman and co., peppered with a good dose of fuzzy, feel-good and happy-end sparkles. [8/10]

06 | The Post – how timely because this feels like a reminder to modern press to fight against accusations of “fake news” and the importance of free press as check and balance in face of power held by the electeds. [7/10]

07 | Table 19 – a decent rom-com for light in-flight entertainment but won’t be one I’d pay to watch at the cinema. [4/10]

08 | Testament of Youth – adaptation of the autobiography of Vera Brittain, it is harrowing to see how she lost her brother, her fiancé, and her friends within a short few years during the WW1. [7/10]

09 | The Shape of Water – beautifully filmed fantasy with a sassy lead, although I find it hard to emotionally connect to the storyline. And people has got to stop referring this as the movie of sex with a fish-monster. [6/10]

10 | Phantom Thread – precise, academically executed, it is disconcerting how the lead couple found themselves only capable of love through dysfunctional need to be dependent on one another. [7/10]

11 | Call Me By Your Name – the tug within Elio does not always translate in the movie, which tries to fit too many isolated scenes to make the story flow; it was saved by the strong closing scenes. [6/10]

12 | Wajib – The bond that ties a father and a son, the former still living in Nazareth while the latter abroad, was tested as they butt heads over ideas and ideologies amid wedding preparations of a daughter/sister. [9/10]

13 | L’Insulte – It stems from an insult grew from deep-seated psychological disturbance and became a national conflict between races and religions, when those involved were both good men in their way own; life is never quite that black and white. [8/10]

14 | Razzia – The themes of injustice and oppression run across several intersecting lives, while these characters themselves try to reconcile the traditional and the modern, conflicting cultures and believes. [6/10]

15 | Dolphins – A Disneynature documentary, some beautiful visuals but the slow narrative and some incoherent story-telling made this relatively dull in comparison to BBC’s Blue Planet. [4/10]

16 | Red Sparrow – Not particularly a fan of the gruesome scenes where women were subject to acts that shall not be described here, it was nevertheless a decent thriller with its multiple twists to keep track on. [5/10]

17 | Ocean’s 8 – It won’t win the Oscar but it is by far the most fun movie I’ve seen in a while, with a strong cast and a good twist to end the heist. One small complaint: the make up is just too much, thick like a pad, which flatters no one – tone.it.down! [8/10]

18 | Shelter (Le Dossier Mona Lina) – An interesting psychological thriller which explores the relationship between two women – a former intelligence agent and a former informant – thus exploring their common and conflicting points. [7/10]

19 | The Charmer – It’s not easy for an immigrant to make a new, stable life through series of deception and lies without being ensnared in it himself, charming as he may be in appearance. [7.5/10]

20 | The Children Act (My Lady) – Adapted based on a novel of the same name by Ian McEwan, Emma Thompson is exquisite as Judge Fiona Maye, navigating a legal area of heightened sensitivity with such sensibility. [9/10]

21 | On Chesil Beach – Yet another adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, this is an exercise of contrast: different upbringing and class, rash behaviour vs strict social code, and alas obstinance that brought more pain than it should. [7/10]


On the wish list:
– Une valse dans les allées
– Silent voice
– Ma fille
– A Simple Favor
– The Little Stranger

Urgh I missed there so to catch up at some point?
– Everybody Knows
– A Quiet Place
– Disobedience
– The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
– The Incredibles 2


Last updated: 21 August 2018

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