Three Identical Strangers

The thing I often struggle with in watching documentaries, no matter how good they are, is that they are by nature subjective. With carefully timed revelations controlled by the director, I frequently feel manipulated by the end, which hugely reduces my enjoyment of the film as a whole. With Three Identical Strangers though, director Tim … Continue reading Three Identical Strangers

Finding Your Feet

A sharp script balances the realities of ageing with enough comic moments to raise the spirits just at the right moment. Humour is the way that many choose to deal with life’s curve-balls, and the writers have captured this accurately. While the plot may be predictable and at moments even cheesy, it’s rescued by the … Continue reading Finding Your Feet

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

So I'm wondering how can a film with such an array of great performances actually end up not quite working. And I guess it has to be in the writing? I really enjoyed Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Hedges. I think Peter Dinklage is an extremely talented actor who should be given more … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Kind of a biopic, but because Gloria Grahame didn't have a huge screen presence in her later years, Annette Bening doesn't have to worry about an accurate impersonation of the actress, but can instead work on capturing the essence of an ageing star whose success has waned and who is frightened of growing old. Based on … Continue reading Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)