Caught up on some serious film watching business over the weekend. Apart from Charles Bronsan in ‘Assassination’ which could only be watched with friends and beers. It’s a Canon film so what do you expect? Yes it’s dreadful Charles “oh these old bones” Bronsan being himself whilst his real life wife Jill Ireland gets to be hugely grating as the US First Lady. There is a plot but who could care. There is action but no one seemed to care while making it. Cheap and boring.
On the other end of cheapness is the wildly expensive ‘Warcraft’. Got zero knowledge of the game, only reason I watched was because it’s a Duncan Jones joint and ‘Moon’ remains a great film (Source Code and Mute not so much). There’s are strong visuals towards the beginning, by the end the effects appear rushed. The story edges so closely to something I could care about but ultimately there’s too many orcs and bearded men to care about. It feels more Eregon than Lord of the Rings.
‘Detroit’ is a strange beast. Overall it’s an aggressive drama with sequences that will haunt but Kathryn Bigelow’s approach to throw autobiographical, reportage, court room, Home invasion horror with multiple characters feels too sporadic to really lay down anything truly great. -
Only a few hours since watching ‘Loveless’ is growing on me. A coldly paced film about outwardly cold people wracked with inner turmoil. Anger seeps out of the film. There’s never a moment when at least one character is verbalising or showing disgust for another character. Doesn’t make for fun viewing but lingers in the mind. Plus it includes one of the most simple and disturbing shots outside of horror (Mark Kermode was right about that)