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Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth (2017)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A fascinating film... not without flaws, but dariing for its amalgamatin of past masterpieces. Remains true to the russian novel rathe than the equally flawed and over-worked shakespearean 'scottish play'. A racial (racist?) twist is added, peeumably to make it 'topical' and qualify for politically charged funding decisions in right-wing UK. Starts weakly, with much 'trooble-at-mill' northern sterotyping, and blatant DH Lawrence borrowing. Introduction of strong black castings and a cute half-blood child all help the plot along to its gory grimly LadyMacbeth climax and a suitable, slightly russian ending. More Onegin than Tarkovsky, and a sad Tatiana Macbeth at the end contemplates a future with her conscience. Good stuff, nasterful but not a masterpiece.

Georgia O'Keeffe
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Beautifully photographed, each shot composed, juxtaposed and relevant. Not the deepest probing of the angst in the artist's soul, but an excellent record of the pain suffered when art and love will not coincide.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (2015)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Brilliance. Multiple levels of interest, gripping and thought-provoking. Camera, lighting, scripting and acting all excellent. Danny Boyle exceeds his already-excellent repertoire.
Some stuff had to be left out, of course... too many of the significant also-rans are alive and wealthy. So compromises are palpable. But that in itself is a significant achievement ,like getting shades of grey past a black&white censorial lens. Steve Jobs (the film) uses colour, and the lack of it, pace (fast, slow, timestop, flashback), sensitivity, anger, stupidity and brilliance. Imperfection in this movie just illustrates the flaws in its subject. And that is the point.... how to be brilliant, despite your flaws. Danny and Steve, both.

The Martian
The Martian (2015)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Best film I've 'first-time-seen' this century. Not perfect .... flawed by the vagaries and necessities of financing a Big Movie. But proof that a clever film is better than an expensive one. Positives .... amusing, intelligent, entertaining, educational, non-smoking. The most original use of a 'hollywood-standard' plot formula since StarWars. Negatives, all non-fatal ... Having faithfully homaged the 2001 spaceship models, the gift of music could have been extended. Loved the 'disco'-banter, loved the transition to old Bowiexlassic Starman.... but opportunities missed to match the pace and changing tension with appropriate music. 2001 is regarded as having only one 'scientific error' - Martian has many.... too many really, but who really cares?

The Guys
The Guys (2003)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Deeply moving, without pathos. A delicate subject nicely handled.