An unflinching look at the nomadic lifestyle of a retirement-age woman who makes ends meet by chasing seasonal work across America after being made "houseless" by the Great Recession. Given the subject matter I thought I might find Nomadland depressing, and it is sad at times, but far from hopeless. Frances McDormand gives a powerful performance, and I learned later that some of the supporting actors are real-life nomads playing themselves. Not the sort of film I am likely to rewatch, but I'm glad to have seen it the one time.
‘70s cop film starring Gene Hackman that won a swag of academy awards. The French Connection is basically one long foot, car and train chase – the camera is constantly moving. It's the next best thing to taking a walking tour of New York City circa 1971! Don Ellis' score ratchets up the tension.
I'm glad that my sister warned me that this particular Marvel film wasn't going to be appropriate for my 11 year old son. Hoo boy, she wasn't kidding. Deadpool is gleefully profane and ultra-violent, and definitely not family-friendly. When you strip away the R-rated veneer there is a fairly conventional superhero origin story at Deadpool's heart, but what it lacks in originality it makes up for in pure style. I thought the filmmakers tried a little too hard to shock the audience, though - everything is dialled up to eleven.
An impressive return to form after John Woo's disappointing Mission: Impossible sequel. M:I 3 doesn't suffer from the pacing and plotting issues of earlier M:I films, and strikes the right balance between its action and espionage elements - the action scenes are particularly impressive this time around. Ethan's relationship with fiancé Julia (played by Michelle Monoghan) is more authentic than his earlier romantic entanglements, and adds emotional urgency to the plot. The always brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the film's deadpan villain, and series regular Simon Pegg makes his first appearance, injecting some comic relief.
A passable action film, but a weak outing for the series. M:I 2 lacks the sophistication and spy craft that made the first instalment interesting, and compensates with gunfights, car chases and explosions. Poor pacing and a cringe inducing love story don't help matters, nor does the misogynistic streak that runs through the film. And the face-swap gimmick doesn't just stretch credulity this time around, it completely shatters it.