Mindhorn

Running time: 89 mins
Release Date: 5th May 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: Sean Foley
Cast: Julian Barratt, Russell Tovey, Andrea Riseborough, Essie Davis, Harriet Walter


Synopsis:
Washed-up Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) peaked with hit 1980s detective show Mindhorn, playing the titular Isle of Man sleuth with a robotic eye that allowed him to literally “see the truth”. Decades later, when a deranged Manx criminal demands Mindhorn as his nemesis, Thorncroft returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs for one last chance to reignite his glory days, professional credibility and even romance with former co-star/paramour Patricia Deville (Essie Davis).


What the hell? That was my first thought! But this crime-comedy-whodunit grew and grew on me! Deffo go and see this one, it is so bad, it’s good. Cheese upon cheese, with great performances from all, all set on the Isle of Man.

Sense of an Ending

Running time: 108 mins
Release Date: 14th April 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer


Synopsis:
Based on the Man Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.


I haven’t read the book, but the trailer looked fascinating. Great performances from the cast, but the film was lacking a certain ‘umpf’ – not enough suspense and tension, and the conclusion of the story didn’t feel like the big reveal that the film had tried to build up to. It’s okay, not enough excitement for me.

The Lost City Of Z

Running time: 140 mins
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: James Gray
Cast: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson


Synopsis:
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, THE LOST CITY OF Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.


I shall display my ignorance and say that I had never heard of Percy Fawcett, or his expeditions, so it was interesting to learn about these. I really enjoyed the opening of the film, getting his background, and things that led to the first expedition, but once the expeditions started, the film seemed to slow down. I suppose I would have liked more excitement, but the story is based on truth, so if this is an area of interest to you, you may well find it fascinating. It does leave you with a wonder at the fate of Fawcett, and has a lovely and whimsical Magical Realism ending.

Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam)

Another Mother’s Son

Running time: 98 mins
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Certificate: 12A
Director: Christopher Menaul
Cast: Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Julian Kostov, Ronan Keating


Synopsis:
Set during World War II, when the island of Jersey was occupied by the Nazis, and based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the course of the war. Amid growing tension it became clear that British wartime leader Winston Churchill would not risk an assault to re-capture the occupied island, the community began to fray under the pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Against this backdrop, Lou fights to preserve her family’s sense of humanity and to protect
the Russian boy as if he were her own.


A truly interesting WWII story about everyday people putting their life in danger to save a person, ‘Another Mother’s Son’. Jenny Seagrove plays a headstrong and heart happy Gould, who went about it with a breath-taking boldness that defies belief. Seagrove’s accent distracted me on occasion – I don’t know the Jersey accent, so it may be more that it didn’t seem right coming from her? I’m not sure. It was a pleasant surprise seeing Ronan Keating acting, and of course he gets a bot of singing in! John Hannah, in the role of is also excellent. It’s a story of courage, blind trust and touch of naivety with unexpected tragedy.

“Return to D’Ennery; Rain” by Derek Walcott

Last Year's Almanac

Imprisoned in these wires of rain, I watch
This village stricken with a single street,
Each weathered shack leans on a wooden crutch,
Contented as a cripple with defeat.
Five years ago even poverty seemed sweet,
So azure and indifferent was this air,
So murmurous of oblivion the sea,
That any human action seemed a waste,
The place seemed born for being buried there.

The surf explodes

In scissor-birds hunting the usual fish,
The rain is muddying unpaved inland roads,
So personal grief melts the general wish.

The hospital is quiet in the rain.
A naked boy drives pigs into the bush.
The coast shudders with every surge. The beach
Admits a beaten heron. Filth and foam.
There in a belt of emerald light, a sail
Plunges and lifts between the crests of reef,
The hills are smoking in the vaporous light,
The rain seeps slowly to the core of…

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Film: Fashion Film Festival – Black Girl, 14 Mar 2017

Film: Ousmane Sembène’s, #Black Girl + As Dreams are Made of… (Dir. Peter Colbourne) – Tues 14 March
18:30pm – The Hoxton, Holborn.

Black Girl

Book Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-in-film-festival-the-black-girl-tickets-32229643732

Racism, colonial oppression and injustice were recurring themes for Senegalese author Ousmane Sembène, who in the 1960s turned from literature to the cinema in order for his social message to reach a broader audience. Mbissine Thérèse Diop plays Diouna, a black nanny to a French family.

The Hoxton, Holborn
199 – 206 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BD

Film: I Am Not Your Negro + Q&A

Film: TNBFC London – I Am Not Your Negro + Q&A with award-winning filmmaker, Raoul Peck. Stratford Picturehouse – Mon 13 March.
 
 
With unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, Raoul Peck has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

 

Viceroy’s House

“Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten (played by Hugh Bonneville), assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.

The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.”


In Cinemas from the 3rd March 2017 – The poster gives nothing away in terms of the emotional impact this film has on the viewer as they watch society torn apart in this film.  The trauma is brilliantly portrayed, and forces the viewer to look beyond the bare facts of partician and straight to the heart of the people who suffered because of it. I ended up sobbing.

Spoiler Alert: With this type of docudrama, I like to scout around (briefly) online to see if I can find the truth – I couldn’t find any references to Churchill’s part in the patrician as described in the film. I did find information which explained some of the looks that Lady Mountbatten gave to Nehru. As always…  “Pinch of Salt” – but neither of these points take away from the effective portrayal of the horrendous devastation to the people.

The Oggscars 2017

The Oggscars 2017

Richard aKa Toby Kell-Ogg, Emerson Forde and Simone aka Jammie take a look at the 89th Academy Awards – The Oscars 2017.

Talking about the 2017 Oscars with Emerson Forde, Simone aka Jammie, and Richard Phillips aka Toby Kell-Ogg – Recorded: Friday 24th February 2017

See all of the Award Winners on the Academy website.

Discussing nominations in two parts:


Part 1: Leading and Supporting Actors and Actresses, and Director Awards – Actor in a leading role; Actress in a leading role; Actor in a supporting role; Actress in a supporting role; Director.

Running Order:
00:00   Intro to the Oggscars with: Richard aKa Toby Kell-Ogg, Emerson C Forde, Simone aKa ‘Jammie’. and to the 89th Academy Awards – The Oscars

02:00   ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • WINNER Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

14:59   ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • WINNER Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

30:21   ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • WINNER Mahershala Ali, Moonlight [Ed: pronounced mah-HER-shah-lah]
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

42:12   ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • WINNER Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures [Ed: called ‘Computers’ in the film]
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

49:15   DIRECTING

  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
  • WINNER La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

 


Part 2: Best Picture Award, and our scoring and selection of top film – Best picture, and our scores for the films. The film with the lowest score is who we think should get the best picture award.

Running Order:
00:00   BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • WINNER Moonlight

00:24   #OscarsSoWhite – are some of these films in the list as a result of #OscarsSoWhite

07:49   Arrival

09:42   Fences

12:13   Hacksaw Ridge

12:50   Hell of High Water

15:11   La La Land

16:20   Hidden Figures

20:35   Lion

24:05   Film Hype: influencing the viewer – Manchester By The Sea/Moonlight

25:15   Moonlight

34:25   Xavier Dolan / Krishna

36:57   Best Film List selection – how can you compare

38:39   Our scores – The higher weight, the lower down the list

39:30   Manchester By The Sea comes out on top for the OGGSCARS

40:00   Watching the Oscars in the UK

 


The discussion includes the following films shown at #LFF #BFI London Film Festivals:

  • A Monster Calls
  • Arrival
  • Elle
  • Innocents, The
  • It’s Only The End of the World
  • Kiss Me Kate
  • Krishna
  • La La Land
  • Laurence Anyways
  • Lion
  • Manchester By The Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Toni Erdman