Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

The Fallen Series***

Lockdown has presented a problem. Whilst challenging films can work a treat in a cinema, at home you are faced with access to mobiles, drink and nibbles, an undercurrent of unease and a desire to escape. Enter the Fallen series. Normally I’d give Gerard Butler a wide berth after 300 – I’ll admit to preferring…

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The Invisible Man****

Directed by Leigh Whannell Universal swerved a bullet when the original plan for a CGI tentpole Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, went west after the failure of Tom Cruises’ The Mummy. Instead, we have a film smaller in budget and scope but far larger in the imagination. In many way’s it is closer in spirit…

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Aeronauts***

Directed by Tom Harper This lightweight adventure movie has unsurprisingly become the most successful Amazon film to date as its the perfect escape from the worries of the world around us. Based on a true balloon flight undertaken by James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), it gives him a composite female companion (Felicity Jones) who has suffered…

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Porco Rosso****

Director Hayao Miyazaki Porco Rosso has turned up on Netflix as part of the Studio Ghibli series. The Guardian managed to rank Porco Rosso as the worst film, although the reviewer had clearly not seen it, thinking it was about an RAF pilot. Uniquely for Ghibli, its set in a real time and place the…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire*****

Directed by You’ll hear people say that it must be easy to write a Mills and Boon romantic tale. They try and fail. For a romantic tale to work it needs its lovers, an obstacle and that’s it. No sub plots, zany friends or contrived situations. Two people. It says a lot for POALF that…

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Ad Astra ***

Directed by James Gray Brad Pitt probably deserved his Oscar more for Ad Astra than Once Upon A Time In America as the entire film is focused on his attempts to find his father (a very underused Tommy Lee Jones) lost around Neptune. Gray has had made no secret of the film using the structure…

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Dolittle*

Directed by Stephan Gaghan Everything that can go wrong with Hollywood is amplified in the disastrous Dolittle. It’s a $175m vanity project built around Robert Downey, a personable actor who had a few lucky breaks, but is not the draw he thinks he is. It really is all about Robert and was even reshot to…

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Emma.***

Directed by Autumn de Wilde Do we need another Jane Austen Emma? Probably not, but Emma. (note the full stop) is a frothy confection with a winning cast which runs through the plot with ease. The costumes and designs win out over a script that struggles initially to establish the plot and characters. However, from…

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