Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

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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Top Ten of the Century

After reading the Empire list of the best films of the Century, it seemed a good idea to put together my own list. The criteria is simple. These are all films I would happily watch again, and probably will in the coming year. 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Mulholland Drive 3 Inception 4…

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Parasite*****

Director Bong Joon-ho Picking up on themes from his Snowpiercer, Boon delivers a clever critique of the inequalities in society without resorting to the soapbox. There are echoes of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden’s Tale with its story of hustlers invading a rich man’s home, but the beautifully constructed script wrong-foots the audience throughout. A cast…

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Atlantics ****

Director Mati Diop  Set in Dakar, Senegal, Atlantics at first seems a story of unrequited love as young Ada prepares for a loveless arranged marriage whilst her true love Sulemaine, despairing of his prospects, joins the exodus of young men to Europe looking for work. As fears grow about the men’s fate, the film takes…

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