This week I watched the trailers with my mother. Listen to her.
“I wouldn’t know where to start with that one, my dear.”
Press kit: NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
So, lushy branched-out Lars von Trier sex film. Start at the beginning!
Big hit from David O. Russel. Based loosely on the FBI Abscam operation of the late seventies/early eighties. Starring Christian – mother says “I prefer him all skinny, didn’t you? Like in The Machinist” – Bale and Amy Adams as con artists forced by Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent to conduct an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians. Jeremy Renner plays the corrupt mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and Jennifer Lawrence Bale’s wife. I see satisfying shades of Scorsese, but also a bit of period pain (by which I mean a spotty kind of nervousness about unsuccessfully faking the late seventies).
ALL IS LOST:
Robert Redford, surviving. Spare me. This film has done very well and I’m sure many fine patrons of the shop will really enjoy it. But my Mum said “this doesn’t look that brilliant, does it?”, and she’s right.
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM:
Scott Foundas of Variety said Mandela “never opts for a light touch when a sledgehammer will do”, but praised Idris Elba for “a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages”. Dr Vincent Hiribarren, a lecturer in world history at King’s College London said the film presents “Mandela’s understanding of the apartheid years. Or, at least, what he wanted to let us know. As the film is not based on Mandela’s life but on Mandela’s own words, criticism levelled at Mandela’s autobiography can also be directed at the film.” My mother said, “you can’t fuck with Mandela.” Sledgehammer, ego, icon – I endorse Mandela.
CHILD OF GOD:
❤ Mummy: ” Well that was fun, apart from that one”. Like mother, like son (hate Franco).
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