Minari (2020)

Lee Isaac Chung directs Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri and Alan Kim in this drama where a Korean family settles in 1980s Arkansas and struggle to start a farm.

Sweet, well acted, manages to represent the differing perspectives of nearly all the family members. Not entirely sure what all the Oscar adulation was about but Minari is a neat enough one-watcher.

6

Perfect Double Bill: Field Of Dreams (1989)

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Summerland (2020)

Jessica Swale directs Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lucas Bond in this British wartime drama where a female writer, living a secluded life, finds herself looking after an evacuated boy.

Perfectly watchable. No great shakes in any technical category but a good showcase for Arterton. Some of the final act revelations are well handled.

6

Perfect Double Bill: Tell It To The Bees (2019)

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Movie of the Week: The Big Sleep (1946)

Howard Hawks directs Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Matha Vickers in this detective story based on Raymond Chandler’s labyrinthine novel.

The plot is a bramble bush, you could untangle it but where’s the fun in that? This is a delivery system for a series of scenes where Bogart negs, flirts and cracks wise with a series of beauties. Each more ravishing than the next. The wit of the dialogue, the heat of the chemistry, those gowns and short shorts. Who cares about a few little unsolved murders?

8

Perfect Double Bill: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Sam Raimi directs Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Wong in this sequel to a fair few Marvel properties.

More big budget telly… though interrupted with bursts of pure Raimi 5D mayhem. His signature stuff sticks out like sore thumbs on a giraffe but makes this somewhat enjoyable. Olsen is the MVP and is given a character arc worth her time. The trailer takes great pains from spoiling a first act revelation… yet also features big revealing shots of the finale… which is obtuse. The middle section drags, especially if you don’t really care about cameos from other franchises… past and future. You can’t help but have the nagging feeling that this is all middle section.

7

Perfect Double Bill: Doctor Strange (2016)

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Operation Mincemeat (2022)

John Madden directs Colin Firth, Kelly McDonanld and Matthew Macfadyen in this WWII espionage thriller where MI5 try to float misleading documents to the Nazis using the corpse of a homeless man.

A drab, unfocussed little movie. Muddles through a staid romantic triangle that goes nowhere when what you really want is more old school spy craft. An inherent problem in turning this cute little wartime footnote into a two hour narrative is once the body is in motion there’s absolutely nothing for the ensemble we’ve invested in to do but wait by the telegram machine. Snore.

3

Perfect Double Bill: Carve Her Name With Pride (1958)

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

Tom Gormican directs Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish in this meta-comedy where Nicolas Cage plays himself and gets involved in an action buddy movie scenario with him and his biggest fan.

In its strongest moments a very affectionate celebration of Cage. Interestingly, his two best pieces of acting (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation.) are seemingly off limits even though aspects of both fit the story aptly. They are a layer deep into the homage rather than explicitly referenced – one wonders whether Cage only agreed to the project if the performances he was proudest of were ringfenced away from the spoof stuff? Like The Lost City, the funniest jokes are in the first act / trailer… which is a shame. I sauntered into April looking forward to two starry comedy release and both run out of pep by the midway mark. Cage and Pascal have a nice energy together but there’s nothing here to command a repeat visit.

5

Perfect Double Bill: Being John Malkovich (1999)

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

Richard Linklater directs Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup and Emma Nelson in this comedy drama about rich people with rich people problems.

Starts out a bit like a female As Good As It Gets. Blanchett is crotchety in that way that is only adorable in movies. The wealth on show is a bit offensive, if this was made by anyone other than Linklater I’d assume it was propaganda. Takes some unpredictable turns in the second and third act… so as it delivered what I wasn’t expecting and opened up to being a more holistic exploration of self worth I’m going to allow it a pass. The cast is uniformly excellent, I smiled a few times, Bernadette’s backstory is compelling.

6

Perfect Double Bill: The Shipping News (2000)

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tick, tick…BOOM! (2021)

Lin-Manuel Miranda directs Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp and Robin de Jesus in this musical biography of the creator of the Broadway show Rent.

One middle class white man’s struggle to ask his parents to help with the bills while he follows his dream with tons of support. Yeah… I’m not getting why there’s a movie here but Andrew Garfield was fabulous as always and some of the bigger numbers are well produced.

“Yeah but he died!”

“We all die, sweetie.”

“Yeah but he was straight.”

“Sure he was, sweetie.”

6

Perfect Double Bill: All That Jazz (1979)

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No Sudden Move (2021)

Steven Soderbergh directs Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro and Brendan Fraser in this 1950s set neo-noir where a job goes wrong and two mismatched crooks angle for a bigger piece of the action and the price off their heads.

Filmed almost entirely with a wide fish eyed lens (which I liked) this has enough beloved character actors, tense moments and cool period details to hum and purr. Probably the best thing Soderbergh has done in a decade, feels effortless and exactly my jam.

8

Perfect Double Bill: Devil In A Blue Dress (1995)

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Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

George P. Cosmatos directs Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland and Linda Hamilton in this chase thriller where a political aide to the President finds himself on the run from some mysterious assassins.

Cold product. A poor man’s The Fugitive with unimaginative set pieces. Everyone sleepwalks through underwritten parts… though Stephen Lang does at least catch the eye as a sweaty, silent killer. Enemy Of The State and 24 both cover this exact same ground with far more pizazz.

4

Perfect Double Bill: Terminal Velocity (1994)

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