Film Reviews by RN

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Sweet Bean

Touching The Heart

(Edit) 18/12/2017

This is a film made from true experience of humility and heartfelt warmth. Is Tokue a bodhisatva? She has a mind of beauty and compassion, of a being who devotes herself to the welfare of others . By entering the lives of the other two main characters she draws out for them their own deepest love for another human being; she reveals what it means to love. Oh yes, the bean paste is the catalyst for the story

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The Ottoman Lieutenant

Somewhat ambiguous concerning the Armenian genocide committed by the Turks.

(Edit) 30/11/2017

The locations representing Anatolia appeared well in the film. Story-line was often confusing with some events being 'set up' to carry the plot. The Ottoman Lieutenant played his character superbly, even showing his reflection on the horror of war after he kills the Armenian 'rebel' sniper, and then sees him as just the father of his two orphans. Not a great film, although it concerned one of histories greatest of human catastrophes. Summing it up - love discovered and then destroyed by the human capacity to do so - again.........

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Jason Bourne

Greengrassed!!!

(Edit) 14/11/2017

At some time the film genre of rogue USA, CIA operatives and their assassins has to become more than just violence (makes the wannabe macho men feel good?) pyrotechnics, millions of bullets, loooong chase sequences jumbled into a an often confusing plot, This has resulted in a movie which I would have preferred to have missed. The mark of a good movie or of a stage drama is how easily one is able to suspend ones disbelief and settle into the 'reality' presented by the production. Greengrass doesn't do subtlety, most of the time we are blasted by firepower and speed with little or no coherent intrigue to draw us through the story. Being a fan of John le Carre's work and the associated movies, I guess that I should bypass future Greengrass movies.

There can be great entertainment from a well written, gripping story presented skilfully in a cunning plot in shades of power and allusion, all captured by the art of the cameraman. I hope that the next movie from Paul Greengrass & Co. will include those criteria. A rating of just 56% is pretty dismal for Jason Bourne 2016.

Robert

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