Film Reviews by jc

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Stan and Ollie

A glimpse back in time

(Edit) 13/03/2020

To me there's something quite sentimental about this film, but I like that kind of thing.

It's beautifully underplayed and offers an insight into a period of their careers that wasn't necessarily what most people remembered.

In some ways I found the highlight of this film to be the glimpses of their comedy that still works and translates today - maybe there's a gap in the entertainment market for a re-imagined version of what these two were so very good at.

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High Life

Maybe it's just me...

(Edit) 11/03/2020

Perhaps I just don't get this film and it pains me to criticise someone else's art, but this is utter drivel.

By my judgement this should also be Claire Denis last English language film. The whole thing from start to finish offered me nothing - if there was a plot worth following it clearly passed me by.

After it had been on for about 20 minutes I thought seriously about switching it off - in hindsight I should have gone with my gut!

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Hidden Kisses

I loved this film

(Edit) 26/02/2020

Overall it's a great concept that is brilliantly delivered.

The start was a little shaky for me, but it soon got into it's stride and is definitely above average for this genre of film - and I watch a lot of these LGBT+ type films. Some excellent performances and some lovely touching moments of how these issues can affect families. It's really very well thought out - the relationship between the main character and his father is nicely developed.

I really, really liked it.

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Jayson Bend: Queen and Country

Probably what you'd expect...

(Edit) 12/02/2020

The acting is hammy, it's filmed on a shoestring and it's entirely predictable, but it didn't stop me laughing at some of the funnier lines. Just like James Bond, it shouldn't be taken too seriously.

If you're not enjoying it the good news is that the main feature is refreshingly short. But this does mean there's room for a couple of other films of Mexican origin - I love world cinema, but these aren't the best examples.

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Centre of My World

A film with surprising depth.

(Edit) 12/02/2020

The plot and characterisation in this film take it way beyond the LGBT+ genre into something far more thought provoking.

Entirely believable, well thought through and an excellent reflection of teenage dreams and aspirations struggling to come to grips with an imperfect world. I really enjoyed it.

This is the kind of three dimensional film more people should aim to make.

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