She didnâ€™t exactly have an off day, did Jane Austen, but Simon Walton canâ€™t help feeling Lady Susan was a bit of a rush job, a bit of a seventies Birmingham banger, not really with the sense and sensibility to sit with the sleek limousines of her substantive cannon.Â Continue reading Love and Friendship
Florence Needs Her Machine
Meryl Streep trying out her voice again post Mamma Mia!, Hugh Grant camping it up as a thoroughly upper-crust English toff. The backdrop of the otherworldly nineteen forties New York. Continue reading Florence Foster Jenkins
Mayday: Simon Walton gets That Sinking Feeling…
If thereâ€™s one thing cinematographers love, itâ€™s a shot that opens out into a fantastical reveal.Â Something intimate and possibly threatening, opening into something colossal and most definitely threatening.
Safe as houses
â€˜We could do fifteen million,â€™ says the sharp suited banker.Â â€œCould we make it ninety million?â€™ says a lazy-eyed, world weary Christian Bale.Â The intoxication of the number sets in and the bankers take the bait.Â From then on, there can be only one outcome.
Spend your whole life, cocooned within a single room.Â Never go out, never experience the outside world.Â Sit all day in front of the TV.Â Sounds like heaven for most emo teenagers. Thatâ€™s the spin, but thatâ€™s not exactly how the simulated reality of Room pans out in simulated reality.
What does $100m buy you these days?Â Apparently only B Movie billing next to that force filled romp across a galaxy, far far away.Â That might just be how director Ron Howard feels right now, after teaming up again with leading man Chris Hemsworth for a movie thatâ€™s an altogether different pace from their James Hunt biopic of a few years ago. Continue reading In The Heart of the Sea – Film Review