Movie Quibble’s been a tad inactive lately, and over the Christmas period it will probably be as supine as a comatose elderly relative who’s had one porcine-cylinder and a vicodin too many. I’m off to Vietnam so the only writing I’ll be doing will be the blood-painting-on-the-mirror-in-a-drunken-shellshocked-stupor-inside-a-sweaty-$3-per-night-Saigon-motel-room kind. I’m so lazy that I’m even including my recent cinema trips in this posting rather than the usual individual reviews. I will review the third Hobbit movie before I fly off on my own Fully Expected Journey, but the film will probably be a Desecration of my Soul and it will be a Battle to not set Fire to Myself. That doesn’t even work in a rhyming sense or anything, but foolofatook it.
The Station Agent (2003) – 3/5
Director: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson
Dwarf train-spotter goes off rails. Runs outs of steam.
Fish Tank (2009) – 4/5
Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender
Magneto prevents a break dancing girl from escaping the ghetto.
Genevieve (1953) – 3/5
Director: Henry Cornelius
Cast: Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan, Kay Kendall
My former headmaster/Latin teacher’s favourite film. Here’s a vine.
Mr. Turner (2014) – 3/5
Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Karl Johnson, Lesley Manville, Paul Jesson
A spitting, spluttering Spall portrays a mastermind, farts and all.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – 4/5
Director: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Cast: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Stuart Rutherford
Mockumentary about vampires, werewolves, and Stu. Best comedy of 2014.
Cathy Come Home (1966) – 4/5
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Carol White, Ray Brooks, Geoffrey Palmer
Ken Loach’s most Loachian socio-political film ever. Banging soundrack.
Cocktail (1988) – 1/5
Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Ron Dean, Elisabeth Shue
An irreconcilable 1980s nadir which left me shaken and perturbed.
War Horse (2011) – 2/5
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Huddledbehindaboulder, Beneficio Cookusanotherbatch, Niels Arsesyrup, Peter Mullan, Toby Kebbell, Jeremy Irvine
Another Oscar-baiting pony in Universal’s stable. Gallopoli was better….
Thanks for coming. Bye. Have a Meriadoc Godmas my dear friends! xx