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USA 2020

Running time: 187 mins

A Total Film Experience

This One Has Everything

Director : Lila Avilés

Film Summary :
In short you could say that all moviedom is here
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Review by Star Reviewer, In the Cinema (doh) on 06 Apr 2021

Review Summary :
Totally immersive, totally engrossing, totally mind-blowing. So this summary is as long as it can be and will get cut off at around 250 characters if not before.

The Full On Experience

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1971

The Go Between

Director : Bong Joon Ho

Synopsis extract :
Edwardian country house nonsense
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Review by Roger, Streamed proj @ home on 04 May 2020

Review of "The Go Between"

Belongs with Wuthering Heights and Brief Encounter (and many more) as English establishment nostalgic propaganda for the status quo. Its all ok cos sometimes relationships across class divides are fruitful. Social mobility is possible so snobbery is ok. No basis is given for any kind of relationship between the Bates character and the Christie one - apart from people saying "he's a bit of a ladies man" - so presumably she is bound to fall for him. The toffs are all unpleasant (to each other and as people) and the plebs are caricatures. (the shot of them sitting on a bench watching the cricket match is particularly insulting). There is nothing of merit here.

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2018

The Chambermaid

Director : Bing Liu

Synopsis extract :
Life of a chambermaid in a luxurious Mexico City hotel
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Review by Roger, DVD proj @ home on 11 Apr 2020

Review of "The Chambermaid"

One of those nothing happens film that sort of leaves you thinking well I suppose that was interesting but I'm not really sure what the point of it is - rather like the life of the subject of the film

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2019

Parasite

Director : Anthony Woodley

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Korean film about a poor family who infiltrate a rich family as their servants, displacing their ...
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Review by Roger, Plymouth Arts Cinema on 03 Mar 2020

Review of "Parasite"

Very good with lots of excellent acting and visual touches plus a good story - up until the end which is a deus-ex-machina cop-out. Entertaining as it is to see the rich slaughtered and social snobbery get its comeuppance, it really could have been resolved more satisfactorily. (I don't know how!)

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2019

The Flood

Director : Jordan Peele

Synopsis extract :
Immigration Officer gets involved in a case whilst having personal difficulties
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Review by Roger, DVD proj @ home on 18 Feb 2020

Review of "The Flood"

One case that exemplifies everything that is wrong with the current situation all the way from central africa to the uk. Based on true stories.

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2019

Us

Director : Asif Kapadia

Synopsis extract :
Silly hokum about doppleganners living beneath ground and escaping to terrorise their doubles.
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Review by Roger, DVD proj @ home on 27 Jan 2020

Review of "Us"

Not a lot to like here. Mildly entertaining.

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2019

Bait

Director : Mark Jenkin

Synopsis extract :
Cornish fishing village modern day look at tensions between secondhomers and working community
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Review by Roger, Arts Cinema Plymouth on 01 Nov 2019

Review of "Bait"

Shot in B&W 4*3 with blemishes to give a slightly home movie effect. Camera allowed to linger on objects and faces to tell the story. Excellent effect allowing plenty of time for viewer to think through the implications of the narrative. Technically a fascinating piece of film making using B&W and unusual choice of shots to provide an elliptical view of the narrative with space for the viewer to consider. As with reality there is no absolute truth here. As a story about the interaction between the characters it has considerable subtlety and shows all the participants as essentially flawed and very human. As a story about the major issue of the way the tourism "industry" trashes our communities, distorts our home lives, and creates massive suppressed resentment against those who come across the Tamar for two weeks or two months and make no contribution it is a powerful contribution. By and large the behaviour of all of the visitors is at best deeply patronising and arrogant - just like real life. The sooner we get rid of these parasites the better. And I imagine that the same feelings exist everywhere that tourists go, it is not a problem peculiar to Cornwall, although it is probably at its worst in the UK here.

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2017

Faces Places

Directors : JR, Agnes Varda

Synopsis extract :
Agnes meets photo artist JR who specialises in giant images and the two collaborate. ...
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Review by Roger, DVD proj @ home on 28 Sep 2019

Review of "Faces Places"

Visages Villages (the title in French) sees 89 year old artist/film maker Agnes Varda collaborate with 34 year old photo-muralist JR. Together they embark on a voyage around France creating stunning works/installations as they go and cross fertilising both ways between the generations of artists as they go. This is their story, and a delight filled one it is. Agnes died aged 90 in March 2019 and this film together with "The Beaches of Agnes" 2008 makes a fitting legacy for someone at the heart of the post WWII French New Wave Cinema in the 60s (and incidentally, as a friend, one of only 6 people to attend Jim Morrison's funeral). A life well lived, for sure the new generation epitomised by JR will carry the baton forward.

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