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Everything posted by Palatkik

  1. Rustin [2023] Activist Bayard Rustin faces racism and homophobia as he helps change the course of Civil Rights history by orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington. An outstanding lead performance steals every scene in this historical story telling that is otherwise tiresome format.
  2. Poor Things [2023] The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Loosely based on a 90's book set in Glasgow, this is re-imagined elsewhere in a breathtaking visual production, steampunk retro, anarchic, emotional, funny, one of the year's most original and memorable movies from a director known for the bizarre.
  3. The Zone Of Interest [2023] Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden beside the camp. Unique and stark depiction of the inhumanity of war criminals. Worth seeing and leaves so much to the imagination.
  4. One Life [2023] The true story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued over 660 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the operation known as Kindertransport. What starts off as a run of the mill war film ends in the TV studios of That’s Life when the story took on a new life. Strong performances makes this very watchable.
  5. Bleeding Love [2023] A father takes his estranged daughter on a road trip in an effort to get her into rehab. Along the way they meet all types of strangers, as their strained relationship is put to the test and confuses matters. Average road trip movie meanders all over the place despite immersing us into images of rural America, the whole premise reeks of a true life father/daughter vanity project.
  6. Miller's Girl [2024] A creative writing assignment yields complex results between a teacher and his talented student. Mediocre attempt by Freeman on his foray into the USA movie scene, this story is beyond pretentious despite two decent performances.
  7. American Fiction [2023] A novelist fed up with the establishment profiting from Black entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him into the heart of the hypocrisy and madness he claims to disdain. Clever American biting drama comedy that is more poignant on home soil, the main satirical premise and fun part is cancelled somewhat by the serious background family drama. Up for awards so worth a look.
  8. Welcome To Wrexham [2022 TV Series] Docuseries chronicling the purchase and stewardship of Wrexham AFC, one of professional football's oldest clubs, by two Hollywood actors, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Two series now complete with a third in the making, this is one of the better football docuseries to be made, full of passion and laughs with some self-deprecating humor from the new to the scene owners thrown in.
  9. Butcher's Crossing [2023] An Ivy League drop-out travels to the Colorado wilderness, where he joins a team of buffalo hunters on a journey that puts his life and sanity at risk. Based on the highly acclaimed novel by John Williams. This flawed American dream story, based on the massacre of the nation's buffaloes, succeeds with Cage giving a controlled performance. Good old school western.
  10. Ferrari [2023] Set in the summer of 1957, with Enzo Ferrari's auto empire in crisis, the ex-racer turned entrepreneur pushes himself and his drivers to the edge as they launch into the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy. This is impressive cinema set in Italy, beautiful scenery, fast cars, strong performances, the story-line stalls occasionally but the finish is worth it.
  11. Resistance [2020] The story of mime Marcel Marceau as he works with a group of Jewish boy scouts and the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II. Old school style World War II melodramatics, with the usual cast of cliched baddies, done to wring the heart strings. A story that probably needs telling about the mime artist but needs better.
  12. Passages [2023] A gay couple's marriage is thrown into crisis when one of them impulsively begins a passionate affair with a young woman. Made in France and mostly spoken in English, the lead character in this is both loathsome and fascinating to watch is a disturbing triangle of forbidden bed partners. Well-made unique drama but not to everyone's taste.
  13. Barbie [2023] Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. The genre won't appeal to everyone but an enjoyable well-made smart comedy with plenty of visuals and modern social critique, more for adults than kids.
  14. Fool Me Once [2024 TV Limited Series] A widowed forces mum is disturbed by an image of her late husband captured on her toddler's nanny cam. Supposedly the most popular NF show on when it came out, does not say much for the competition. The story is a dragged out, contrived and amateurish, but the pace could keep some mind numbingly entertained. The title could be ironic because after watching this you'll be more careful next time.
  15. Napoleon [2023] An epic that details the checkered rise and fall of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine. As the movie title might suggest, it takes on too wide a scope, despite some well-orchestrated battle scenes the rest is soulless and too wide a brush stroke, leaving us an unimpressed as the expression on the leads face throughout. OK but not great.
  16. Men Up [2023] The story of the first ever drug trial in the world for Viagra, in Swansea, Wales, 1994. Men Up follows the story of a group of new friends who meet on the trial and the effect this revolutionary pill has on their relationships at home. This feel good drama with The Full Monty vibe about it is a worth seeing.
  17. Mr Bates vs. The Post Office [2024 TV Limited Series] One of the great miscarriages of justice in British legal history where hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters and postmistresses were wrongly accused of theft, fraud and false accounting due to a defective IT system. Based on the bizarre true story where the Post Office as a Crown entity is able to prosecute and jail its own workers, this is a compelling new TV series.
  18. A Haunting In Venice [2023] In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer. Another of the Branagh Agatha Christie melodrama reboots, this one has a Halloween paranormal theme applied to it which doesn't really work, mediocre at best.
  19. One Fine Morning [2023] With a father suffering from neurodegenerative disease, a young woman lives with her eight-year-old daughter. While struggling to secure a decent nursing home, she runs into an unavailable friend with whom she embarks on an affair. This old school French family drama is acted to perfection and very moving, despite the slow pace. Worth seeing.
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