Saturday, 24 February 2018

Brooklyn (2015)

Lady Bird is the only place I've seen Saoirse Ronan before. She was so good in it, I decided I'd give a chance to her previous movies as well, and I started with Brooklyn, for obvious reasons. I mean, Saorise got an Oscar nomination for the role, the film for best picture and the script for best adapted screenplay (it didn't win any though).

Ireland, early 1950s. Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is an ambitious young woman working in a grocery shop with no future in Ireland. With the help of her sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) and an Irish priest (Jim Broadbent) already living there, she leaves for Brooklyn, New York. She's very homesick at first, but then she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), an American-Italian young fella. They fall in love but soon a tragedy strikes and Eilis must go back to Ireland. 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Phantom Thread (2017)

I haven't seen all of Paul Thomas Anderson films, but I loved those I've seen (Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood). Also, though I'm not a fan of him, I really like Daniel Day-Lewis's performances. Those are the two reasons I was really looking forward to seeing Phantom Thread. Maybe it was the high expectations, the fact is Anderson's latest film left me a little disappointed. It's not a bad film, but I was expecting more.

In 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker who, along with his devoted sister (Lesley Manville), creates dresses for the high society. Also, he's an asshole. He has a habit of using women and dropping them when he gets bored of them. Then one day, he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress who soon becomes his muse and lover and will disrupt his life.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Girl on the Bridge (1999)

Girl on the Bridge (French: La fille sur le pont) is another of those movies I found while searing for foreign language romances. I didn't know anything about the film, only that there was Vanessa Paradis in it, and being curious to see her acting, I watched it. 

It all starts one night, on a bridge. Adèle (Vanessa Paradis), tired of being used by all the men in her life, is contemplating suicide. That's when Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) makes his first appearance. He is a knife thrower in need of a human target and offers her the 'job'. She accepts. The two make a good team and soon Adèle's luck starts to change.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Legal Dramas

It's the last Thursday of the month so it's time for another TV shows themed Thursday Movie Picks. If you (still) don't know what Thursday Movie Picks is, it is a weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves with very simple rules: pick three to five film or TV shows that fit the week's theme.