Friday, 2 October 2015

The five minute reviews are here for the weekend of the AFL Grand Final. So if you're not of a mind to watch the game, there's plenty worth seeing at the cinema!  Just a reminder for any new readers, the brief to myself is not to spend more than five minutes on any one review. (Think I've broken that rule already!) 


Wrecking Crew 

Director: Denny Tedesco
Length: 98 mins

If you're a tragic for the music of the 60s and 70s this film is one you won't want to miss! The session musicians for so many of the big name artists of the era were known as the Wrecking Crew, and this film is a loving homage to those often uncredited musos, but especially to the director's father, Tommy Tedesco. There are wonderful interviews and reminiscences with absolutely top musicians, and of course bucket-loads of the music and artists of the era. Sometimes the timeline hops around a little erratically, but overall it's a music-lover's treat.

Definitely worth a look!!

For my full review:

The Intern 

Director: Nancy Meyers
Length: 121 mins

One of cinemas top rom-com directors brings us the story of a young wife and mother, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), who is juggling work and motherhood. Her highly successful internet start-up fashion company sets up a Senior Intern program employing older folks, hoping to benefit from their experience and wisdom. 70 year old widower Ben (Robert De Niro) takes up a position, and is an instant hit with the young trendies in the company. Don't imagine you know where the film is heading - fortunately the story is more touching, interesting and unexpected than one might imagine. The chemistry of friendship between the two leads is lovely, and, being a huge De Niro fan, I came out pleasantly surprised by this mainstream film.

Worth a look!

For my full review:

Diary of a Teenage Girl 

Director: Marielle Heller
Length: 102 mins

Much deeper and more disturbing than the title would have you believe, DOaTG goes into some dark places, counterbalanced with the naivete and precociousness of being a teen in San Francisco of the mid-70s. Minnie (Bel Powley) lives with her  single mother Charlotte (Kristin Wiig) and Charlotte's boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard). When Charlotte starts up an affair with Monroe things can only become complicated! 
Totally ignoring any legalities, this film explores the  irresponsibility of an adult when he comes up against the raging hormones and sexual experimentation of youth. In fact all the adults are happily into 70s San Fran  counter-culture. There is something unsettling about the content, and yet the powerful acting, especially by young Powley makes it an absorbing film that reminds us how much some aspects of the world have changed, yet how youth will always be flirting with danger. 

Really good!

For a full review by Chris Thompson:

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with your sentiments for those 3 films .... xx