Film Reviews

A Quiet Passion (2016)

“But what of that”

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Gene Siskel Theatre, Chicago. The film of the year. Director Terence Davies directs a masterpiece about an ordinary woman who happened to be a genius.

Cynthia Nixon delivers a memorizing portrayal of poet Emily Dickinson. From her timeless smile and posture to her cheeky wit and mannerism. Dickinson progressively evolves into a reclusive ghost of a once vibrant woman while never losing the elegance and passion of a true lady. All supporting roles were equally as impressive.

Dickinson only published 7 room 11 poems in her life, however didn’t gain recognition until after her death. Dickinson’s punctuation was so erratic and primitive that people had corrected the punctuation and then the poems made little to no sense.

I was fortunate enough to be able to watch a screening of this in Chicago and attend a Q&A with Director Terence Davies afterwards.

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5 out of 5

Live By Night (2016)

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Palance Cinema, Leichhardt. An unreal movie full of action and adventure. All the cities and settings are done perfectly. The use of racism was well played aswell. Well worth a look.

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4 out of 5

Allied (2016)

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Palace Cinema, Paddington. Great action/adventure/romance film that keeps you guessing to the very end. Settings are amazing just like the costumes. It feels alot like Tarantino, but doesn’t quite turn into Tarantino. That’s the Morocco I’d love to visit although I’d say I’ve left my run to late.

4.5 out of 5

Mal De Pierre’s (2016)

“You love me in silence”


Korean Airlines. A surprisingly strong and sensible French film based on the novel From the Land of the Moon by Milena Angus. Directored by Nicole Garcia, set in stunning rural France and accompanied by a masterful soundtrack.

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Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a self centered, rebellious woman who is in a loveless arranged marrige to Jose (Alex Brendemuhl). When Gabrielle is sent to a spa in the Alps to relieve her kidney stones, she meets and falls in love with Indochine war veteran Andre (Louis Garrel).

The film takes you on a somewhat predictable journey then embarks on a massive twist you’ll never see coming.

Rating 4.5 out of 5


Miss Sloane (2016)

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“In this town you’re never more then two foot from a rat”

Korean Airlines. Amazing story, acting is to rehearsed in places and doesn’t flow very well, however for the most part is passable. Court room scenes are brilliantly done with John Lithgow delivering a great performance. After thinking you’ve got it sewn up, you’re hit with an unpredictable twist at the end.

Rating 4 out of 5

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Palace Cinema, Leichhardt. What a film, I was fortunate enough to have the entire cinema to myself (I caught the early morning screening), pulls you in wright from the start, full of twists and turns, continually changing from scene to scene, personally I wished it kept going. SPOILER ALERT The only thing I was a tad let down by was the rouge cop part, but then again that was only a story in a novel and not the actual movie as such.

4.5 out of 5

The Girl On The Train (2016)

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Palace Cinema, Leichhardt, this evolved into an unreal rollercoaster ride. Constant twists and turns. Amazing rural New York scenery. I felt somewhat sympathetic for Rachel however in another sense I didn’t. Adapted from the book of the same name.

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4.5 out of 5

Drifting Clouds


A late 90s Finnish depiction of a simple life taken to the ground by both husband and wife losing their modest jobs.

Showing how hard times can easily manifest and even the most basic of luxuries have to go.

Filmed as basic as possible which does the dry/lame humor alot of favours.

David Stratton opened the film and quoted Cannes as saying “The dog in the film played the best part”


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I travel, draw, paint and write. My travels always venture off the beaten track, giving me endless things to write about -JLS-