L’Amant Double

L’Amant Double is a slow moving, erotic thriller. It’s a bit of nonsense with a crazy ending. In fact the whole movie is crazy. I didn’t get it.

Not for the prudish!

Beast

What a terrific film Beast is, with a tremendous performance from Jessie Buckley in the leading role as a troubled young woman rebelling against a stifling home and mother. A thriller, with surprises right up until the end – go see it!

No sunshine is expected here until Tuesday, so one might as well be in the cinema. Three cheers to the Wimbledon Curzon for not dimming the lights during the adverts and trailers, which meant that I could read my novel!

You Were Never Really Here

A brutal movie!

It looks good, sounds good, but otherwise is difficult to like.

Screen-1 at the Curzon in Victoria is tiny, a mere 47 seats, but what comfortable, Pullman seats they are! I’m not a fan of allocated seating, even less so when someone is sitting in your allocated seat. With just 4 rows in the auditorium the wing seats are quite a way off centre and the front row is pretty close to the screen. Despite ending up in a seat out on the wing, the view was not a problem.

On the train into London there was an extremely distressed infant and in the evening I watched the disturbing We Need to Talk About Kevin, by the same director, Lynne Ramsay. All in all a pretty disturbing and cheerless day.

Lady Bird


At my age I probably shouldn’t be going to see a coming-of-age comedy-drama at the cinema – I just didn’t get the 5-star rating. However, the Curzon cinema in Soho has a very nice auditorium though I’m still struggling to understand why cinema adverts and trailers need to be unbearably loud.

Molly’s Game

There were just over 20 people in the Wimbledon Curzon, lunchtime audience watching Molly’s Game. Usually at that time there’s less than a handful.

It’s a terrific, dialog-heavy film, superbly acted by the main actors, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. Maybe not to everyone’s taste – American, fast dialogue, a story based around the game of poker, but I would heartily recommend it.

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The Big Sick

A romcom is not usually my thing, conjuring up images of trailers for an endless number of Jennifer Aniston films on tv. However, on an overcast day and with no sign of the promised sunshine, The Big Sick has been well reviewed and was showing at my almost-local cinema.

A film about relationships and cultural differences, it’s a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. A fair amount of humour, a couple of paper-hankie moments, and a likeable and well acted cast of characters, make for a pretty decent movie.

My Life as a Courgette

I was the only person in the Wimbledon HMVCurzon cinema – a first for me! That wasn’t too surprising as it was a lovely sunny day and it would have been lunchtime for most people.

Incidentally, an air-conditioned cinema on a hot day can feel uncomfortably cold.

As for the film, it’s s 66 minute, sub-titled, stop-motion animation. Set mainly in a small orphanage, it’s OK, it’s cute and it has a happy ending, but I can’t say I was as impressed as the critics. It didn’t help that it was so cold – brrr.

With 25 minutes to spare before my return train, I entered Copperfield Books, a very cramped but large, second-hand bookshop and came away with three novels. It’s well worth a visit as well as a repeat visit.

Nobody sits in the front row out of choice!

The cinema has 108 seats and there were just a dozen patrons waiting to see the subtitled film. So why did an oldish man enter the auditorium and sit in the front row, bang in the middle, followed a minute later by another oldish man who also sat in the front row but at the seat at the end of the row? Nobody sits in the front row out of choice! How do you take in the full width of the screen whilst reading the subtitles? But the two men stayed the full 2 hours duration of the film, so unless they were there for a sleep (costing £8.50 each), they must have gained some pleasure from watching it. Very odd.

As I often do, I Bing’d “front row of the cinema” (until recently I googled) and found this lovely little blog post on this very subject. Enjoy!

https://ajtm.co.uk/2016/12/13/cinema-why-the-front-row-is-the-best-row/

And a final thought, I also Bing’d “Googling vs Bing-ing” and came across this charming 2010 article

https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/googling-vs-bing-ing/

After the Storm

Going to see a film just after lunch was probably not a good idea. I was struggling to read whilst on the train to the cinema and drifted off to sleep, nearly missing my stop.

The film is almost 2 hours long. There is no action, and I mean no action, and at times I again found myself drifting off. Did I mention it’s a Japanese film with subtitles?

It’s an OK film that is interesting for portraying the life of an ordinary Japanese family.

Lady Macbeth

On a cold, overcast day it seemed appropriate to go see a film.

Lady Macbeth seemed longer than its 90 minutes but that doesn’t mean it dragged. Atmospheric and stark, there’s little dialogue, but lots of silence and sounds, and it looks terrific. A fine performance by the leading lady, Florence Pugh.

Story-wise, I’m not sure, but for the senses it was a pretty good experience. Recommended, but not if you’re looking for action.

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