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October 13, 2017 at 9:03 am #1202236283
Wonder Wheel First Reactions
Clayton Davis: Kate Winslet may have hit a new career high with ‘Wonder Wheel.’ She wallop every scene with sheer ferocity. Cinematography is strong.
Joey Magidson: Wonder Wheel is Woody Allen going full melodrama. Juno Temple and Kate Winslet are game, while the cinematography is luscious.
Matt Neglia: WONDER WHEEL is overly dramatic & self indulgent with its writing & performances. But Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography was ????
Richard Lawson: Justin Timberlake narrating a Woody Allen movie is exactly what you think it would be
Benjamin Lee: Wonder Wheel: clunky, miscast dinner theatre. Timberlake plays a lifeguard poet. Woody, enough
James Healey: Wonder Wheel : Kate Winslet plays what might be the most despicable woman I’ve ever seen on film, no redeeming qualities at all. Yikes.
Leonardo Goi: Wonder Wheel is the most nostalgic Woody Allen I’ve seen in yrs. Reeks of his previous masterpieces & stars a terrific Winslet in Oscar form
Tomris Laffly: Stunning to look at. Propped to perfection. A costume lover’s wet dream. But…found it empty beneath its surface.
Jasonosia: Totally dug Wonder Wheel. Immaculately textured both inside and out. Consciously mirrors the theatrical masks of a Greek tragedy.
Kristopher Tapley: Crafts-wise “Wonder Wheel” is Woody Allen’s most exquisite film maybe to date. A color palette unlike any he’s used. Storaro is pushing him.
Jordan Hoffman: I really loved WONDER WHEEL and now I guess I enter the witness protection program.October 10, 2017 at 3:36 am #1202233880
Marina (Vega’s character) isn’t unlikeable. Everyone else in the film is unlikeable!
What I will say is that I was expecting for her to be more classic-film-style ‘FANTASTIC’, given the title of the film. I was almost anticipating to see some real revenge from Marina, but respect the decision for her not taking that revenge-laden path.
Instead, we get a more layered, dynamic and honest reaction from her to those around her. She never becomes what they expect her to become. That is what makes her fantastic.October 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm #1202233472
I also managed to catch Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme), which has a killer lead turn by Laetitia Dosch. I do wish they would do away with this whole one film per country rule, so that the best films regardless of nationality get in.October 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm #1202232662
Loveless – grounded, nuclear family drama with a powerful message about a toxic parenthood. Good performances and a thought-opening script to delight at.
Just curious if your in LA and that’s where you are lucky enough to see these movies?
Haha not LA, but in London. Lucky that I managed to get three of the submitted FL films in my schedule. 120BPM is my fave fest film so far by a mile (have also caught Blade Runner 2049 while here, which I also give 5 Stars to!)October 8, 2017 at 8:38 am #1202232487
Loveless – grounded, nuclear family drama with a powerful message about a toxic parenthood. Good performances and a thought-opening script to delight at.October 7, 2017 at 9:37 am #1202231997
A Fantastic Woman – a great breakout performance from Daniela Vega lifts a solid, but not spectacular film.
120 Beats Per Minute – in a just world, would get nods across the board. Picture, Director, Screenplay, Acting (Biscayart, Valois & Haenel) to name but a few categories. Emotive, powerful and immediate.October 7, 2017 at 2:04 am #1202231887
In a word, stunning.September 26, 2017 at 9:59 am #1202223950
Blade Runner 2049 First Reactions
Erik Davis: BLADE RUNNER 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we don’t see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic. The story is great, the score is great, the Gosling is great & the real star, imo, is Ana de Armas, who steals the film. Floored by this one.
Jenna Busch: Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most mind-blowing films I’ve seen. It’s breathtaking and transportive. Denis Villeneuve has a masterpiece.
Eric Eisenberg: Denis Villeneuve is unquestionably one of the elite working directors & there’s no excuse if Deakins doesn’t win the Oscar
Jordan Hoffman: Good news! BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a terrific continuation and expansion of the orig. Wasn’t hoping for much, ended up LOVING it. (Even Leto!)
Scott Menzel: Blade Runner 2049 is a rare sequel that actually improves on the original. Great Performances & Visually Breathtaking. Villeneuve nails it.
Steven Weintraub: Everyone bow down to Denis Villeneuve. He’s done the impossible and delivered a huge home run with ‘Blade Runner 2049’. Loved it. Even if you have no interest in the film, the breathtaking Cinematography by Roger Deakins is worth the price of admission. He’s a God.
Ali Plumb: It’s my pleasure to say I loved Blade Runner 2049. Long and slow – in a very good way. A lot to think about.
Drew Dietsch: See Blade Runner 2049 on the biggest screen with the best sound possible. This is transportive filmmaking. It completely drew me in.September 22, 2017 at 9:44 am #1202221125
I’ve not seen any, but surely it’s one of France (120 BPM); Israel (Foxtrot); Sweden (The Square).
Anything else winning would be a shock, no?September 22, 2017 at 9:28 am #1202221105
A beautiful, grounded, natural film about love.
The performances from the two main actors are knockout brilliant. With Josh O’Connor in particular, a star is born. I loved how he was able to show the confliction Johnny has, and that this conflict wasn’t over him being gay and coming to terms with it – but more just being able to love someone else and open up to them.
Such a bold debut from Francis Lee, with a stunning script that allows the naturalism of what we see to flourish even more.
Easily one of the best of the year and is sure going to stay with me for a very long time.September 22, 2017 at 9:21 am #1202221100
I really really enjoyed this. It’s a clever take on the toxicity of relationships, their ups and their downs. Seeing the little chips dig away at the couple, life being made and an ultimate betrayal before it’s time to call it quits and let your heart be ripped out of your chest and mend.
Add to that, the narrative on the impact that the construct of celebrity, immediacy and social media is having on us as a society.
The performances are all very good. Unsure if any will make my personal lists of the year, but that isn’t because they aren’t good. It’s a complete show off for Aronofsky, unlike some of his previous films where performances take centre stage. Here it is all direction and writing – and it works. It never feels overly pretentious, everything is done with a motive and emotion.
I do understand why some people don’t get it, but for me it was a great watch. Sure to stay with me.September 15, 2017 at 11:07 am #1202213664
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Joe Wright – Darkest Hour
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
Lynn Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day Lewis – Phantom Thread
Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
Meryl Streep – The Post
Kate Winslet – Wonder Wheel
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Defoe – The Florida Project
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Ben Mendelsohn – Darkest Hour
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Mark Rylance – Dunkirk
Best Supporting Actress
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Judi Dench – Murder On The Orient Express
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water
Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
Outstanding British Film
The Death of Stalin
God’s Own Country
I Am Not A Witch
You Were Never Really HereSeptember 14, 2017 at 11:08 am #1202212796
Looks like The Breadwinner is pulling ahead!
I’m booked up to watch it at the London Film Festival. My fingers are tightly crossed!September 9, 2017 at 10:46 am #1202208087
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women First Reactions
Angie J Han: Professor Marston is fantastic: smart and sexy and sweet, with a next level performance by Rebecca Hall. The year of Wonder Woman continues!
Andrea Mandela: PROFESSOR MARSTON is a slow burn but (wo)man, does it pay off
Matt Jacobs: Calling all Connie Britton hair enthusiasts: Her prissy 1940s bouffant in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is TIFFs scene-stealer.
Alicia Malone: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMAN: fascinating story & companion piece to WW. Appreciated the feminine touch on taboo subjects
Jared Mobarak: Professor Marston: great biopic wherein what’s given context is the creation born from the lives depicted, not creators. Hall excels
Chris Evangelista: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN: a bit biopic-y, but funny, sexy and charming. Rebecca Hall is INCREDIBLE.
Erik Davis: Rebecca Hall continues to crush every single performance she gives. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women may be her best yet
Adam Lubitow: PROFESSOR MARSTON: Biggest surprise of the festival so far. It’s fantastic: smart, funny, sexy w/ three fantastic lead performances.
Adam B Vary: Really respected how PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN *goes there* exploring Wonder Woman’s sub/dom, polyamorous origins.
Peter Bradshaw: A tone of forced sweetness and celebratory earnestness, where something more savoury would have been better
Jordan Hoffman: PROF MARSTON + THE WW is a frustrating film. First half is GREAT! 2nd…not so much.