Posts Tagged ‘Imogen Poots’

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She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich, 2014)

June 26, 2015

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His first directorial effort not for television or the documentary format in over a decade, She’s Funny That Way sees legendary American filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich return to one of his recurring interests: resurrecting an old mode of Hollywood cinema for the contemporary film climate.

Here, his concern is with the screwball comedy, which he’s notably taken on before with 1972’s What’s Up, Doc?, an often hilarious, wacky farce, starring Barba Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and Madeline Kahn. Bogdanovich’s arguable contemporary Woody Allen has also resurrected the genre in a number of his own films over the years. That last point is worth stating, as the end result of She’s Funny That Way is sadly closer in quality and feel to the weakest of Allen’s late period comedies than the highs of Bogdanovich’s own, earlier effort…

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Jimi: All Is by My Side (John Ridley, 2013)

October 24, 2014

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Jimi: All Is by My Side takes an approach that more musician biopics should, that of honing in on one specific period of Jimi Hendrix’s life instead of providing a rushed tour from childhood to untimely demise. Since the Hendrix estate denied use of the man’s songs, this artistic decision on the part of writer-director John Ridley may have been compelled by legal logistics, but the result allows for a relaxed atmosphere in which André “3000” Benjamin’s fine performance as Hendrix can avoid mere mimicry and feel lived-in…

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Programme Notes: A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman, 2012)

April 6, 2013

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I was commissioned to write a set of programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre, for their screenings of Yaron Zilberman’s A Late Quartet during the month of April. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman, 2012)

April 5, 2013

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Approaching their 25th anniversary concert, a world-renowned string quartet find their world disrupted by the news that cellist Peter (Walken) has been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. The prospect of replacing him forces all to re-evaluate lives that have long been based on rigorous routine and familiarity. Egos clash, lust is unearthed and complacency is questioned, particularly by the married couple within the group (Hoffman and Keener)…

Full review for The Skinny

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GFF 2013: A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman, 2012)

February 22, 2013

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Approaching their 25th anniversary concert, a world-renowned string quartet find their world disrupted by the news that cellist Peter (Walken) has been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. The prospect of replacing him forces all to re-evaluate lives that have long been based on rigorous routine and familiarity. Egos clash, lust is unearthed and complacency is questioned, particularly by the married couple within the group (Hoffman and Keener)…

Full review for The Skinny/The CineSkinny