Film study… week 56

The Dreamers

Matthew (Michael Pitt), a young American studying in Paris befriends twins, Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel) and quickly becomes embroiled in their bizarre and sexually charged relationship. I’m not sure how to feel about this film. Watching Matthew’s painful American repression begin to wash away with the 1968 Paris riots as a backdrop is strangely hypnotic as is the disturbingly claustrophobia of Isabelle and Theo’s “twinness”. I can see what the director was trying to do but in other ways it seemed like the shock factor was being overplayed for the sake of it… and boy are there a lot of willies.

Caught in the act, Ed, Marg and Freddie were finding it hard to pass off their threesome as an exercise in water conservation

Quadrophenia

It’s 1965 and London mod, Johnny (Phil Daniels) hates everything except his moped, his mates and all the substances he can lay his hands on. But what he hates the most is rockers. As his life unravels, he gets closer and closer to the edge with everything coming to a head on one fateful trip to Brighton. It’s not impossible to see why Quadrophenia is an iconic film. It really captures the aesthetic and mood of the time and it has some great moments from a young Ray Winstone as a rocker and Sting as Ace Face, the king of the mods. However, it’s very light on storyline and Johnny is hard to identify with because most of the time he’s a massive dick.

Sting took a short break from tantric sex, yoga and writing crap ballads to have a quick fag with Phil Daniels

Definitely, Maybe

A little girl (Abigail Breslin) asks her father (Ryan Reynolds) how he met her mother, who he is on the verge of divorcing. Rather than just telling her the story he launches off on an epic ramble where he tells her about three women he loved and makes her guess which one is her mother. I’m not sure I can believe that any responsible father would tell his eleven-year old that features a series of his sexual exploits and an impressive amount of drunken behaviour as well as outing her mother as an occasional lesbian. Isla Fisher  is as charming as ever as one of the potential mums but it’s not enough to carry the film. I didn’t love it.

Yup, just an inch more and I'll be able to see down your top

Valentines Day

This ensemble romcom features an interlocking cast as their lives overlap on one Valentines Day. It’s a whopper of a cast with Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Beale, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway, just some of the stars making an appearance. There are proposals, cheaters, children with crushes, anti-romantics and teen virginity issues. I don’t know if there was just too much happening at once but the whole thing was just a bit meh. It’s like someone saw Love Actually and thought, let’s make an American Valentines version of it. It just doesn’t work.

I don't care how many flowers you buy me, you're not getting an A in geometry

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