Film Friday #108

The Blue Lagoon

Two children are shipwrecked on a deserted island and must fend for themselves. As they grow up, Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) realise that their feelings towards each other are changing. With no outside influence or pre-conceptions about romance or sex, they fall in love and build a simple life together. Of course this film is set in the Victorian era so it’s feasible that the two children have zero knowledge of human reproduction, etc. The concept of how people would fall in love devoid of any social constraints or expectations is very interesting, however this particular execution is so doused in eighties cheese that it’s hard to take seriously, although I did find some elements rather touching. 2/5

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“Stop wriggling, my man thong is cutting into me!”

Play Misty For Me

Dave (Clint Eastwood), a playboy radio DJ has a one night stand with an attractive female fan called Evelyn (Jessica Walter) and gives her his standard brush off. Unfortunately for Dave, Evelyn is as mad as a bag of frogs and adamant that she’s going to be a part of his life… even if it kills someone. As Evelyn’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic, both Dave and Tobie (Donna Mills), the ex he’s recently reconciled with are in danger. This is a classic stalker thriller that is likely to give you a satisfyingly unpleasant shiver up your spine. However, if you’ve ever been humped and dumped by a douchebag, it’s hard not feel just a little bit like Dave is getting exactly what he deserves! 3/5

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I am picturing our unborn children…

The Kids Are All Right

Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nick (Annette Benning) are a married middle-aged lesbian couple with two teenage kids named Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). When the kids make contact with their shared biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), behind their mothers’ backs, he completely unsettles the family’s seemingly calm life just as much as they unsettle his responsibility-free boho lifestyle. Suddenly everyone is questioning what they want from life and who they are. This is a great insight into the nature of family as well as gender roles within families. I wasn’t expecting a huge amount from this but I found it touching and relatable and often quite funny. Highly recommended. 4/5

Sorry... we were just thinking about how much we need men!

Sorry… we were just thinking about how much we need men!

Last Tango in Paris

Jeanne, a young Parisian woman (Maria Schneider) meets an older American man, Paul (Marlon Brando) in an apartment she is considering renting. They begin a sordid sexual relationship without exchanging names or sharing any details about their lives. What Jeanne doesn’t know is that Paul is recovering from the suicide of his wife and what Paul doesn’t know is that Jeanne is engaged to a young filmmaker. Slowly but surely the relationship begins to spiral out of control leading to a disturbing conclusion. I found this film confusing and depressing in some ways and I can’t say that I enjoyed it so to speak. It was kind of thought provoking though and Marlon Brando’s brutal portrayal of a man failing to deal with his grief is very powerful. 2.5/5

"Garcon, another drink before this man talks my hind leg off!"

“Garcon, another drink before this man talks my hind leg off!”

2 Comments

  1. the first one is the movie that you do not wanna see with your parents :p

  2. Abbi

    I think I can top that… when my parents first got divorced before my dad met his partner, he used to take me to the movies to see whatever he felt like seeing. I was about 15. I loved it because I got to have one on one time with my dad, which was rare. Two of the movies he chose were The Devil’s Advocate and Something About Mary. AWKWARD!

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