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Turn Up Charlie (2019)
I wish I could watch this with my daughter
Well shot, great locations, odd ensemble of Nigerian, American & English: I loved it. I needed to distract before my exam and it was perfect. Idris plays Charlie a DJ down on his luck. His mate, who he hasn't seen for years, returns to LNDN with superstar DJ wife Sara and is more successful with a cosmopolitan family. He wants Charlie to look after his Curly Sue-cum- Problem child. The dynamics feel real. For one, Frankie Harvey who play the dtr is spot on resourceful, articulate sassy. My dir actually talks like this girl. Her parents flit between panic &pride dealing with her , they involve her in most decisions. Four very strong adult characters gravitate around her; her existence, whims and wishes. All four adults whose careers are in trajectory are suddenly forced to slow down everything to reflect on their responsibility to her. Idris Elbas Nigerian family and mate Guz Khan provide light relief although this aspect of the show feels like a BBC sitcom. Isn't that what London life is like? Humble beginnings, culture smash, hanging out friends that became celebs, having no time time to deal with erupting family drama and standing on the edge of a precipice where with one jump you could be the next big thing?
A film that might influence you- if you've been cheated on
I had just found out that my husband was flirting on phone with his colleague again after promising me 6 months ago he wouldn't . My family say he a loser. I watched this movie the day after so I picked it to indulge myself, I suppose. And it reflected my own hurt and circumstances so well, the husbands character was like my own husbands; financially reliant on women, cowardly and likeable at the same time. I felt justified in my own anger because of this, it shows the slow wearing down of this woman resilience during the coarse of this film.
I decided 20 minutes before the film ended that I'd go out and watch stand up comedy. Cheer up, Do something different to what this character was doing. But films character and hurt stayed with me and I used it to justify my anger towards him. Until we had a big blowout. You can probably use your imagination
I came back to finish the movie 3 days later. Its a bit of a curve ball, theres no redemption for the wife, she had BPD so was extreme in her reaction and I was shocked. Blew my justification out of the water. I have EUPD another term for BPD. Now I'm rethinking whether hurting to that extent is justified if its conclusion is my own self destruction. Wish i'd seen it all the way through. I am very suggestible.
American Hustle (2013)
a pressure cooker of drama and action
About 2/3 of the way through I needed to take a breather from the pressure that built up in the scene of confrontation between two characters Jennifer and Amys' characters. I felt like leaving the screen room-but I didn't want to miss anything. The directer paces this film so well and builds the drama that you don't notice the length of the film. The suspense throughout events unfold perfectly that you seamlessly break through the pain barrier of tedium when you sit through a film so long and hit a euphoric stage. I love it when a lengthy film manages that for an audience- everyone in the packed audience was gripped.
Each character is measured out perfectly in this film. Even brad cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's' excesses adds dimension to their character. Amy Adams and the unusually humble character of Bale are quite complex because they go the through dilemmas during the film and see that they sort of react to the situation the best way they know how; these characters are both wrong and right in a very accessible and human way.
I was expecting the director to put these characters above the above audience and on a pedestal showing them as experienced masterminds of hustle(kind of like in now you see me or oceans 11). But there's no real convoluted heist, deception or misdirection just a clever Amy Adams making it up as she goes along.She does some really good acting despite having to wear eye wateringly booby dresses throughout the whole film.That is what is refreshing about the film,the characters appear to just make it up really well, to survive the situation they find themselves with all the "big sharks" circling them. Calling it American hustle in the sense that hustle films currently regarded is a little bit of a misnomer. But I wont grumble.
The soundtrack is a pleasant surprise and reminds you how good these songs were; I think they complement the events in the film.
Clearly the director didn't want to have to choose between gripping, suspenseful, fast paced events and a character driven film so he did both and I applaud the decision.
You have to see this film! 8/10
Important in cinematic history
I watched this to catalogue some must-sees in film history. I didn't enjoy it but I was fascinated.
However for the time it was made this film was trailblazing for showcasing such a strange ensemble of cast with some acting talent.I was impressed at the type of characters they included and how they stayed in characters while in make up and who they became in their day to day life at the circus.
It was filmed really well, two of the midgets were a little stilted in their performance but you would never see this cast and the concept in modern cinema,certainly not in commercial films. If you liked pink flamingos you might like this, but that film left me feeling cold. This is exactly how you imagined fairgrounds to be in the Victorian era.
I could not stretch my imagination to how they actually managed to exact the circus clans final act of revenge. Although horrific it confounded me.