THE DANISH GIRL

The Danish Girl is easily director Tom Hooper’s most interesting movie, though that doesn’t say very much. Dramatizing the world’s first known gender reassignment surgery, Hooper explores the story from an intimate setting, concerning himself largely with the marital plight of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) rather than the social or political aspects of Einar/Lili’s decision in 19th Century Amsterdam. The result is a tender treatment of a delicate subject, but with a shallow focus. Hooper’s main problem is that he isn’t sure whose story is the compelling one — the title refers to Einar/Lili in … Continue reading THE DANISH GIRL

LILTING

We have all lost someone dear to us, but we all deal with it in our own way. Lilting, the first film from writer/director Hong Khaou, explores how two very different people deal with the loss of the same person. The dearly departed is Kai (Andrew Leung) the boyfriend of Richard (Ben Whishaw) and the son of Junn (Pei-pei Cheng), a Cambodian émigré now living in London. Hit and killed by a bus prior to the beginning of the movie, Kia visits both Richard and Junn via memories that Khaou weaves into present. Kai’s passing is so recent that Richard … Continue reading LILTING

2012: A Year At The Movies

2012 was a magnificent year for the movies. They are more diverse, more personal, and more magical than ever. Yes, there was the onslaught of the usual blockbuster fare, sequels left and right, and the mighty flops that were John Carter and Battleship, but there was so much more to discover in theaters this year. It is quite possible that 2012 was one of the best years for the cinema, maybe not on par with 1939 or 1960, but time will tell which of these stories permeate the collective consciousness and hang around and continue to inform our experiences. 2012 also saw a great amount of cinema history as … Continue reading 2012: A Year At The Movies

Movie Beat – 11.09.12

The weekend is upon us, and here we have ten new films out in cinemas for our viewing pleasures. Which one catches your eye? Citadel – Creepy kids and agoraphobia, what a lovely combination. Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) suffers from chronic agoraphobia ever since he watched a pack of feral children attack and kill his wife. Now, they seem intent on killing his daughter. Tommy teams up with a priest (James Cosmo) to try and learn what drives them, and the answers that lie within The Citadel. Ciaran Foy writes and directs his feature debut, which looks like it will scare the pants off … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.09.12

CLOUD ATLAS

“Everything is connected” is the tagline to Cloud Atlas, a movie that is as ambitious as it is long. Adapted from the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas carries three directors, six storylines spanning centuries, and twelve actors all playing multiple roles. A large budget film with lofty ambitions, Cloud Atlas aims to not only adapt a beloved novel, but to illuminate while entertaining. It does manage to entertain, which is necessary for a film with a three-hour running time, but its illuminations are superficial at best. Cloud Atlas comes with a very dense, almost labyrinthine plot. I suspect that the reason … Continue reading CLOUD ATLAS