“Jasper Jones” by Rachel Perkins (Australia, 2017)


Jasper Jones

Interesting representation of teenagers rejecting the crooked ways of the significant adults around them.
NOTICED (SPOILER): One mother betrays her husband. Another one destroys evidence to protect hers. In the end, it leaves two children betrayed by their mothers.
The musical score is too omnipresent. 

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Music by Antony Partos
Cinematography by Mark Wareham
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet


“Stander” by Bronwen Hughes (South Africa 2003)


Robbery as a political statement. Intelligent direction

Cast: Thomas Jane, David O’Hara, Dexter Fletcher
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writer: Bima Stagg
Music by The Free Association
Cinematography by Jess Hall
Film Editing by Robert Ivison

“Sairat” by Nagraj Manjule (India, 2016)


Could have been an hour shorter / humor disappears halfway

Cast: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar, Arbaz Shaikh
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writers: Nagraj Manjule (story and screenplay), Nagraj Manjule (dialogue)
Music by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Cinematography by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Film Editing by Kutub Inamdar

“The Beguiled” by Don Siegel (USA, 1971)

The Beguiled

A man has three women to chose from… and he chooses the wrong one. Is this movie about how stupid a man can be? 🙂
See also “The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola (2017)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman
Director: Don Siegel
Writers:  Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography: Bruce Surtees
Editing: Carl Pingitore

“The Hatton Garden Job” by Ronnie Thompson (UK, 2017)

The Hatton Garden Job

An ode to the expertise of older people
disappointing, messy script

Cast: Matthew Goode, Stephen Moyer, Joely Richardson
Director: Ronnie Thompson
Writers: Ray Bogdanovich, Dean Lines
Music by Paul Arnold, Andrew Barnabas, Duncan Forbes, Lol Hammond
Cinematography by Arthur Mulhern
Film Editing by Emma Gaffney