“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

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“Autumn Lights” by Angad Aulakh (USA, 2016)

Autumn Lights

A young woman’s promiscuous relationships and how the men in her life react to it
The heaviness created by the landscape and the relationships is not to the taste of everyone, as the extreme ratings show

Cast: Guy Kent, Marta Gastini, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Director: Angad Aulakh
Writer: Angad Aulakh
Music by Hugi Gudmundsson
Composer: Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson
Cinematography by Árni Filippusson
Film Editing by Valdís Óskarsdóttir

“Sairat” by Nagraj Manjule (India, 2016)

Sairat

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 Lovers” by Azazel Jacobs (USA, 2017)

The Lovers (2)

A dull first half and a disappointing end in spite of (or is it just because of) the final twist. The performances and the musical score are the best things this movie has to offer.

Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Writer: Azazel Jacobs
Cinematographer: Tobias Datum
Editor: Darrin Navarro
Composer: Mandy Hoffman

“The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola (USA, 2017)

The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola (2017)

A male ‘enemy’ in a women-only environment: delightful!
Enchanting photography in natural light
Remake of “The Beguiled” by Don Siegel (1971)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer (novel): Thomas Cullinan
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Cinematographer: Philippe Le Sourd
Editor: Sarah Flack
Composer: Laura Karpman

“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

“In A World…” by Lake Bell (USA, 2013)

In A World....

An interesting and original idea marred by a predictable plot, stereotypical personages, and relationships that bring nothing to the story. What a pity!

Cast: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino
Director: Lake Bell
Writer: Lake Bell
Director of Photography: Seamus Tierney