The summer of slowing down continues!
You can check out my reasons for this approach in my post on what I watched in July.
For August there were trips away, time with family and a little reading but these are a few of the films I had the chance to catch in August.
The man who literally wrote the box on transcendental style gives a cinematic masterclass on his own text.
Nothing moves quickly, not even the camera. Dialogue is delivered with a depth and power that spoke to the very soul of who I am and where I'm at.
Ethan Hawke's struggling priest speaks a truth that no minister dares.
The intersection of big business and big churches.
The cry from Eden to care for creation.
How to doubt, wrestle and yet carry on with care and compassion for those who need it most.
This is faith lived out and I now need to read some Thomas Merton!
Can God really forgive us for what we continue to do is the question the film asks. It never provides a definitive answer and that is perhaps the greatest truth of all.
The Darkest Minds
Another attempt to squeeze the last juices from YA dystopian future adaptations.
Despite glimpses of bigger ideas, it never fully throws itself into these areas to garner enough interest.
There are simply better versions of this already in cinematic existence. My only mild interest in this film is to see if it can muster enough good will from audiences to warrant the franchise it so desperately seeks.
Watch the Hunger Games again.
Watch an X-Men movie.
It will be a more worthwhile investment of your time than this.
Absolute nonsense with some seriously dodgy dialogue and wooden acting BUT you know what, at the same time there are some great moments of popcorn guzzling fun!
A project that Dwayne Johnson rejected perhaps??
Don't take it too seriously and have a good night out!
Best Twitter review - 'Big fish, little kid, cardboard plot' via @whysospurious
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Oh Paul Rudd teach me your secrets!
Your high levels of likability.
Your impeccable comedy timing.
Your close up magic skills!!
A decent MCU entry that, without Rudd, would be lot harder to get on board with.
More Wasp is definietly required next time round. The flying, kicking, bad ass stuff is great but tell me more about her Marvel let's go a little deeper.
Everything is coming up quantum.
The Eyes of Orson Welles
Mark Cousins mesmerisc gaze with lingering shots and hypnotic voice slowly let his subjects consume you, be they cityscapes or his idols as in this instance.
Leaving this screening I was mesmerised by Welles, enthralled by his simplistically deep sketches, the noise of the pencil bringing them to life, his politics, his travels, his character.
I fell in love with a cigarette smoking Rita Hayworth in the Lady from Shanghai and understood how Welles could become so enraptured so quickly.
Mark Cousins is a unique talent who continually provides viewers with a new way of seeing.
This is a cinematic love letter and I definitely fell head over heels.