Tag Archive: Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange

BBB.5 (out of 5) A top-tier brain surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his future destroyed when a car accident causes nerve damage in his once steady hands that he cannot repair.  Turning his back on… Continue reading

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A Bigger Splash

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tilda Swinton is a rock star recovering from vocal chord surgery in her idyllic, isolated villa in Sicily, accompanied by her filmmaker lover Matthias Schoenaerts.  The pure, erotic silence of… Continue reading

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Hail, Caesar!

B.5 (out of 5) It’s 1951 and the post-war boom that has made America the leading industrial country in the world is reflected in the glorious movies being made in Hollywood. Josh Brolin… Continue reading

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy,… Continue reading

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Snowpiercer

BB.5 (out of 5) It was only a matter of time before Bong Joon-ho would follow excellent films like The Host and his masterful Mother with an English language debut, much like his… Continue reading

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Blue

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nearing the end of his life and losing his eyesight, filmmaker Derek Jarman made his last work without compromising his ability to have audiences see life through his perspective.… Continue reading

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Possible Worlds

BB (out of 5) A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting someone else’s theatrical piece in place of his own.  Tom McCamus plays a man who lives two lives, both of which involve… Continue reading

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

BBBB (out of 5) Wes Anderson turns to the inspiration of Stefan Zweig for a glimpse of old-world European daintiness filtered through his own precious imagination.  Author Jude Law visits a faded grand hotel… Continue reading

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Julia (2008)

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a party girl who has never quite caught on to the idea of a responsible life. Partying all night, random sex partners and too much… Continue reading

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Female Perversions

BBB (out of 5) Interesting examination of the many images and roles women in modern-day society take upon and/or create for themselves; Susan Streitfeld’s plotline doesn’t measure up to the message, but it does… Continue reading

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The War Zone

BB (out of 5) An English family leave the bustle of London to live in a quiet, rural home in the countryside. Father (Ray Winstone) does his best to improve the house while… Continue reading

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We Need To Talk About Kevin

BBBB (out of 5) An endlessly watchable Tilda Swinton lives the embodiment of every new mother’s nightmare: she gives birth to a baby that never stops crying, who then becomes a sullen toddler and,… Continue reading

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Deep Water

BBBB.5 (out of 5) London’s Sunday Times came up with a brilliant publicity stunt in 1968 that captured the country’s imagination: a round-the-world cruise by a singly-manned sailboat that would take home a… Continue reading

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The Deep End

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Absolutely brilliant thriller that is the perfect showcase for the phenomenal talents of its star Tilda Swinton.  She plays a Navy housewife whose worries over her son’s recent car… Continue reading

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Thumbsucker

BB (out of 5) Unlikable, randomly plotted film based on the cult novel by Walter Kirn about a teenager (Lou Taylor Pucci) who continues to suck his thumb despite the fact that he’s… Continue reading

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Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing and sometimes shocking look at the love affair between sixties painter Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and petty thief George Dyer (Daniel Craig).  John Maybury, previously assistant to late… Continue reading

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Young Adam

BB (out of 5) L’Atalante, had it been directed by a manic depressive. Ewan McGregor plays an aspiring novelist and drifter who works on a river barge and has sexual desires for his boss’s… Continue reading

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Constantine

BBB (out of 5) John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a detective of the spirit world, roams the city looking for half-breed demons who break the rules of human interference and sends them back to… Continue reading

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Derek

BBBB (out of 5) The life and career of visionary British filmmaker Derek Jarman are analysed in this short but compact documentary, narrated by Tilda Swinton from a letter she wrote to him… Continue reading

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Only Lovers Left Alive

BBBB (out of 5) Jim Jarmusch laments the death of high culture with this deliciously funny foray into vampire fiction. Tom Hiddleston is an undead rocker who conceals himself from the fans he detests… Continue reading

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Adaptation.

BBBB (out of 5) For writer Charlie Kaufman, the line between reality and fiction is a blurry, obscure dream that often escapes his grasp; his contribution to Spike Jonze’s latest comedy demonstrates this… Continue reading

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Conceiving Ada

BB (out of 5) A computer scientist discovers the work of Ada Lovelace Byron (daughter of Lord Byron), who has been credited as having written the first computer language. The scientist develops a… Continue reading

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Teknolust

BB (out of 5) Lynn Hershman-Leeson continues the inanity of her previous technology-meets-feminism effort Conceiving Ada. In this one, the unstoppable Tilda Swinton plays not one but four parts. Her main character is a… Continue reading

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I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore)

BBBB (out of 5) Socialist propaganda is rarely this fun. Tilda Swinton is stunning as a Russian émigré living in Milan as the wife of an aristocratically wealthy fashion house. Her husband and son… Continue reading

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The Limits Of Control

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jim Jarmusch follows the success of Broken Flowers with a gorgeously photographed triptych into strangeness that doesn’t find the same success with its audience. Isaach De Bankolé is a… Continue reading

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Broken Flowers

BBBB (out of 5) Offbeat, dryly humorous tale in which Bill Murray is Lost In Translation-level good as an aging Don Juan (aptly named Don Johnson) whose latest girlfriend has just left him… Continue reading

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Caravaggio

BBB.5 (out of 5) One of Derek Jarman’s most enjoyable films is this deeply emotional, artistically rich exploration of the great Renaissance painter. Nigel Terry plays the wildly violent, passionate and emotional artist who is thrashing… Continue reading

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The Last Of England

BBBBB (out of 5) In the oeuvre of Derek Jarman’s experimental works, this fine work of art stands out as a masterpiece. It has no discernible plot, but is a collection of visually… Continue reading

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War Requiem

BBB (out of 5) Those familiar with and fond of Derek Jarman’s experimental style of filmmaking will want to check out this meditation on the horrors of war; everyone else is advised to… Continue reading

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Wittgenstein

BBB (out of 5) Derek Jarman’s second-to-last film is another film biography of a famous artist, this time focusing on the life and work of twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Told in a very… Continue reading

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Edward II

BB.5 (out of 5) Unique visual sumptuousness aside, this dry adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s popular play leaves a lot to be desired. Steven Waddington is excellent as the title character, a gay monarch of… Continue reading

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The Garden (1990)

BB.5 (out of 5) This confusing film is strictly for diehard fans of Derek Jarman.  Less a movie and more a moving artistic collage (like many of his films), it incorporates themes of… Continue reading

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The Statement

BBB (out of 5) Decades after having aided Nazi soldiers in murdering seven Jewish men during the Second World War, Michael Caine is on the run when a new Crimes Against Humanity law is… Continue reading

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Vanilla Sky

BB.5 (out of 5) Useless remake of Alejandro Amenabar’s terrifying Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes now has Tom Cruise as a rich and handsome young man whose face is disfigured after a jealous woman… Continue reading

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Orlando

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously adapting Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking fantasy novel, Sally Potter’s feature debut is a feast for all senses. Tilda Swinton, previously known mainly as Derek Jarman’s muse, deservedly broke into… Continue reading

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

BBBB (out of 5) Southern-style tall-tales, genuine romance and a rich sense of nostalgia permeate this highly engrossing, free adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. Benjamin Button (Brad… Continue reading

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Stephanie Daley

BBBB (out of 5) Tilda Swinton plays a forensic psychologist who is assigned the arduous task of assessing the mental competency of a teenager (Amber Tamblyn) on trial for the murder of her… Continue reading

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The Beach

BBB (out of 5) It has gorgeous cinematography of exotic locations and an excellent soundtrack; it also has a cast of sniveling teenagers who think that acting like hippies and smoking reefer on… Continue reading

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The Men Who Stare At Goats

BBB (out of 5) Grant Heslov’s humorous adaptation of Peter Straughan’s book is an unfortunate misfire, a brilliantly conceived and packaged film that never equals the sum of its parts. What’s a guy… Continue reading

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Michael Clayton

BBBB.5 (out of 5) George Clooney gives a masterful performance as a dirt-busting lawyer who is asked to reign in a top member of his firm’s legal council (Tom Wilkinson) who has been… Continue reading

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Moonrise Kingdom

BB.5 (out of 5) Wes Anderson creates another ode to the language of quirk with this disaffected tale of young love between pre-teens. A socially uncomfortable young man spending the summer with Anderson’s… Continue reading

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Burn After Reading

BBB (out of 5) After getting fired from a relatively low-level job at the CIA, irate former agent John Malkovich decides that the best plan of action is to write a tell-all memoir about… Continue reading

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The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

BB (out of 5) The Christians can go ahead and call Harry Potter Satanic if they want to, but I don’t remember any Hogwarts professors handing knives and swords to children. Considering it… Continue reading

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