Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Founder


In 'The Founder'Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, the founder of the McDonald's Corporation of family restaurants; yes, that is the 'golden arches' hamburger empire.

Keaton dominates the film from his days as a struggling but ambitious travelling salesman through to his evolution as a ruthless business tycoon. It is a fine performance.

A riveting depiction of super sized capitalism in action. You might need a large serve of fries with that.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Nocturnal Animals


A married woman reads the manuscript of a new book written by her former husband. This, essentially, is the setting for 'Nocturnal Animals' the new film from Tom Ford. Much of the film is occupied with a visual representation of the manuscript with the wife imagining her former husband as the book's lead character. Interspersed are moments from the woman's current and earlier life.

Unsurprisingly, visual images and colour motifs are strong points in fashion designer Ford's film. However I found much else to be perplexing in this somewhat 'Hitchcockian' styled movie.

(WARNING: Possible spoiler alerts. Is her current husband having an affair or not? Did she have an abortion and if so which of the men in her life was the father? Does the brief appearance of an adult daughter have anything to do with the plot?)

I like Amy Adams a lot but her performance here, all flicking of hair and distant, moody looks just seems a waste of talent to me. Michael Shannon makes his usual impression and provides the most striking performance in the movie.

If you are sensitive about nudity and/or images of people's toileting habits then you might want to give the film a miss.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

More from Comino, Malta

Comino; another of the Maltese islands. We spent several hours exploring the Blue Lagoon area of the island. Some photos follow.

Disembarking at the Blue Lagoon
On (very) dry land
Let's explore
Wandering and swimming
More wandering, more swimming and the island of Gozo in the background