January 3

5-question film review: Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

Why did you go see this film?

I like Leonard Cohen as a writer and knew Marianne was a significant muse of his.

What was the best thing about it?

Getting to know Marianne. As a muse it’s difficult to have a profile outside of how an artist portrays you. It helps that the documentarian, Nick Broomfield, was also her former lover so he has a lot of decent footage of her and has a different relationship to her, which he portrays. There were also good interviews that gave context for the period and place (Hydra in the Greek Islands).

What was the worst thing about it?

In the last third it meanders a little into just being about Cohen rather than the effect of their relationship on his work. Would’ve preferred a tighter focus on them and their effect on each other. (It does circle back to her, however.) Also: poor Axel!

Who would you recommend go see it?

Leonard Cohen fans plus anyone interested in seeing an example of an artist-muse relationship.

If this film was a piece of clothing, what would it be?

A sarong that floats carefree on an island breeze or can be wrapped like a scarf, protective.

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January 1

5-question film review: Frozen 2

Why did you go see this film?

  1. I have two young nieces (3yo and 4yo) who are Frozen-philes.
  2. I saw the first one and quite liked it. I couldn’t make head or tail of the trailer for this film so nothing for it, let’s watch it.
  3. I heard it was actually pretty good.

What was the best thing about it?

Some really lovely world-building. Even though this is an Elsa and Ana film, Olaf is probably the most valuable player in terms of the funniest moments as well as the most emotional beats. Kristoff’s solo song was really well executed.

What was the worst thing about it?

The songs were really not on par with the first film. I spent most of this film also wondering whether the characters were cold because they really do not wear enough clothing for winter in the far north.

Who would you recommend go see it?

Frozen-philes definitely as well as Disney fans. Anyone looking to entertain a bunch of young nieces for 90 minutes.

If this film was a type of food, what would it be?

Frozen yoghurt. Not as rich or delicious as ice cream but somewhat more complex and palatable anyway.

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January 1

5-question film review: Jojo Rabbit

Why did you go see this film?

I like Taika Waititi’s work, plus I really wanted to see how he would deconstruct the Nazi setting to make it a comedy.

What was the best thing about it?

Really excellent key scenes (dynamite grab, Jojo meeting Elsa, butterfly chase) with well-timed breadcrumbs leading up to them. Genuinely funny jokes and performances. Sam Rockwell had fun.

And truth bombs all way: “You’re not a Nazi, Jojo. You’re a ten-year-old kid who likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club.”

What was the worst thing about it?

Rebel Wilson. While Waititi’s imaginary Hitler was necessarily manic, I thought Wilson’s Fraulein Rahm was overdone. To be fair she was probably hired to do that, it was just too much for the material given.

Who would you recommend go see it?

People sick of largescale war movies. This one’s small and focused and funny. If you like Waititi’s work such as Boy, which is touted as a comedy but has hard-hitting dramatic moments, then you’ll appreciate this.

If this film was a type of food, what would it be?

A pretzel. Funny-looking, ostensibly German but quite chewy in the middle.

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