in order from heavy to light.
And two whole cages, I know how you wanted it.
2022 directed by Alex Garland
the heroine of the film is Harper (Jesse Buckley), whose husband, an abuser and narcissist, having blamed his wife for his suicide, also did everything possible so that his downfall was before his eyes all his life.
Exhausted by all these emotions, Harper rents an old house in a secluded spot. the man who let the tenant in was behaving rather strangely, as were all the other people the woman would encounter in these places.
the fact that all these characters pressing her have only one face (Rory Kinnear’s face) will be noticed by the viewer, but not by Harper.
huge picturesque empty spaces around the house, the woods, the paths, the tunnels, the fields and gardens, how she liked them, until the first disgusting person appeared who scared her.
all of them will somehow drive her crazy, cause unwanted thoughts and associations, and the police, detaining one of them quite realistically, will not help her in any way.
we are quickly given the key to understanding who all these people are and why they are after the girl.
and the further away, the thicker the horror, accompanied by disgusting visualizations.
Garland made a strong movie, slow but not long.
Jessie Buckley is good, as always, and not always predictable.
I want to forget this revelry of abomination, but the feeling that it is superfluous does not appear. such a concept.
I don’t think the film exposes all men, as it might seem from the title, especially the Russians. it can be seen as a global confrontation and as a specific story, where specific people oppose each other, by gender, it happened. however, it is still foolish to neglect the statement of the situation that has existed for many centuries. and the fact that certain feminine functions are attributed to the masculine gender is not the case either.
2022 directed by Niklas Lindgren
minus 30, a deserted Finnish countryside, through which a minibus with corrupt Russian women circulates. something happens, the bus fills with black smoke, we don’t go any further.
Frozen fellow-travelers-colleagues knock on houses, but their appearance immediately identifies them and they are not allowed to enter anywhere.
Meanwhile, at the parsonage, Johanna, who has been a housekeeper-cook-cleaner for many years without any gratitude and official employment, is preparing a wedding for the local nobles. she is helped by her daughter Siiri, who was once born to a married man, which, so to speak, justifies disrespect for both of them.
Opening the door to the driver, the women decide to help – to wait for the absent Timo, who understands car repairs.
but when they see a crowd of girls, the doors are slammed shut, and after a brief fight between mother and daughter, he decides to take mercy on Frost.
but what to do when guests arrive here, the bus is not ready, but the whole district is aware of the girls on tour?
Yes, and help is needed, Johanna and her daughter don’t have time to do everything…
the girls are hiding in a barn that looks more like a comfortable bathhouse, but they stick out from all the cracks, and Johanna barely has time to slap them and push them into corners.
it is a simple comedy in which the characters will be placed in their places according to the meanness/virtue scale, and not at all in the way that is customary in the town. True, this will not make any real sense, but it will affect the microclimate in a single family, and one day it will be useful to undermine stereotypes.
they shot and played quite decently, the wedding, albeit hospitable, but boring, as it should be.
I note that Russian women show themselves quite well, despite their profession.
Finnish cinema can be like this: apparently simple, but in fact quite touching and funny.
2021 directed by Kevin Lewis
a stern, nameless cowboy (Nicolas Cage) on a desert road runs over metal nails with his wheels, and a savior immediately appears: a tow truck with a cheerful mechanic at the wheel. he charges a handsome sum for repairs, but Cage is out of cash and the ATMs in this desert don’t work. the way out is simple: pay off the debt by clearing the room with attractions overnight, which once served as the place for the birthday party and is now abandoned.
donning a T-shirt with the establishment’s logo and taking a sip of energy from a can, the hero grabs rags and brushes, sprays on cleaning products and gets down to business. and the attractions around him, fearful robots, gradually come to life.
at this time, local youths, including the bailiff’s adopted daughter, for some reason plan to burn down the establishment, but for some reason the bailiff is against it.
and the cowboy, on an alarm clock doing his t-shirt-drink-pinball ritual, methodically performs a sweep. without saying a word before, during and after.
Garbage black comedy: buckets of black blood, bags of puppet limbs, but not just black and not just puppets.
everything is charming, dynamic, musical.
a very caricatured Cage, dancing on the slot machine and never lost his head in the face of danger.
the historical confrontation between the inhabitants of the town and the dark entities that actually control it.
reception, when they negotiate with evil to avoid a greater evil – vital thing, is it necessary to do something about it?
Of course, there are many standard entries, but are there many new ones now? but they clearly parody stereotypes.
a hero without fear or reproach, who pauses at the hottest moment, as if he too were a cyborg in need of recharging, is by no means flawless and has an unrealistic tenacity. but very funny and archetypal.
The unbearable weight of great talent
The unbearable weight of massive talent
2022 directed by Tom Gormican
the real Cage in the role of himself receives a tempting offer: the role of master of ceremonies at a rich crime boss’s birthday party. Cage’s business is so bad that he has nothing to lose, and he flies to Mallorca to the taunts of his imaginary alter ego.
Billionaire Javi (Pedro Pascal) turns out to be his fan, and the two get along so well that having to cause him irreparable damage breaks the actor’s heart.
the CIA agents insisted on blackmailing Nick with something they couldn’t get away from.
and this pair of freshly baked heartfelt friends, pointing guns at each other, learn a lot of interesting things, but danger is even closer than they both expected.
dizzying adventures under acid, racing and hide and seek – all this is very funny and scary at the same time.
Pascal and Cage, curly-haired and sincere, dangerous with a scare, do their best very masterfully: “what, was it possible? Just to move?”
as the ex-wife of actor Sharon Horgan, whom I recently really liked on Almost Famous.
a very light-hearted comedy, especially aimed at connoisseurs of the protagonist’s film career, because there are a lot of references. but even without that, it’s worth a look.
ex from the other world
2020 Directed by Edward Hall
Charles Condomine (Dan Stevens), author of detective stories, has been in a creative stupor for several years.
he buried his first wife, who had a reckless accident, and now lives with a new one. Ruth (Isla Fisher) is a filmmaker’s daughter who can’t wait for Charlie to submit her movie script based on her book. but Charles is embarrassed to admit that the inspiration left him with his late wife: she dictated ideas and dialogue to him so creatively that he now cannot do even the primitive work of editing his book.
a medium has come to town, and the entire beau monde turns out for her performance, which ends in failure. despite the obvious faking of some abilities, the Condomine couple invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench) to perform a séance with them; you never know, maybe inspiration strikes, maybe friends just get distracted from the obvious failure of the homeowner.
it’s quite natural that something would go wrong again, and while Madame didn’t achieve her direct goal, some otherworldly phenomena did occur.
the first Madame Condomine (Leslie Mann) is firmly established in her old marital bedroom, on her ex-husband’s lap and driving his car.
a light comedy, apparently secondary in terms of setting, rather traditional, where there are many trivial twists, but towards the end of the plot, however, it goes its own way.
there aren’t particularly deep subtexts, but there are some amusing life patterns.
[спойлер]for example, how can two women in love with a man unworthy of their feelings punish him? united of course.
you can skip it or you can watch it, to relax: to the sounds of 1930s dance compositions, watching beauties in billowing clothes, striding on their heels across the lawn, smiling at their not-so-inoffensive scenery. oops, but this is a movie, this is a comedy. ..
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