14 May 2018
Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – I feel Pretty. Anyone who is not comfortable in the skin they are in should watch this film. It is an excellent portrayal of someone who strives to be more than she is without realising that what she is, is pretty wonderful already. Amy Schumer stars as Renee Bennett, a girl who is in a dead end job, and when she looks in the mirror sees someone, plain, overweight and pretty ordinary. Everything changes when an accident at a spin class causes her to believe she is a beautiful supermodel capable of turning heads as she walks down the street. Her new found confidence gives her the power to grab the life she has always wanted but is it all real? I defy anyone not to be moved by this film, it highlights the insecurities of not only characters like Renee but shows us that everyone suffers doubt and low self esteem, no matter what size or shape they are. A brilliant way to tackle this subject and well written. This film is a comedy but there weren’t any loud belly laughs, more a mirthy chuckle every now and then, I definitely want to see this again.
14 May 2018
First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Life of the party. Melissa McCarthy stars as a middle aged woman who gets the divorce bombshell dumped into her lap completely unexpected and having previously dropped out of college when she had become pregnant, decided to seize the moment and go back and graduate. I sat and watch this film in an audience of 99% women, and they screeched with laughter throughout. I’m not so sure……..true there were some humerous moments, and one actual laugh out loud, cringeworthy screamingly funny moment in the middle (this was the highlight of the whole film) I found that there was too much dialogue to make this a really funny film. Melissa McCarthy must have had a ton of lines to learn as she never seemed to stop talking, however she filled the role perfectly as she tried to fit in a world that was obviously younger and much more up to date than she was. Good for a watch, wouldn’t bother adding it to the DVD collection.
1 May 2018
Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Avengers: Infinity War. Never has there been such an assemblage of notables in one film, and never it seems has one film taken so much money at the box office in its first weekend. Let’s face it, this is not just one film”……it’s taken us ten years to get here, ten years of Marvel wowing us with good, not so good and fairly awesome film, ten years to introduce us to all their heroes and villains and I have to say, if you’re going to put them all in one film……this is surely the way to do it. Some of our early heroes are ageing but what’s a little make up between friends and well hey it blinkin works. This film is not a single story, it’s a gathering of many tales told in many different ways, with all paths heading on a collision course. I can’t tell anything of the plot without massive spoilers but what I can say is, it’s great meeting all the characters again, spending a couple of minutes fitting their individual pieces into one massive jigsaw as you remember what their role is in the story, and another thing, it made me want to go back and watch all the other films again. This is a film you’ll want to watch again and again I’m sure……..oh and people….it’s Marvel, stay until the end of the credits!!!!
23 April 2018
The Second Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This is a gripping story of one group of people on the Channel Island of Guernsey during the German occupation of world war 2. Sympathetically told, this story shares the horrors that this Island of people went through and how their compassion could lead to their downfall. Bringing together some wonderful actors, the film is set in 1946 with flashbacks to the war years. A writer called Juliet Ashton is drawn to the island by the chance encounter of a farmer and a book that once belonged to her. What follows is a tale of her struggle to discover their stories and the dilemma that faces her on whether to publish their very private experiences or not. It is also a story of love, and of survival. Beautifully shot with scenery well matched to the emotion, this film is a joy to watch. I haven’t read the book yet but I can’t wait to start.
23 April 2018
First film of choice at The Plaza Dorchester tonight – The Leisure Seeker. Yes, it was a slow film but it totally suited the subject and I feel provides food for thought. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland seemed an odd couple to put together, but this worked. A very credible southern accent and a non-stop chatter actually endeared me to Helen Mirren’s character, she has a lot to put up with but the deep seated love for her husband made her carry on and gave her that strength to provide the support for her confused spouse. Wonderful performances in this tender film about the pressures of ageing with an ailing body or an ailing mind. Donald Sutherland plays John who suffers from memory loss and most the time lives happily in a world of his own. Helen Mirren Is Ella who has a tumour and doesn’t want to go to treatment she’s been checked before. Unbeknownst to their children they then take off in their ancient Winnebago nicknamed The Leisure Seeker. Following the road south to the Florida Keys, they relive their lives through forgotten memories and new discoveries and both relearn and forget things. Many reviews have not been very good for this film, indeed one particular one stated ‘two great actors in dead-end roles. What I feel these people have failed to see that this is a story about how ordinary people deal with extraordinary things going on in their lives, it
doesn’t matter who the stars are, this can happen to anyone, who of us doesn’t know someone suffering with memory loss or terminal diseases. This film had moments of humour especially as we witness confusion experience by John as he repeatedly forgot where he was or who he was with. However, we shouldn’t feel guilty about laughing at such moments. Laughter can be a good remedy for the helplessness that must wash over you as you face such situations. A very moving and thought provoking film.
16 April 2018
Second fIlm of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Rampage. When man interferes with nature, it always goes wrong, you think people would learn but why do they have to when Dwayne Johnson is there to save the day!!! Inspired by a video game I’m not familiar with, Rampage is as corny as they come, yet with monsters as gargantuan to the species as Dwayne Johnson is to his, this film somehow works. A science experiment, in the eyes of many, has gone wrong, but in the greedy money grabbing eyes of the people who are in control of the scientists, everything is right on track to make their fortune. Throw the military into the mix and you have a typical Hollywood all action disaster film. Once again Chicago bears the brunt, and it’s such visual feast of varying shaped buildings, interspersed with bridges, waterways, a raised railway transit system and a huge lake next to it, it must be a movie makers delight to base it as the battlefield of all manner of horror/disaster/saving humanity stories, and I for one love seeing it used as a set for such film genres. This film will not win any best actor awards, but the special effects guys should get a look in. Moments of humour intersect all the dramatic action and it makes for a very enjoyable film.
16 April 2018
First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Peter Rabbit. A whimsical yet modern take on an old children’s favourite. James Corden providing the voice of Peter brings a whole new character to this mischievous young rabbit. This is a true family story with children young and not so young filling the cinema, and what a treat it was to hear everyone screaming with laughter at the slapstick humour. All our old favourites were included, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck as well as the core characters of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Benjamin Bunny. Beautifully filmed and exquisitely animated, when we bring human characteristics to animals you get real expressions on their faces which somehow fit. This film easily melded the country and the city life to one another and also cleverly reminded us of the original Peter Rabbit productions by animating the old illustrations. A lovely film, one to be enjoyed again and again, especially on a rainy Sunday afternoon with the children.