This is my once a month ‘Sofa Cinema’ post. It’s about the films I’ve watched in the last month. No great analysis and not very ‘high brow’. I’m drawn to the ‘low budget’ ‘British film’ and ‘world cinema’, so this isn’t a review of films from the multiplex. I rarely get out to the cinema and these are all films I’ve watched on DVD from my sofa over the last month. I love comments, but I particularly love the recommendations/views I get on this post, so please feel free to add a comment with something you’ve seen and thought was good or a view on any of these films.
This month Mr Noo and I have watched;
The Godfather 2
Last month we watched The Godfather.
This follow up starts in Italy by revisiting what brought Vito Corleone (Marlone Brandon’s character) to America. I loved the epic crowd scene as he arrives at immigration in New York; hundreds of people representing global nationalities all jostling for a place in America.
The film to moves to a party for Michael’s (now the ‘Godfather’ following the death of his father) son’s confirmation and having seen the films in quick succession there is a clear contrast between the confirmation and the wedding at the beginning of The Godfather. At the wedding Michael has reluctantly returned to his family and resists the expectations placed on him. In this film Michael is now firmly ‘head’ of the family. The film moves between young Vito’s (played by Robert De Nero) life and provides background to how he built his empire and how Michael now manages his role and family and the ‘power’ he has inherited. It left me thinking about the contrast in characters and relationships. The saga continues, I loved it. Bring on the final part in the Trilogy.
Scouting Book for boys
I no knowledge of this British film before I watched it. “I think it’s fairly light” I assured Mr Noo. It opened to scenes of two teenagers enjoying summer in a caravan park in Norfolk. The innocence and joys of youth, laughter and long days. Emily and David the main characters both live at the caravan site, both have dysfunctional families which afford them freedom and time together and they become like sister and brother. David awkward while Emily is sure and confident. Circumstances change and as a consequence Emily makes a decision leaving David caught in the middle. Things begin to both unravel and spiral out of control. OK, it wasn’t ‘light’ at all. Mr Noo was really bothered by it the following day. However, the acting is excellent and I think that it had such an impact reflects well on the film.
Peruvian film with subtitles, it won the audience award at the 2010 Sundance film festival. Sundance is an “internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide” and has an annual film festival aside from the work it does in encouraging film making. A Sundance award very much equals a good film in my experience.
Undertow is set in a fishing village in Peru and it has a gentle pace. It’s about deep love and loss between two men, one of whom is a pillar of his small community and is living a lie. There is fantasy element and wonderful characters who I absolutely warmed to. Beautiful scenes of coastal life, beaches and under water swimming. It’s wonderful and emotional and both Mr Noo and I ended the film in tears. Thoroughly recommended.
The Kids are All Right
Just out on DVD, stars Julia Anne Moore and Annette Bening as a couple who have two children by the same sperm donor. The daughter turns 18 and encouraged by her younger (15 year old) brother, tracks down the man who provided the sperm. The siblings meet Mark, played by Mark Ruffalo, initially secretly for fear of upsetting their ‘moms’. It’s set in sunny California; wonderful houses, great lifestyles and really likable characters. The beginning is gentle and funny, the story then develops around the impact of the new relationships and how this affects the family and Mark. I loved Mark’s character and Mark Ruffalo is my new crush. My film of the month.