A very English play, this one. Written by Sally Potter and unfolding in real time, more or less, The Party of the title is a celebratory dinner with friends held by an up-and-coming politician and her husband. Billed as both comedy and tragedy, it was the impressive cast that prompted me to give it a whirl.
I am so excited for Thor: Ragnarok I just can’t tell you. I enjoyed the first two Thor movies but both were very Earth-centric and that’s not what Thor is about. He’s a cosmic hero. He should be saving the universe, not the world. I’m hopeful that this movie will give us that. Also Chris Hemsworth has a real comic talent (did you see him in Ghostbusters?) and it looks like this film is taking advantage of that.
Russian history is not my best subject. I know about the revolution and a little about the events that followed but virtually nothing after 1945. So the historical inaccuracies in this won’t bother me.
According to my favourite reviewer, Mark Kermode, Geostorm “takes stupid to a whole new level. You can feel any sense of intelligence you have sort of seeping out of your ears as your eyes roll backwards and you think…this whole thing is one gargantuan joke.”
Oh, boy, I can’t wait!
Goddammit, Metal, did you have to break your winning streak like that! Why?
And the rest of this week’s list: Batwoman battles Scarecrow, Aquaman rediscovers the hero within I hadn’t noticed he had lost and Champions battle weirdness from outer space.
Lots of snow movies lately! The latest is The Snowman, based on the Jo Nesbo thriller. I have enough experience with “Scandi Noir” that I read the book first, to be sure there isn’t anything in it that would put me off seeing the film. The book is truly awful. Possibly this is partially due to translation, but it was the structure that really turned me off: rambling and non-linear. It also has a thread of misogyny i find hard to stomach. But bad books have been turned into good films before. The director, Tomas Alfredson, also made Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Let Me In, both of which I enjoyed.
Three new titles this week: a surprisingly philosophical Detective Comics, part three of Dark Nights: Metal, and Wonder Woman.
If you’re a sci-fi fan, saying you don’t like Blade Runner is a bit like being a geologist who believes the earth is flat. But nevertheless, I’m not a big fan of Blade Runner. Maybe it’s because there are so many different cuts. Maybe it’s because all the female characters are essentially sex toys. Or maybe I just don’t get it. I dutifully re- watched it (two different cuts!) to prep for the sequel and I still find the misogyny and inconsistencies too irritating to really enjoy it. But I’m headed to the sequel because I love Denis Villeneuve’s work, and the cast here is amazing. If nothing else, it should be beautiful to watch.
Kate Winslet and Iris Elba versus snow. How could I possibly resist? Two weeks ago I reviewed Wind River, another snow-bound thriller with stars I love, though with a very different tone to it. How will this one measure up?
Only one comic for me this week: the latest Metal from DC. And it’s oh, so scary!