A monumental performance from F. Murray Abraham as washed-up composer Antonio Salieri, a man ravaged by jealousy and anger towards the gifted young Mozart. He is being torn apart by his own inadequacies. The period setting and costumes are spectacular and there’s plenty of Mozart’s music kicking about to help build the atmosphere.
“All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing… and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn’t want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?”
Interesting look into the world of street art and its increasing commercialisation. Not entirely sure whether it’s a real documentary or not, but I enjoyed it. The night shots of the artists out working on the streets were fun to watch and if you like complete imbeciles you’ll love Thierry Guetta, sorry I mean ‘Mister Brainwash’.
“Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless.”
I’m not sure whether George Clooney only ever plays smug characters, or whether George Clooney is so smug that when he acts it’s impossible to disguise it. It sounds harsh but generally I don’t enjoy watching him. Happily though his performance in Up In the Air is an exception. The film is funny, poignant and very well acted. Nice final scene too.
“All the things you probably hate about travelling -the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi- are warm reminders that I’m home”
Very impressive Australian gangster film. James Frecheville plays Josh Cody, a teenager who finds himself at a crossroads. Cody is caught between his criminal family and a detective (Guy Pearce) trying to get him on the right path, whilst taking down his family. There are a couple of blood chilling performances and you’re never sure where Cody’s allegiances lie as he plays both sides. Stylishly shot and directed, very well acted by a large ensemble cast and gripping to the last. Take a look at the trailer below, and get it on your watchlist.