JOHN GASCOIGNE

Writer & Musician

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Movie Diary 27/4/17

Movie Diary 27/4/17

Power Rangers (2017) – With an off-colour joke about milking a bull, the filmmakers signal a sense of humour about what they're doing; a bruising car chase, captured in a spinning single shot, signals that they're as interested in their teen protagonists' lives as in...

Wet

Wet

Moisture gets in everything: the bricks nearest the ground store it up, thirsty shapes, like the chalk that drinks blue dye to make a scientist's point. The garage wall glares at me, property that continues to do its work, for now, even as it courts its dissolution....

Movie Diary 14/3/17

Movie Diary 14/3/17

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) – The movie's weaknesses are obvious: Martin Sheen's narration frequently belabours points already made by the images; the black soldiers are, predictably, the first to die; and Coppola never tops the "Ride of the Valkyries" sequence an...

Movie Diary 6/2/17

Movie Diary 6/2/17

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) – The wealthy person who employs a coterie of hangers-on to prop up their illusions is a familiar figure in film: what's novel about Stephen Frears' movie is that it presents these relationships as loving rather than parasitical. Like...

Movie Diary 28/11/16

Movie Diary 28/11/16

Arrival (2016) – Like The Martian, this concentrates on process – it's about the effort to understand the language of a recently arrived race of aliens – but it has the sense of mystery and grandeur that Ridley Scott's movie lacked. Often the process is not very clear...

Movie Diary 1/11/16

Movie Diary 1/11/16

45 Years (2015) – Like François Ozon's Under the Sand, this is a gay director's tribute to a great actress; like Ozon, Andrew Haigh is fascinated with Charlotte Rampling's economy, her reserve, her face. The camera looks on as Rampling's character tries to process her...

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