I sat down to watch The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants a few days ago, not expecting much of it and fully intending to work on blog stuff while the film played. But it turned out to be a nice surprise… that even has a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! In the end, I forgot all about working on other things and concentrated fully on the film. Here’s what I thought.
I had not heard of Moonlight before it won the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture. At first, I was mostly just pleased that La La Land didn’t get the award – I really didn’t like that film – but then ended up watching the winning picture in a tiny independant cinema near my work. Afterwards, as I stepped out of the dark cinema and back into the beautiful streets of Paris, I realised that Moonlight very much deserved the Oscar – and, secondarily, a full review on my part.
Merci Patron (that can be translated as “Thanks, Boss”) is a French film that was released in February 2016. It was produced by François Ruffin, one of the founders of the Nuit Debout movement (translated as “Up All night”, “Standing Night” or “Rise up at night”, according to Wikipedia). I highly encourage you to read this article whether you are fundamentally interested in the social movement’s activities or not: I gave the film a chance and it was a very pleasant surprise!
Still Life is a British drama that was released in 2015. Written and produced by Uberto Pasolini, it stars Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt (aka Anna in Downton Abby!). It focuses on a meticulous middle aged man whose job is to organize funerals and cremations for the people who die alone in his area.