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Annette (2021)

Duration 2h 21m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16  Source of story Rock opera developed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael Director Leos Carax Writers/Script Ron Mael, Russell Mael (known as Sparks) Starring Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg Ratings IMDb: 6.4 by 64,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 70% by 209 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: A shock … Continue reading

The Square (2017)

Duration 2h 31m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R,   Source of story An original screenplay – or is it an artwork? Director Ruben Östlund Writers/Script Ruben Östlund Starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary,  Ratings IMDb: 7.2 by 57,744 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 85% by 215 reviewers.. Elevator Pitch: Christian, the curator of a Swedish … Continue reading

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Duration 1h 52m Ratings UK: 15, USA:  Source of story A novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver Director Lynne Ramsay Writers/Script Lynne Ramsay, Rory Stewart Kinnear Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller,  Ratings IMDb: 7.5 by 136,953 people. Rotten Tomatoes: Elevator Pitch: We meet Eva Khatchadourian as she leaved her house … Continue reading

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Steven Soderbergh Writers/Script Steven Soderbergh Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo Elevator Pitch: Ann Mullany is a young married woman in therapy, where she discusses her perception of the world with her therapist. Meanwhile her husband John is … Continue reading

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth Director Desiree Akhavan Writers/Script Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Emily Skeggs, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle Elevator Pitch: Having been discovered having sex with a friend, Cameron … Continue reading

Loro (2019 in UK)

Duration 2h 31m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay inspired by politics in Italy in recent years Director Paolo Sorrentino Writers/Script Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino Starring Toni Servgillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Euridice Axen Elevator Pitch: A local fixer in Italy, who uses prostitutes to influence those capable of … Continue reading

The Sisters Brothers (2019 in UK)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Patrick DeWitt Director Jacques Audiard Writers/Script Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain Starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Elevator Pitch: In 1851 Oregon a gold rush is on, and the Commodore has hired a detective … Continue reading

First Reformed (2018 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch. Ernst Toller is the pastor of a small church in upstate New York with a congregation of about five, but with support from a popular church up the road, and money from a conglomorate which is polluting the planet. His son has been killed in Afghanistan and his wife has left him, and … Continue reading

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director David Lowery Writers/Script David Lowery Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine Elevator Pitch When a couple are chased down by the police after taking part in a robbery in Texas, the female shoots and wounds a policeman for which … Continue reading

Disobedience (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman Writers/Script Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Additional Info No-one is saying what sort of a Jewish community this is, but more than 20,000 Haradi Jews live in an enclosed community in Stamford Hill, London. Director Sebastián Lelio Starring … Continue reading

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Peter Turner Writers/Script Matt Greenhalgh Additional Info The book was first optioned many years ago and is only the third non-Bond film made by Eon Productions. It bombed at the box office, but I expect they can afford it. … Continue reading

PHANTOM THREAD (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson (apparently with input from Daniel Day-Lewis) Additional Info In my occasional feature of cars in films, the car featured in this film is a Bristol 404, a good choice I thought, since they were very expensive and not very … Continue reading

A Ghost Story (2017)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script David Lowery Additional Info I saw this at a screen in Madrid in English with Spanish subtitles. While waiting outside I watched the other dozen or so people leave with bemused expressions on their faces. Director David Lowery Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney … Continue reading

Cheap Thrills (2013)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) 15 (Really!) Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga Director E.L.Katz Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner Elevator Pitch Two friends on the verge of desitution meet a couple apparently with unlimited money, and the man with the cash offers them rewards … Continue reading

Lady Macbeth (2017)

Released 2017 Rating (UK) Source of story A novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov written in 1865 (with modifications) Writer/s Script Alice Birch Director William Oldroyd Starring Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackle Elevator Pitch A colliery owner in 1860s Northern England buys a young woman as a wife … Continue reading

Paterson

Released 2016 Rating 15 in UK (Why?) Director Jim Jarmusch Writer/s Jim Jarmusch Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Rizwan Manji, Barry Shabaka Henley Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A week passes in the life of a bus driver and his wife. He gets up and on getting into his bus writes poetry … Continue reading

Under the Skin

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK, R in USA Director Jonathan Glazer Writer/s Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer Starring Scarlett Johansson Source of story A book by Michael Faber Elevator Pitch An alien in the form of an attractive woman drives around Glasgow in a white van, picking up stray men and taking them to her … Continue reading

The Tree of Life

Released 2011 Rating 12A in UK Director Terence Malick Writer/s Terence Malick Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn,   Jessica Chastain Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A journey in fantasy of a family in Texas in the 1950s Content Lots of obscure scenes, apparently with little connection one to another, including at one … Continue reading

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Released 2014 Rating 15 in UK Director Ana Lily Amirpour Writer/s Ana Lily Amirpour Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch The inhabitants of a desolate and lawless middle eastern town are stalked by a female vampire. Content Lots of brooding silences and people looking at each … Continue reading

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