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      22.05.2017 19:09

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      Mississippi Grind - a film I saw here

      The journey is the destination.

      Star – Ryan Reynolds
      Genre – Drama
      Run Time – 108 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – 2 Wins & 3 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.00 DVD £19.00 Blue Ray
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      At first sight this DVD has that look that it’s going to be a really cool conman flick with lots of twists, grifts and misdirection, Ryan Reynolds (the loud Canadian actor from the BT ads) and Ben Mendesohn dealt into the pack to rev it up some more. It turns out to be something very different.

      It’s from director Anna Boden and writer Ryan Fleck and best known for the film Half Nelson with the other Ryan, Gosling, and loosely based on the 1974 film California Split by Robert Altman. It’s a melancholic and earnest low budget indie with the buddy movie feel of The Sting and mystery of Hard Eight. It also a typical Ryan Reynolds movie, his personalized number plate all over this.



      ===Cast===

      • Ryan Reynolds as Curtis
      • Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry
      • Sienna Miller as Simone
      • Analeigh Tipton as Vanessa
      • Alfre Woodard as Sam
      • Jayson Warner Smith as Clifford
      • Robin Weigert as Dorothy
      • Marshall Chapman as Cherry
      • Jane McNeill as Kate
      • Indigo as Dora
      • James Toback as Tony Roundtree
      • Jason Shaffette as Chuck


      ===Plot===

      Compulsive gambler Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a frazzled looking guy from a life of throwing dice and tearing up track tickets and so skint again. At a local casino in Dubuque, Iowa, he meets confident and cocky Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a young drifter come gambler, whilst playing Texas hold 'em on a low stakes table. Curtis wins a decent hand against Gerry, they get chatting and buys Gerry a premium glass of Woodford reserve whisky, and so a friendship begins. Hours later, Gerry runs into Curtis playing darts at a bar and returns the favor buying him a drink. Curtis explains his luck at cards is because he is free and simply doesn't care about winning or losing and just likes to play with no emotional investment. The two get smashed talking nonsense and Gerry waking up on Curtis's couch.

      Gerry works in real state and not much good at that either and after another unsuccessful house showing the next morning. Gerry calls Curtis and they hit the dog track. They win big but Gerry is unwilling to walk away, and he quickly blows their winnings. They then drink in a bar and nearly get in a fight over a game of pool and then Gerry mugged in the carpark with a minor knife wound. Curtis later explains to Gerry that “Machu Picchu Time” is approaching, which is the phrase he uses whenever he leaves town, a drifter through-and-through.

      The next morning, Gerry meets a waitress called Sam (Alfre Woodard) in a restaurant, where she asks Gerry to repay her the money he owes. If he doesn’t she will call up her buddy to “pay [Gerry] a visit.” He needs money fast. The chance to get that money comes quickly as Curtis proposes a trip down the Mississippi River, where they will gamble at several major cities, and ultimately play at a poker game in New Orleans with a $25,000 buy-in. Curtis agrees to stake Gerry with $2,000 to build up to the 25k, provided that Gerry takes them with his car.

      On arrival in St. Louis they meet prostitutes Simone (Sienna Miller) and Vanessa (Analeigh Tipton), friends of Curtiss’s. Gerry wins some good hands on a riverboat casino and then loses the lot at the poker table when his full house is somehow beaten, blowing the $2,000. Gerry has to lie to Curtis, saying that he won $20,000 instead and is inspired to go to Little Rock to make amends with his ex-wife (Jane McNeill) and give her the money he owes. Curtis agrees to come along for the ride as the big game nears and their luck picks up.

      ===Results===

      Mississippi Grind is exactly that, a watchable but faintly baffling movie that, although well acted, has no real narrative and just ambles hopelessly along like Mississippi River and its two loser characters. It doesn’t seem to adhere to any conventional three-act screenplay structure and so could turn out to be anything. You stay with it expecting a big twist or two or maybe a big reveal or the double-cross sucker punch but it never really happens. All along you really don’t know what the film genre is going to turn out to be. Is it a conman film? Is Gerry the mark, is Curtiss the mark, or is Ryan Reynolds character the devil leading Ben Mendelssohn to his ultimate fete? Who knows.

      I do find Reynolds a bit much on screen and a one trick actor actor in that he is too good looking and so doesn’t work hard enough on screen to win you over. He just flashes those charming blue eyes and away he goes. ‘Hey, I’m a Hollywood A-Lister perfect looking guy with it all so deal with it’. I’m sure he is a nice guy in real life but comes across the same in all his movies, why I struggled with Deadpool. He only took the film Buried so he could appear in evey minute of the movie he is that vain.

      As I say the film is a real slow ride and never really adds up to something of note, a character study of men addicted to the freedom and fear of being single and alive the best description. Neither character really adds up to much though and you don’t care for them, where the movie falls down. You just can’t see these two guys being on the margins. Mendelsohn is good though and so worth watching for him alone. But as far as a film to catch to sit down to then a no for me and very much three out of five regular indie fayre. It’s gross of a paltry $130,876 proves no one sort it out or even promoted it.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.4/10.0 (12,348 votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 89% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 77% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3818238745?playlistId=tt2349144&ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===


      -Audio Commentary –

      Fleck and Boden talk about their movie


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Not that many

      -Premier-

      Apparently it had one.




      ===Critics===

      Guardian –‘It is a watchable if faintly baffling movie, never anything other than well acted, conspicuously without allegiance to any conventional three-act screenplay structure’.

      Independent –‘Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn floating down the Mississippi River to gamble and have fun. Should be entertaining, right? Well, it's more a grind than any kind of entertainment.

      The Mail –‘.a meandering road movie through the byways of American characters who populate the card rooms and dice tables and racetracks, and an oddball buddy movie built on a chance encounter and an instant kinship between two losers gambling their lives away.

      Livewire –‘A loose, funky character study of two guys who can only frame their station as "can't win" and "can't lose," and can't really imagine a life that's anywhere in between’.

      Daily Telegraph –‘From its unshowy script on down, Mississippi Grind is content to rumble along as a character piece, keeping its storytelling loose and unpredictable, like a repeat flick of the dice’.

      Little White Lies –‘The film earns major points for giving Ben Mendelsohn a proper, meaty character to tussle with, no longer psychotic second banana or madballs deus ex machina’.

      New Yorker –‘The actors flaunt craft, the script lays on the folksiness with a trowel, and scenes of local color seem to come straight from a guidebook’.
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      21.05.2017 21:00

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      Almost works..

      Star – Larry David
      Genre – Comedy
      Run Time – 93 minutes
      Certificate – 15
      Country – USA
      Awards – Wins & Nominations
      Amazon – £9.97 DVD £7.82 Blue Ray
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      I think it’s fair to say Woody Allen has passed his prime and fairly down hill since the 1990s, Bullets over Broadway (1994) and Mighty Aphrodite (1994) the last time I really enjoyed one of his films, about the time he started flirting with his adopted daughters and went all serious and reflective and melancholy with the realization he may well be a pedophile. Midnight in Paris (2011) was fairly enjoyable to be fair but I don’t really like his newer stuff, like Jasmine and Vicky, Christina, Barcelona. The four times Oscar winner has never turned up to accept one of those golden statues though and has still been nominated another 16 times on top of that lot. I can’t see him coming now.

      For the film Whatever Works he dusted off an old screenplay from the early 1970s that he'd originally written for the obscure actor Zero Mostel, shelved when the star died. Woody took the script off that shelf because he loves Larry David and one of the few comedians that make him laugh. He certainly makes me laugh and so with the star of Curb Your Enthusiasm in the movie I thought I would give Woody Allen one more go as he returns to that bitter and sardonic Manhattan Jewish humor territory that’s always funny with Allen.


      ===Cast===

      • Larry David as Boris Yelnikoff
      • Samantha Bee as Chess Mother
      • Ed Begley, Jr. as John Celestine
      • Adam Brooks as Mel Verne
      • Henry Cavill as Randy Lee James
      • Patricia Clarkson as Marietta Celestine
      • Jessica Hecht as Helena
      • Conleth Hill as Leo Brockman
      • Lyle Kanouse as Boris' Friend
      • Olek Krupa as Morgenstern
      • Carolyn McCormick as Jessica
      • Michael McKean as Joe
      • Christopher Evan Welch as Howard Cummings (née Kaminsky)
      • Evan Rachel Wood as Melody St. Ann Celestine

      ===Plot===


      Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) is a bitter and cynical retired Columbia professor in quantum mechanics and teaches kids chess in the village to make an idle buck in his plentiful spare time. Divorced, of course, he avoids human contact except with his friends Jo (Michael McKean), Mel (Adam Brooks) and Dom (Lyle Kanouse) and his students, of course, patronizing everyone else he meets for not being as clever him. With that obnoxious aloof personality he goes about his day being very rude and alienating.

      Boris comes home one night to find Melody (Evan Rachel Wood), a pretty but simpleminded 21-year-old Southern Belle, shivering on his Brooklyn doorstep. He reluctantly lets her in for a meal and soon she tells him her story. She was born to God-fearing parents in Mississippi and ran away from them pretty sharpish when of age. The one night stay turns into a week, Boris begrudgingly falling for her vulnerable charms, staying with him while she's looking for a job. Melody develops an unlikely crush on Boris despite the age chasm and their poles apart lifestyles but for Boris merely entertainment and someone else to mock.


      ===Quote===

      Boris Yellnikoff: The human race. They've had to install automatic toilets in public restrooms, because people can't be entrusted to flush a toilet.


      Melody finds a job as a dog walker whilst still living with Boris. Out on the job, she meets Perry Singleton (John Gallagher, Jr.) and they arrange a date. When she comes back home, she explains to Boris that she didn't like Perry because he ‘loved everything in the world too much’. Boris realizes there and then he loves her and they get married. But a year later her conservative mother Marietta (Patricia Clarkson) tracks Melody down, explaining that she and her husband John (Ed Begley, Jr.) thought their darling daughter had been kidnapped. She goes on to reveal hr husband has left her for another woman and sold the family house after he lost money in the stock market.

      When she meets Boris she is shocked by him, as you would, and passes out on Boris’s sofa. From there on in she tries to convince hr daughter to end her marriage to this horrible old man. When the three go for lunch at a restaurant mom meets Boris' friend, Leo (Conleth Hill) and the two click. As Marietta goes to use the restroom to freshen up, a handsome English man, Randy Lee James (Henry Cavill), inquires about the pretty girl at their table, Melody. Marietta slyly there and then decides to recruit him to end Mel’s marriage.




      ===Quote===
      Randy: I dreamt about you last night.

      Melodie St. Ann Celestine: Don't use that line, because Boris said he dreamt about me last night, and I really doubt that it's mathematically possible for me to be in two dreams at one time.


      ===Results===

      It’s Larry David the movie and not a lot more, a version of himself from that sitcom. If Larry didn’t marry Cheryl then he surly would have been this grumpy old man, the point. It’s funny in places and some of that familiar caustic Jewish humor makes you chuckle but not much of the new or, indeed. old Woody Allen vibe here. In fact this would make a great musical it’s that dated in places.

      Woody does not appear in the movie and has only been in 4 movies in the last ten years. Larry is left to do his thing and enjoys his first real movie as a star. An old Jewish man playing an old Jewish man is not a stretch for him. The writing feels like it’s from the 1970s and although a modern twist on it there is not enough developed characters for David to bounce off and generate real humor. The plot is very Woody Allen though in that a young woman is obtusely drawn to an old man in Brooklyn, the fantasy of film. We know Woody lives that world.

      It will appeal to Woody Allen fans but also those of the more intelligent and cerebral minded film fans. This movie does not treat its audience like idiots but certainly a film about them. To be honest it’s hard not to disagree with Boris Yelinikoff’s thoughts on life. As you get older and wiser young stupid people routinely annoy you as much as queuing for a drink at the bar on a Saturday night.

      Its $15milion budget did a useful $35 million back and can that number can be consider a big success as far as Allen’s movies go. He makes movies that he wants to make and if you are not on that level or humor stream then his movies aren’t for you, very much a 3 out of 5 for me.

      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.2/10.0 (61,243votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 49% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178663/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_11

      ===Special Features===


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Woody doesn’t do those.


      -Interviews: cast & crew-

      Woody doesn’t do those either



      ===Critics===

      Time Out –‘For all its wobbles, Whatever Works is rooted in an agreeable sensibility: life favors fate over luck more than we'd like to think, so grab whatever chances of happiness come your way’.

      Denver Post –‘After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms’.

      Detroit Works –‘The result is a witty, well-played work without an adequate center. If you can get past that, Whatever Works does’.

      Minneapolis Star –‘Whatever Works isn't topnotch Woody Allen, but it's still immensely funny’.

      Deadspin –‘There's just no real soul to Boris, no hint of the mania behind his crazed, neurotic worldview, no inherent and implied back-story that a skilled actor can provide. David is game and does his best, but let's call this what it is: Stunt casting’.

      The Mail -‘The heart of the film belongs to Wood, Clarkson and Begley Jr., and they provide the biggest laughs. Watching their Southern-charm slowly transformed (corrupted?) by the emotional/artistic/erotic flavours of New York City is a typical Allen-esque treat’.



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    • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R / Motorcycle / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Sportsbike. Japanese company product. With top speed of 190mph which is about 305km/h. It's single seat and for made for racing experience. A very balanced bike which i have experienced till now and smooth to ride.

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      20.05.2017 20:00
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      A great Alternative album. Horrible remaster.

      Nirvana's "Nevermind" is often considered to be the pinnacle of Alternative Rock music, I believe that's not the case. Of Course "Nevermind" is a solid, great even album but it has its faults. "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the record opener, its powerful drums (courtesy of Mr Grohl) soar through the air like a cannonball. The track itself is very catchy, thanks to Cobain's powerful screams in the chorus. The singles from the album are something that every rock music fan needs to hear, if they haven't already, that is (which is very, very unlikely). However, the rest of the songs isn't actually that good (apart from "Lounge Act"). The poppy aesthetics don't really work with the more punk-oriented songs and "Endless Nameless" is the single most annoying hidden track in recent rock history. The mixing of the original "Nevermind" was perfect but this edition is straight up garbage, the engineer just made all of the tracks a thousand times louder. Pity. This album definitely deserved a better remaster.

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    • Dunraven Windows / Other Service / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      19.05.2017 18:03
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      Disgusting!

      Avoid like the plague. My in-laws are stuck with a conservatory that they cannot use after 5 years of battling to get it completed. To name but a few problems with it: it leaks, the floor is not constructed properly and is cracked and damaged, the foundations were not dug anywhere near deep enough. An independent chartered surveyors report has said that it is not fit for purpose and is only suitable to be torn down. However in-laws are still battling to get the compensation they deserve after 5 years!! Dunraven not even willing to give them their money back. It's utterly disgusting that a company can get away with this in this day and age. AVOID!

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      19.05.2017 17:27

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      Theater v Cinema v DVD v Smart TV

      I stopped going to the cinema when they started charging £8.00, too much when you can watch the film online for free or a couple quid on DVD at your local library. But austerity has seen the end of public library rental and so down to getting an expensive movie channel or buying on DVD. I have settled for buying newish films online second hand, selling them on and hoping the value of watching the film covers the loss. But Smart HDTV is winning over the movie fan and cinema on the wane again.

      In recent years Netflix had been snubbed at the Cannes Film Festival for releasing the films they make on their streaming channel first without a cinema release, the same way they do their normal TV output. Cannes banned them from entering their competition as they say films that bypass the cinema ‘are not in the spirit of the competition’. But this year the ‘Meyerowitz Stories’, starring Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson, and ‘Okja’, a South Koran monster movie , have been submitted and accepted at the festival in consideration for the main competition categories. Amazon online films have also been allowed a total of five entries. Cannes are getting with the times as film once again moves away from the cinema, as it did in the 1970s and 80s with the arrival of VHS. But they had their moment of revenge and the projectionist showed Okja in the wrong ratio at the premier, much to the derision of the audience, spoiling director Bong Joon’s day.

      Cannes are not the only people to be blanking Netflix though, The BAFTAS also yet to award their steaming films and TV stuff that many gongs. You may have noticed that The Crown was snubbed this year, the BAFTAs preferring the politically correct gong for the drama Damilola and Happy Valley. In fact the BBC almost swept the board when its films and TV shows came up against steaming platform original productions, winning 19 of the 24 categories.

      If you look at the numbers of punters going to the cinema the multiplexes numbers were on the up until 2011 but the mass uptake of smart TVs because of the end of high street DVD rental means the bulk of people only now go to the cinema for the blockbuster experience and wait for the rest to come up on movie channels. You have to admit those Marvel and Star Wars films look even better on the big screen. Because of that the big studios concentrate on dumbing down summer blockbusters to appeal to both Indian kids in the slums and students on a night out in Wigan. You will see more and more Hollywood films featuring South East Asian stars. But that means less Hollywood studio cash spent on the mid range films and it’s all getting rather stale s far as film that makes you think, cry and dream.. You can tell that by the boring Oscar winners.

      Cinema attendance peaked in the UK in 1947 with an incredible 1.6 billion tickets bought annually and bottomed out in 1983 at 54 million, on overage one per person, per year by the time of Die Hard hit the big screen, and then crept up ever since but only enough to sustain the cinema experience here. The growth of car ownership got people to the cinemas over the last century but now it’s the cinema experience and the number of the multiplex’s that keeps them there, rather than the films. Over-priced 3D films, new technology and IMAX have also added to the profits. It’s similar to music’s conflicts with digital in that it’s all about how many options there are to buy it that keep you interested, and preferably buy it twice. The cinema, like the live gig, is the chance to escape the computer screen and a fun old fashioned night out. Three American cinema multiples account for 70% of screens here and so they are dominated by American film.

      For me the cinema experience will always be the best and even when you are a one of a handful watching the afternoon show, you still enjoy total escapism of going into the dark away from your boring life to enjoy the fantasy unfolding in secret before heading back out into the cold winter air through the depressing Exit sign. That green sign may as well read Life. But the joys and addictions of the internet, social media and home gaming and those TV HD screens means there are not many reason to go out anymore as it’s all their in the home. Beers is too expensive in the pubs and girls are all online now, street crime in our capitals on the up. You can’t smoke anywhere near the cinema and parking wardens lurking everywhere. Watching movies at home on your 40 inch HD is the best home movie viewing has ever been. Ok you get a bit of crackle on the noisy blockbusters but you do get immersed more and that infinite Marvel Universe looks fabulous in your living room. If the movie is slow you can freeze it and get a cuppa or and do some bits around the house and then dive back when you are ready, although lets be honest, there are very few films that grip us these days, Inception being the last one for me.

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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      19.05.2017 12:50
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      This was my first purchase from Ebuyer and recommended by a friend as a good reliable company.
      The order process went well with good communications and updates.
      My problems started when the delivery did not arrive on the notified day.
      After several phone calls and exchanged emails the delivery company admitted that the package was lost.
      After 5 weeks from ordering I received another replacement card from Ebuyer.

      My Ebuyer Customer Support agent Elizabeth was very helpful and although it took 5 weeks for a replacement.
      I do understand that when dealing with third party delivery companies its going to be very difficult to speed things up.
      Overall I think Ebuyer is what I was told a good reliable company, and my thanks go to Elisabeth for her help and courteous handling of this.
      Would I buy from Ebuyer again? Oh yes!

      Derek Frearson

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      19.05.2017 01:07
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      Highly recommended

      Straightforward pricing policy without gimmicks. Family run business who care about customer service. Use their own fitters who are careful and considerate

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    • Tesco Cloudy Lemonade / Soft Drink / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      'No added sugar' variety just isn't as good as the original with sugar.

      Tesco used to do this in 2 varieties 'No added sugar' and with sugar. With the introduction of the tax on sugary drinks they dropped the variety made with sugar, which I really loved mixed with orange juice. At about the same time they changed the sweetener in the 'No added sugar' variety from aspartame to sucralose. Initially I was fairly happy with the sucralose variety but gradually I have grown to dislike it. Sorry guys it just ain't as nice as sugar!

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      Short and bitterly sweet, but worth a play, if. Buy it cheap!

      This was an an early ps4 exclusive and did show some real promise, with an interesting steam punk gothic feel, and did almost stand out as a good game. Easy to pick up controls, fast paced action, and eciting set peices strung together fairly lineur based levels. The story line had enough to keep you interested, and you did feel for the characters, however with no multi player to keep you going back and a very short game life of 6-8hours its a short rump. I would add that you can pick it up for less that £15 now, so may be still be worth a play through.

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      A good step forward for Playstion controler design, and a nice new colour option!


      The classic Sony playstion controller has not really changed much since the ps2, but then it didn't really need to. With a slight tweak to the overall all size and shape of the controler for easy use with larger hands. The main difference comes with the addition of extra buttons, such as the touch pad, start/options button, light bar and head phone jack. Also there is a miniature speaker which most games make use of to give an extra audio effect. The only real floor with the controller is it's battery life witch gets heavy consumed by the light bar, however dimming the light bar in the menu options will extend battery life.

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      A good step forward for Playstion controler design, and a nice new colour option!

      The classic Sony playstion controller has not really changed much since the ps2, but then it didn't really need to. With a slight tweak to the overall all size and shape of the controler for easy use with larger hands. The main difference comes with the addition of extra buttons, such as the touch pad, start/options button, light bar and head phone jack. The other really floor with the controller is it's battery life witch gets heavy consumed by the light bar, however dimming the light bar in the menu options will extend battery life.

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      17.05.2017 21:37

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      Girlhood - a film I saw here

      Star – Karidja Toure
      Genre – World Cinema
      Run Time – 113 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – France
      Awards – 11 Wins & 21 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray
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      10 young black men have been shot and stabbed to death on the streets of London in the last two weeks. We presume they were killed by likewise. The reduction of stop and search for politically correct reasons has let the gangs take back the East and West London streets. The black and Asian communities rail against racial profiling for stop and search and won’t accept the police do it to stem the murders and street robberies. It’s the same in most world cities where there are marginalized black communities, Paris, the location for Girlhood, no different. But for white Britain and France it’s very much out of sight, out of mind.

      Girlhood is from white French female director Céline Sciamma', she of the rather good movies Water Lilly’s and Tomboy, like Girlhood, films about the fluidity of gender and sexual identity among girls during this formative period and a trilogy of sort in the directors mind. Considering those topics, as you would expect she is gay, and in a relationship with a younger actress she met on Water Lilly’s. Middle class people write and direct what they know but also how they think it should be for other people.

      Scimma’s motivation for Girlhood was seeing groups of black girls hanging out in the stations and shopping malls wearing black lather jackets underneath their almost comical hair extensions and wigs. For authenticity she cast actresses scouted on the same Paris streets and projects. The biggest snag in the movie was trying to secure the songs ‘Diamonds’ from Riahanna, who they begged and begged to use hr song. When Riahanna saw the final scene it was used for she loved it and said yes. It’s a beautiful scene and makes the movie.


      ===Cast===

      • Karidja Touré as Marieme / Vic
      • Assa Sylla as Lady
      • Lindsay Karamoh as Adiatou
      • Mariétou Touré as Fily
      • Idrissa Diabaté as Ismaël
      • Simina Soumare as Bébé
      • Cyril Mendy as Djibril
      • Djibril Gueye as Abou
      • Binta Diop as Asma
      • Chance N'Guessan as Mini
      • Rabah Nait Oufella as Kader
      • Damien Chapelle as Cédric
      • Nina Melo as Caidy
      • Elyes Sabyani as Abdel
      • Halem El Sabagh as Farida

      ===Plot===

      16-year-old African-French teenager Marieme (Karidja Touré) lives in a poor Paris suburb, rare beauty amongst ugly grey tower blocks and nagging poverty. At school she struggles, which forces her into a vocational track where she will learn a certain trade. Due to her mother's demanding work schedule as a cleaner, Marieme's abusive brother Djibril (Cyril Mendy) is in charge at the flat. On her way out of school on day, the day she found out about her sentence at vocational school, she is approached by a gang of girls, Lady (Assa Sylla) who is the leader, followers Fily (Marietou Toure) and Adiatou (Lindsay Karamoh), who ask Marieme if she wants to join them for a day trip to the city centre. They are sexy in macho gum chewing way and wear leather jackets, gold jewelry, and have pin straight hair wigs. Marieme initially declines but after seeing the girls approached by a group of boys, including her brother's friend, Ismael (Idrissa Diabate), whom she has a crush on, Marieme joins them.

      The girls fight, shoplift and intimidate others as the bond grows between the four over the coming weeks. Marieme begins to act and dress just like Lady, Adiatou and Fily. But they have rival groups they must front up to keep their status. After a good days stealing and threatening they treat themselves to a hotel room in the city, wearing their stolen dresses, drinking booze, doing soft drugs and having a boogie.

      Lady sets up a fight with a girl who is top dog of their rival group. Bad idea. She is not only beaten by the girl but humiliated as her shirt is torn off which is viewed as a disgrace on the block. Due to her loss, her father cuts all of her hair off and makes her keep her distance from the group. Marieme sees this is as her chance to prove herself to the gang.


      ===Results===

      I quite enjoyed this and not surprised it had early Oscar buzz. It’s one of those ethnic movies that don’t make the white audience feel too threatened by it because the poor remain in their box but enough hope and aspiration to suggest they can escape their poverty one day, what always gently lifts liberal guilt. Liberals are great at pleading with their governments to let in more asylum seekers and foreigners to make the right look guilty but not great at actually embracing them in their suburbs. A fifteen-year-old that turns out to be an olive skinned 30-year-old quickly drives down their house prices. We voted Brexit because the immigrants are always jammed into the poorer areas where work and housing is scarce in the voting demographic mostly like to vote Leave.

      It’s filmed with urban style and a sensual undertone that the girls, like the director, are considering their sexuality at a young confused age, macho tomboyism always betrayed as lesbianism in the movies. The films appeal is the rare moments of emancipating joy the girls find and experience in the ghetto, a ruthless place to churn out more people like this to make this happen all over again. The scene where the girls dance to Riahanna in the hotel room in their expensive stolen dresses is one of the most uplifting I have seen in the poverty porn genre.

      Subtitles not too bad and it’s well acted by the young kids and although the occasional flirting with ‘gangsta’ cliché on screen it has a rhythm and place of its own. It would actually make a good music the way West Side Story did. When you expect violence it doesn’t happen and when you expect that cliché it doesn’t happen either. I enjoyed that side of it to. The crime is there but it’s less a threat but treated more of a job to the almost likable inhabitants of the projects. There is humor and there is romance to but all the time you feel it’s about the look and heart of the film that is getting to you. You feel sorry for the girls but you also don’t blame them. The soundtrack is also spot-on and the opening scene of the girls playing American football to pumping Europop under the cool autumn night sky really grips you and a hint to this films potential and originality.






      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.9 /10.0 (5.305 votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 96 % critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi937668121?playlistId=tt3655522&ref_=tt_ov_vi
      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      New Statesman –‘The film is about Marieme, and what happens to her, and perhaps, too, it's about seeing life in the projects for what it is: a milieu of mingling stories, some happy, some sad, and all shot through with moments of joy’.

      Sight & Sound –‘This is no quietly incremental coming-of-age narrative, but a brash, at times distressing series of snapshots of the life of undereducated black working-class girls on the bottom rung of every social and economic ladder’.

      Daily Telegraph –‘I was somehow watching my own teenage struggles and triumphs play out on the screen. The fact I'm not - nor have ever been - French, female or black didn't seem to come into it’.

      Independent –‘Céline Sciamma's girl-gang movie is a disarming affair, a long way removed from the macho posturing of other French films set in the Banlieue, such as La Haine’.

      BBC Film –‘Symptomatic of the national picture, Girlhood is an unflinching portrait into the seething cauldron of interminable chaos created by the fractured social structures in contemporary Paris’

      SF Weekly –‘[Marieme] has a long road into the seemingly inescapable marginalization of poor young black women ahead of her. But Girlhood offers some hope that the fleeting moments remain’.

      The Mail –‘More in common with the French New Wave than Italian neorealist, this is a film that both celebrates and sheds tears over gangsta life. It is the French version of "New Jack City" in some ways’.

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