The Green Knight (2021)

The Green Knight
Director: David Lowery
Writer: David Lowery
Based on: the legend of Gawain
Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Erin Kellyman, Joel Edgerton
Seen on: 26.8.2021

Content Note: mention of rape

Plot:
Gawain (Dev Patel) likes to drink and sleep with Essel (Alicia Vikander), a sex worker in the local brothel. He does not like to take things seriously or to take on responsibility. His uncle the King (Sean Harris) and his Queen (Kate Dickie) see something more in him though, and his mother (Sarita Choudhury) also has plans for him. But on Christmas, Gawain’s reckless fashion leads him to accept a game from the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson) in probably the worst way – with long-reaching consequences.

The Green Knight is an intense film with absolutely stunning images that did get a little exhausting for me at times. But I’d still recommend it, especially on the big screen.

The poster showing Gawain (Dev Patel) wearing a golden crown, a dark look on his face.
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Boyz in the Wood (2019)

Boyz in the Wood (aka Get Duked!)
Director: Ninian Doff
Writer: Ninian Doff
Cast: Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, Lewis Gribben, Jonathan Aris, Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Brian Pettifer, Alice Lowe, Georgie Glen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2019
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Plot:
Ian (Samuel Bottomley) has signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh trek that leads through the wilderness of the highlands. He wants to pad his resume with the experience to better his college applications. With him are DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja), Dean (Rian Gordon), and Duncan (Lewis Gribben) whose motivation couldn’t be much more different: they were mostly forced to complete the trek to avoid juvie. What all four have in common is that they don’t have a clue about the outdoors. As they make their way across the highlands regardless, they realize that it’s not the camping that is the real danger. They are being hunted and it really is about all of their survival.

Boyz in the Wood is a fantastically fun film with a serious class critique at its heart. I felt absolutely energized when I left the cinema.

The film poster showing the heads of DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja), Dean (Rian Gordon), Ian (Samuel Bottomley) and Duncan (Lewis Gribben) mounted on a wall like hunting trophies.
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Tell It to the Bees (2018)

Tell It to the Bees
Director: Annabel Jankel
Writer: Henrietta Ashworth, Jessica Ashworth
Based on: Fiona Shaw‘s novel
Cast: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Gregor Selkirk, Lauren Lyle, Kate Dickie, Joanne Gallagher, Emun Elliott, Billy Boyd
Part of: Toronto International Film Festival
Seen on: 10.9.2018

Plot:
Jean (Anna Paquin) is a doctor who returns to her small hometown. She is slowly settling into her new role, when Lydia (Holliday Grainger) brings in her son Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) who was bullied. The two women instantly like each other. When Lydia, whose husband left her, can’t make rent anymore, she turns to Jean for help and Jean offers her and Charlie to stay with her, quickly deepening their friendship and turning it into something else.

Tell It to the Bees is a wonderful film with one big flaw: it shies away from the happy ending for its two protagonists. But other than that, it is simply lovely.

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Prevenge (2016)

Prevenge
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma WhelanKate DickieTom DavisJo HartleyKayvan NovakMike WozniakTom Meeten
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Ruth (Alice Lowe) is seven months pregnant and rather lonely. Also, of course, nervous. When the midwife (Jo Hartley) tells her that there’s no need to be nervous, the baby will let her know what she has to do, Ruth listens. And her baby does speak to her, telling her to kill. And Ruth listens to that as well, going on a rampage that should get finished before her baby is actually born.

I really loved Prevenge. It’s funny, cleverly and surprisingly understated, has a great concept and an excellent performance by Lowe in all the many jobs she did for the film.

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The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale aka The Witch
Director: Robert Eggers
Writer: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.4.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) and their children Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw), Mercy (Ellie Grainger), Jonas (Lucas Dawson) and the baby Samuel have come to the American colonies for a fresh start, hoping that they’d have more chances there than in the UK. In the first settlement, things don’t go as planned, so they move on and find a beautiful piece of land. But there is something in the woods next to the house. Something that drags off Samuel while Thomasin is supposed to watch him. Something that keeps the crops from growing. And the family starts to become more and more suspicious that witchcraft is involved – witchcraft that seems connected to Thomasin.

The VVitch is an atmospheric, tense film that manages to package an old story in old clothes and feel entirely fresh for it. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Prequel to: the Alien movies (kinda)
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Emun Elliott, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie

Plot:
After scientists find several unrelated cave paintings and murals that all depict the same star constellation, a mission is sent out to go to the planet and find out what’s there. And at first, the Promethes mission seems a full success – much to the joy to the scientist team of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green). But the android David (Michael Fassbender) seems to have his own mission.

This is a pretty, pretty movie with some pretty, pretty people in it. And the cast really does try their best. But all their talent and all the pretty in the world can’t make up for the sheer stupidity of this film.

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