Crazy Rich Asians "is a gamechanger for Asian men" says my Chinese-Malay-Australian crazy rich friend who now lives in Singapore. A fairly conventional romcom, but with unnecessarily confusing family connections, it's pleasant if long, and the first 30mins should be much funnier.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) August 30, 2018
BlacKkKlansman the perfect antidote to Trump's twitter. Beautifully realised art direction in a woodland palette backdrops pathos, humour, horror and introspection. JD (Denzel's lad) Washington is a revelation, Laura Harrier almost steals it and the alien from Girls is good too.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) August 16, 2018
Mission: Impossible – Fallout has everything you want in an action:
💣Insane chase scenes
💣Unneccesary romantic subplot
💣Choppers, boats, fast cars
“I’m glad you saw that one without me,” remarked my better half.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) August 5, 2018
Some weeks ago I saw Ocean's 8 at the pictures but never got around to sending a Single-Tweet Reviews about it. I thoroughly enjoyed most of it, though I it coulda been heistier. I love that there was no tedious romantic subplot and James Corden's character was an Arsenal fan.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) August 6, 2018
Puzzle is a conventional tale beautifully told, each character seamlessly fitting together into a pulchritudinous mosaic of family life, feminism and new masculinity in the postish #metoo era. Text me, come over, let's do one together.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) June 10, 2018
The real tragedy of Chappaquiddick is Mary Jo Kopechne never got to be president.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) May 27, 2018
Though fairly conventional and familiar, Solo: A Star Wars Story is good clean fun. It might actually be my fave film from this megafranchise.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) May 26, 2018
So busy was I with weekend chicanery I forgot to tell you lot about Deadpool 2. Whatever you thought of the first installment you will think of the second.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) May 20, 2018
Just got outta the Saturday matinee of Avengers: Infinity War so I can only assume it must be Thursday.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) May 12, 2018
I bought the Breath bookiwook the same day as The Fountainhead. One of them affected me profoundly, the other inspired a well-meaning and eminently watchable film – surfporn is outstanding – that never quite gestated into the excellence it promises throughout.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) May 5, 2018
Ready Player One is a triumph of adaptation. Superb narrative choices arrogating a new tranche of 🎬, 🎼 + 🎮 references. Some of the more masterful exposition techniques from the 📚 are subbed out for convenience but it’s still a top notch 🎢, even for a filthy casual like ↖️.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) April 21, 2018
So much to love! An ecstasy of Anderson aesthetic, a collision of canine calamities, a fable of four-legged friendship, a jocoseness of Japanese hijinks. Some people have called it problematic but I thought it was brilliant.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) April 12, 2018
Plenty of times during The Death of Stalin I guffawed and pointed knowingly at the screen but it was just a little too clever for its own good. Trrrfffc performances all over red square!
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) April 8, 2018
Shhhhhh!!!! A Quiet Place is almost unbearable! Holy moly that was terrifying pitch perfect high concept horror in a bottle. Great autumnal feel w/ sylvan art direction and costume design. Loved it!
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) April 7, 2018
Love, Simon is very funny and only occasionally excrutiating and I’m sure it will make a lotta well-meaning straight people feel good about themselves.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) March 21, 2018
Expectations were highish b/c I grew up on The West v Russia gadget- and glamour-packed espionage thrillers of the 80s and 90s so that I was so intrigued and sated by the soaring Red Sparrow is a credit to a chicaning script, taut direction and saucy performances. Nasdarovje!
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) March 2, 2018
Bingo! Checkmate! The Nuts! Game Night is a jaw-hurtin LOL fest from first roll of the dice to last play of the tile. As much as I have laughed in a long time, twists and turns like Snakes + Ladders and some warping jump scares. I'm just as shocked as you.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) February 23, 2018
It’s goes without saying Black Panther is awesome entertainment, if a tad lacking in humour, which generally elevates the hot from the ho hum. Buried amongst the gripping set pieces and perfectly curated music is an urgent, piercing Obama v Trump allegory. Loved it.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) February 17, 2018
A delightfully funny vignette of burgeoning adulthood and its attendant calamities, Lady 💃🦅 Bird works as comedy, drama, romance and class parable. So many indelible scenes, so deeply personal, so thoroughly enjoyable.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) February 1, 2018
Phantom Thread is an extraordinary achievement in sartorial and comestible elegance. The most I have enjoyed a film in a long long time. It’s a comedy, by the way.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 26, 2018
The flop and turn in Molly’s Game are very encouraging, especially with the outstanding Jessica + Idris in the pocket, but the river felt like a bad beat. Still, it’s great to have Sorkin back at the table.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 26, 2018
I’ve seen some great ice skating films – Slap Shot, Mystery Alaska, Blades of Glory, Sudden Death, The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks – but none come close to the comedy-horror of I, Tonya. I, Impressed.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 25, 2018
Swinging Safari is a fondue of nostalgia for 70s Australian foodstuffs, gadgets, facial hair, sartorial effluence and defined gender roles. Occasionally funny and warm enough, it is surprisingly tame for a film romanticising pre-PC culture.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 21, 2018
The Shape Of Water is amazing and my Mum even liked it and she hates sci-fi slash fantasy.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 18, 2018
Darkest Hour is very good but b/c that scene on the train I hope it doesn’t win any Oscars.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 16, 2018
Whatever you thought of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 is what you will think of Pitch Perfect 3, taking into account that they are not really trying anymore.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 14, 2018
I’ve seen pretty much every modern film about print media + journalism, many very good, but none match the storytelling grandiosity nor capture the sheer effervescent excitement of the craft like The Post. Superb.
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 13, 2018
Holy kidnapping Gettyman! You’ve done it again Ridley! All The Money In The World is magnificent! Thrilling, emotionally thrusting, even at times humorous. Best film I’ve seen this year!
— Patrick Avenell (@Patrickavenell) January 12, 2018