Daniel Parsons (danieljparsons)London, England
Daniel's Recent Reviews
Ordinary but well-intentioned and very well acted drama. The focus on a couple re-kindling their sex life after many years of marriage is unusual for a mainstream US product, though the plot turns are predictable and the outcome is sometimes ickily sentimental. Not awful.
Even better than "The Hunger Games", Francis Lawrence somehow makes for an inspired choice of director despite his haphazard CV. The political themes are brought to the fore and expanded from the book, and key to it all is Jennifer Lawrence's superlative performance which goes above anything expected or required to make this one of the very best films of 2013. Watch that final scene and tell me it didn't have you shaking with astonishment and anger as Katniss' realisation *finally* hits home. Fuck yes.
Daniel's Favorite Movies
Much imitated, never bettered horror classic. Polanski ratchets up the tension practically from the beginning and the story cleverly puts doubt in the viewer as to whether Rosemary is right to be paranoid or if she's just delusional (for instance, was the dream real or imagined?). Mia Farrow is inspired casting, giving a pitch-perfect perfomance and using her physicality to great effect (she seems to get paler and more fragile as the movie progresses). Little bit of trivia: Ira Levin, who wrote the book the film is based on, dedicated the sequel, Son of Rosemary (which was also made into an abysmal made-for-TV film) to Mia Farrow.
A beautifully shot film starring a beautiful quartet of friends, one of whom has terminal cancer, making the journey to said dying friend's most favourite place on Earth to spend one last get-together. Sounds horrible perhaps, but this is truly a stunning, moving, hilarious, wonderful film that has been imbedded in my brain since I saw it on a tiny screen in a near-empty theatre. It's a small film with modest aims that absolutely succeeds on numerous levels and is one of the few films I've watched that had me uncontrollably *sobbing*. You can perhaps tell where it is going but every now and then I found myself wrong-footed in surprising ways. The concluding 15 minutes are a genuine tour-de-force in acting, writing and direction as every possible thought that anyone in such a situation would have is verbalised. To elaborate more would be unfair. This little seen and critically ignored/maligned film is worthy of your time and I implore you to seek it out as this talented director and exceptionally talented cast deserve to go on to do more widely recognised work.