Colette – My Review

Posted: January 13, 2019 in -

J. Giambrone


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This true story excels, a period drama with a unique character whose life was unpredictable. Keira Knightly is radiant in portraying the most famous French female author.


Colette started off in a literature factory run by her husband Willy. Willy was the brand name to take credit for a stable of other writers’ output. Willy teeters at the edge of bankruptcy, mostly because of his extravagant indulgences, womanizing, and gambling, living the Paris high-life at the turn of the 20th Century.

When Willy prompts his young bride Colette to bang out a quick novel of her schoolgirl stories, purely for needed cash, she does. The prose is so dense and lacking in plot he balks. Eventually, when the men arrive to carry away his writing desk, he takes a second look at Colette’s manuscript. The pressure is on to edit it into something saleable.



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Gemini – My Review

Posted: January 13, 2019 in -

J. Giambrone

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A stylish crime drama with an anti-climactic finish.

This one should have hit it out of the park. It’s an L.A. movie-business story with a murder, very old Hollywood, classic setup. The lead actress is fine in this Hitchcock styled wrongfully accused plot.


But some issues creep in, mainly the one-dimensionality of the supporting characters, and even of the main characters. We don’t get much other than the current plot points. There are plenty of red herrings, but little elucidation.

The ending, though, is where the air leaks out. They could and should have delivered something from her character, but it winds up far more mundane than the preceding 80 minutes would lead one to assume. They didn’t place enough emphasis on the character’s journey, and she winds up going essentially nowhere. That seems to be the big flaw in Gemini. They forgot to finish the story.


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Mandy – My #Review

Posted: January 13, 2019 in -

J. Giambrone

Screen-Shot-2018-12-11-at-4.15.58-PM.pngOf course, you need more gonzo batshit Nick Cage in your life, or else why are you reading?

I have to say this is the most psychedelic movie I can remember. The visuals really kicked it up a notch. After a deliberately slow opening, the world becomes trance-like for the rest of the running time. The camera work is mind-bending, and the saturated colors are pushed to the breaking point. They really went all out on the atmospherics.


The director, Panos, came right out and said he doesn’t care so much about the story. He’s obsessed with the visuals. This pegs his first film, Beyond the Black Rainbow, too. The visuals draw you in, but the story could have used just that much more oomph. I like the guy. He’s great with visual trickery, a master, but simple stories aren’t as fulfilling as we expect.


So, it’s a revenge…

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