Pacific (G)Rim

Just watched what should have been a great film. Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro and featuring Idris Elba.

What a waste. Pseudo-dinosaurs boxing with gigantic humanoid robots. In an age of nuclear weapons, they prefer the left hook?! Cue macho male leads and a solo, subordinate, woman. Life’s too short. Very disappointing. Going back to Pan’s Labyrinth.

Posted in Films

The Straight Story

The Straight Story is one David Lynch film you may not have heard of. It is certainly unlike any other David Lynch film I have ever seen, ye for me it is his best. Quiet, quirky and yet strangely affecting and unforgettable.

Like 84 Charing Cross Road, it is based on a true story. In 1994, the 73 year-old Alvin Straight unable to drive a car due to poor eyesight, rode 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower, pulling a trailer! As he drives slowly along the highways of the Midwest, you get to see a finely painted image of the communities he passes through. A splendid, and unexpected, treat from David Lynch.

The leading actor Richard Farnsworth, a Hollywood stuntman for over sixty years, received an Oscar nomination for his role.

Posted in Films, Literature, London

84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road though relatively little known is minor masterpiece. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins are the two main characters in this film adaptation of the twenty-year correspondence between author, and avid reader, Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, from Marks & Co. a book seller in London’s West End.

I lent my copy to a friend recently. I think she sums it up well:

“I loved watching 84 Charing Cross Road. What an amazing film. And why had I not ever watched it before?

There is a site dedicated to the play and film here. A list of the books sought by Ms Hanff can even be found here. A cult film? Perhaps, if not I really feel it should be :)