La Pointe-Courte (1955)

In a small Mediterranean fishing village, the locals go about their daily business. There are shellfish to be caught, authorities to dodge, and a million day-to-day tasks to be completed. Against this backdrop, an unhappy young woman comes to visit her husband. He is a local who has returned after time away, she is from Paris, the locals regard them both as outsiders. The couple are having marital problems which they hash out via some lengthy, metaphysical conversations. Continue reading La Pointe-Courte (1955)

Antebellum (2020)

In the Civil War era American South, a group of slaves struggle to survive on a particularly brutal plantation. It’s one run by Confederate soldiers, to produce income and supplies for the troops, and their management makes Michael Fassbender’s in ’12 Years a Slave’ look positively sunny. As well as being repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted, these slaves are also condemned to silence. Continue reading Antebellum (2020)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

In the dying days of the Soviet empire, their boffins come up with a potential new superweapon; a revolutionary propulsion system that can render their submarines undetectable. The prototype is under the command of Marco Ramius, their most respected naval commander. But Ramius has a different plan; defect, and hand the sub over to the Americans. As the Russian and American fleets both try and track him down, Ramius has to use his wits to stay one step ahead; a high stakes poker game at sea. Continue reading The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer is a risk assessor who leads a careful life. He has just married his long-term sweetheart, bought his dream house, and is on his honeymoon in the tropics: life is good. Then he catches his wife in bed with a scuba instructor, and his circumspect existence gets turned on its head. On the rebound he hooks up with Polly Prince, a childhood friend who has grown into a commitment phobic misfit. Can this mismatched pair make it work? Continue reading Along Came Polly (2004)

3 Women (1977)

Pinky is a naive young woman who takes a job at an aged care facility. Showing her the ropes is Millie, a more worldly type that Pinky is instantly taken with. The older woman needs a roommate, and so they move in together. Pinky can now observe Millie as closely as she likes, and she tries to emulate her dress sense, mannerisms and interests; an unhealthy dynamic that Millie soon tires of. Continue reading 3 Women (1977)

Romancing the Stone (1984)

Joan Wilder is a successful romance novelist, and a hopeless romantic. She is also something of a nebbish. But when her sister gets mixed up with some bad people, she is forced out of her comfort zone on an impromptu rescue mission. Out of her depth, in Colombia, she runs into Jack T. Coulton, an adventurous type looking to make his fortune. He’s willing to help Joan, for a price. And the T? That stands for ‘trustworthy’, so you know there’s nothing to worry about. Continue reading Romancing the Stone (1984)