Jimi: All Is By My Side 4 stars. Great portrayal of Jimi by the lead made this film. Also an accurate depiction of the times. The role of women – discovering his talent then supporting him (despite his behaviour) featured strongly. Loved the clothes – swinging sixties in London. A hard hitting vignette about police harassment on the streets a reminder of the buttoned up society young people were rebelling against. Really enjoyable.
Listen Up Philip 2 stars. What a creep! Spent time wondering who the main character was meant to be – Philip Roth? And his former literary lion mate – Norman Mailer? Both creeps. A voice-over explained things for the audience. Usually a sign of lazy film-making but maybe required in this instance. I enjoyed Elizabeth Moss as the long suffering girl-friend, but she should have ditched him earlier.
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? 3 stars. Dense but accessible exploration of Chomsky’s role in transforming the study of linguistics. I thought the animation was going to be distracting but it wasn’t. Helped convey really complex ideas. Well done.
The Skeleton Twins 3 stars. Sweet portrayal of siblings. They’re both dealing with demons – not fully explained which undermined the emotional I act. But all the actors were great.