GOODBYE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is a beautiful, powerful, emotionally stirring movie. This movie is about the evil and senseless trauma of war, also about unintentional emotional child abuse which most of us suffer; one way or another.
On the surface, it’s the story of Christopher Robin Milne, his father AA Milne, and the creation of Winnie The Pooh… then the personal agonies that they faced as it spread to become a success across the entire world.
Not having ever read or heard the stories but aware of them from cultural legend, I was only aware that AA Milne named the boy in the books after his son and the boy’s toys, I knew nothing else about their story. That “not knowing” made the movie so much more powerful and that was also the audience that the script was crafted to impact the most.
This movie made me realise, after 55 years, that I never had bedtime stories read to me as a child. I now feel deprived! I also realised I never read them myself either. However, that never stopped me from eventually becoming the avid reader and writer that I now am. It was destined to happen, regardless of the choices of those around me, particularly during my own rough childhood.
There is even a scene that has a view I would describe as perfection… I could look at that view forever and be at peace.
With a free ticket to the local cinema about to expire, I found the only currently showing title of any interest to me was VICTORIA & ABDUL. I knew nothing about the movie other than the adds and my enjoyment of the TV series Victoria. I am so thankful I chose this movie.
The story is so beautifully crafted, the script played my emotions like a symphony through many waves of laughter, anger and tears. I was not alone with my tears as it seemed everyone in the cinema was moved by this gem of a movie … except for the old fool near me who was snoring during the most important part of the dialogue and his wife’s phone rang then as well … some people just have no dignity or consideration!
Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal were mesmerising. Stephen Frears’ direction is faultless. The other cast were amazing and included the final performance by the now late Tim Pigott-Smith who I first saw in the 1976 Doctor Who episodes The Masque Of Mandragora.
I loved this movie and I loved how it moved me.
10 Champagnes out of 10!
VICTORIA & ABDUL
VICTORIA: Series ONE & TWO
DOCTOR WHO: MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA
DOWNRIVER is a dark Aussie movie with a number of gay characters, but not what I would call a Gay movie otherwise. Not a movie that I will ever watch again or recommend to others as an enjoyable night’s viewing.
The cast were exceptional in their performances, but the story was slow, depressing and had some obvious holes. We need movies with some magic, some style instead of all this dark, brooding arty indulgence.
Sometimes writing and directing your own movie can be a risk because it can become self-indulgent and many of the checks and balances of bigger productions are not there, but then there are some crap Hollywood movies that should never have been funded as well. This movie was funded by a number of big Australian film finance groups and I question why they would finance a gay movie that is so dark and adds nothing to the GLBTIQ legacy. It must be about who you know. Dare I say it, my partner and I have recently written stories that would make far more engaging Aussie Gay movies but how the hell do we get from here to where they did to get the financing and get our stories out there to uplift many, many in our community and beyond, rather than this movie that uplifted no-one?
4 Champagnes out of 10.
ICE BLUES is the fourth and final movie in the series of Donald Strachey Mysteries.
This one is about the consequences of a missing $3M. An action packed mystery thriller kind of Gay thing with elegance, charm and humour. Oh, and martinis are still essential to the setting. Still has the same corny style of titles and music.
8 Martinis out of 10.
Teenage Kicks: The Scars Of Our Youth Shape The Adults We Become
Aussie gay movie from 2016 about two 17 year old mates with an underlying physical attraction. Daniel Webber (Home & Away/ 11.22.63) and hot Miles Szanto (Love My Way) own the screen alongside a skilled and perfectly directed Aussie cast.
Sexually and emotionally beautiful and violent with a strong dose of ‘real world’ truth that never goes for the easy way out or the happy-ever-after clichés. The emotions were so raw that I ended up angry about something and someone in my life not treating me with the respect and dignity I deserve.
Strangely, I had to get the DVD from Germany with all the text on the cover and the promo material contained inside written in German. The movie is in English with other language subtitles available … thankfully they didn’t do the usual annoying German habit of dubbing it into their language. I have since found it available from JB Hifi.
7 champagnes out of 10
We know the basic story from the news back in 2009 but this is the real people and the drama that made an experienced but humble pilot into an international hero. With Tom Hanks in the lead role and Clint Eastwood directing it was bound to be a quality movie. More than that, SULLY is an engaging and tense drama that made me angry at the ‘establishment’ for trying to ‘blame’ him for actually saving everyone’s life and doing what was previously impossible.
8 Champagnes out of 10!