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A few reviews
Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - 2009 - 2/10 or 9/10

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Long awaited sequel to Dancing Outlaw, which made an unlikely cult star out of Appalachian mountain man, tap steppin', Jesco White.
This time out, the whole clan is featured.
Cussing, fighting, breeding, shooting, stabbing, nudity - male and female.
Will thrill fans and horrify the unwary.
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Page Eight - 2011 - 6/10

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First part of espionage chessmatch.
Bill Nighy plays Johnny Worricker, career intelligence analyst.
His boss reminds him to focus on another “the usual classified report.”
One brief sentence on page eight reveals a hitherto hidden piece of rot.
Then all the pieces begin to shift, cover, blame.
Also with Michael Gambon, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis.
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Turks & Caicos - 2014 - 6/10

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Second part of Johnny Worricker spy chase.
More secrets begin to surface, making a fall guy essential and inevitable.
Worricker slips to the Caribbean isles of Turks & Caicos, encounters characters both shady and sinister.
As in the earlier film, very limited action, the plot comes through dialogue and observation.
Another powerhouse cast with Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Rupert Graves.
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Salting The Battlefield - 2014 - 6/10

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Finale of the Worricker espionage trilogy.
Nighy’s character continues to elude, while releasing “innocent” data to press outlets.
Shifting locations, replacement cellphones, and unlikely allies notwithstanding, the mesh tightens.
Omnipresent cameras and GPS tracking prove double edged. Stakes are career ending.
Great series for adults. Cynical, intelligent, sharp. Not one shooting or explosion through three films.
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I watched PAGE EIGHT on Netflix and enjoyed it.

I had no idea it was part of a trilogy?!?

Thanks for the heads up! Will try to track these two sequels down. Smile
"... let's go exploring!" -- CALVIN.
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I Used To Be Darker - 2013 - 6/10

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Indie fare, as Northern Irish runaway lass makes her way to aunt & uncle’s home in Baltimore.
The adults, both in late 40s, are splashing toward divorce.
Both were musicians when they were younger. One took the yoke of employment, the other still chases the muse.
Quiet slice film, as the runaway observes the rocky home she had hoped was sanctuary.
Slow, moody, though I did enjoy it.
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Inside Llewyn Davis - 2013 - 5/10

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Glorified indie film, overhyped because it hailed from the Coen Brothers.
Early 60s, third rate folkie specializes in depressing downers.
Career going nowhere, he bums from everyone, antagonizes colleagues.
Worse, he’s getting old.
The Coens made a spectacular error early on.
They put a pet - a family cat - in uncertain jeopardy, and left that plot point dangling.
Most of the film, I heard whispers around me, “What about the cat?” “Where’s the cat?” “That cat better be OK.”
People were so distracted they lost focus, and took everyone around them out of the film.
That, and characters kept referring to Grossman, whom anyone who knows a lick about folkie or 60s music assumes to be Albert Grossman, legendary manager. Wrong. So that pissed off know-it-alls.
Misfire. Doesn’t happen often with the Coens.
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The Borderlands - 2013 - 5/10

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Horror yarn using the found footage template.
Pair of church techs arrive at tiny parish to substantiate claims of paranormal activity.
Set up recording gear, motion capture triggers, etc ... Investigator priest soon shows.
Most claims are scams, trying to lure media, spike attendance.
First half sluggish, with unsympathetic characters (one being a prime twat).
Accelerates hard at the end.
All handheld. Expect out of focus, jerky pans, dim lit.
Never bought the doc angle for one minute.
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Hunky Dory - 2011 - 6/10

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Payback, I suppose, for subjecting my bride to weeks of NCAA basketball.

Minnie Driver as high school drama teacher in 1976 Wales.
Hounding her class to put on the big, end of year, musical show.
Part Glee, part Busby Berkeley “let’s put on a show!”
Scattershot view of pupils, though it does not suffer from the tokenism that plagues Glee.
Interesting mix of tunes, all circa 1976, preponderance of ELO and Bowie (ref title).
Not too schmaltzy, could sit through this without feeling restless.
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Austenland - 2013 - 6/10

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Payback continues.

Rom com finds crazed Jane Austen Yank buying a ticket to Regency theme park in England.
Hopes to meet a gentleman of quality.
The experience is based on ability to pay. She goes budget and gets treated accordingly.
Funny, predictable, often cringe worthy, satire of obsession and expectation.
Jane Seymour is the merciless and mercenary proprietress.
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