All posts by Jack Shimells

Red Rocket Review

Throughout his career, Sean Baker’s output has focused on marginalised communities in a compassionate, humanistic, and frequently funny way. In Red Rocket he again takes his audience into the lives of those rarely seen on the big screen, this time in a comic drama that is as quietly moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny.

The film follows washed-up pornstar Mikey Saber (real surname Davies), played by Simon Rex in a revelatory performance, as he returns to Texas City following some difficulties in Los Angeles that have left him beaten and bruised. He arrives unannounced at his estranged wife and mother-in-law’s house expecting to stay over a few days while he gets back on his feet. Following a few attempts at getting a job, he winds up dealing drugs again for an old acquaintance. The rest of the film sees his attempts at building himself back up for a comeback while falling in love with a young girl called Strawberry working at a doughnut shop.

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Enduring Love Review

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan,  Enduring Love is an interesting and unusual piece. Whilst out walking in the countryside Joe (Daniel Craig) and Claire (Samantha Morton) spot a hot air balloon piloted by a grandfather and his young grandson. A potentially deadly accident unfolds, the balloon ejects the grandfather and leaves the young boy watching on helplessly from the basket.

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