FUSE movie picks Sep/Oct 2017
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
OPENS 31 AUGUST 2017
Comparisons are odious, but when it comes to movies, they are often inevitable. So it is that this film has been favourably called the 'British Brokeback Mountain'...
but Francis Lee's directorial debut is its own beautiful tale of rural-set love between men. Yorkshireman Johnny (Josh O'Connor) numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of Romanian migrant worker, Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), ignites an intense relationship. In what is proving to be a bumper year for queer film (beginning with Moonlight's Oscar win), God's Own Country is one of the best.
THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES
OPENS 28 SEPTEMBER 2017
Some 40-odd years before John McEnroe dissed Serena Williams (suggesting she'd only be ranked 700 in the men's game!), another male tennis player ridiculed his female counterparts. In 1973, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), a past-his-prime player, hustler and chauvinist, challenged world number one women's player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), to the titular showdown. King accepted. The rest is tennis history. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (of Little Miss Sunshine fame), The Battle of the Sexes is a comic-drama that aces its period detail and feminist credentials.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
OPENS 12 OCTOBER 2017
Starring Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Idris Elba (TV's Luther), there's something for all persuasions in The Mountain Between Us although those hoping for romance (or adult situations) will be disappointed on that front. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), and adapted from a Charles Martin novel, this is a survival drama which sees two strangers forced to work together against the elements after their charter plane crashes in the mountains. Here's hoping that unlike in The Grey (2011), nobody gets eaten by wolves, or, worse still, nobody turns to cannibalism (as they did in 1993's Alive).
OPENS 26 OCTOBER 2017
After flirting with DC in 2011 (opposite Ryan Reynolds in the ill-fated Green Lantern), writer-director Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) has now been handed the keys to the Marvel universe; helming the third solo outing for Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian demigod, Thor. Both Thor and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have had makeovers for this space-bound adventure which sees them taking on the Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett, looking like she's having a blast). Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston are also along for what promises to be a fun ride.
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Movie reviewed for FUSE by Dwayne Lennox thelennoxfiles.blogspot.com.au