FUSE movie picks Sep/Oct 2018
OPENS 23 AUGUST
While the Fifty Shades phenomenon may have cum, sorry, come and gone, this comedy wrings more than a few laughs from that book’s erotic reputation...
When a group of lifelong friends choose the erotic fiction as their next book club assignment, the women see an uptick in their sexual desires and adventurousness. The kind of cheeky comedy the Brits do effortlessly, this US film may not be bawdy but it’s good to see such wonderful actresses as Keaton, Fonda, Steenburgen and Bergen (soon to return to our TV’s as the iconic Murphy Brown) not only on screen together but depicting female characters enjoying sex after 60. One to take your mum to... or, maybe not!
OPENS 13 SEPTEMBER
Probably not the best viewing choice for parents already paranoid about the evils of social media, first-time filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty’s thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat; an impressive feat given the film’s high concept which sees all of the action depicted via the screens of devices such as laptops and smartphones. When single dad David Kim (Star Trek’s John Cho) realises his teenage daughter is missing, he delves into her online life to find clues to her possible whereabouts, only to discover he may not know as much about his daughter as he thought. Searching is a clever and inventive thriller well worth logging in to.
MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART
OPENS 27 SEPTEMBER
Long before he found fame on the big screen as Magneto in the X-Men and Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ian McKellen was a respected actor with a distinguished stage career. That he was gay wasn’t really an issue until Hollywood came calling following his first Oscar nomination for 1998’s Gods and Monsters. In this highly engaging documentary, McKellen discusses his life — from childhood in an English mining town to the London stage to the big screen — in a warm, conversational style; discussing his career and his late-in-life LGBTIQ activism, but sadly, with no gossip about his many co-stars or any in-depth exploration of his private life.
OPENS 11 OCTOBER
First Man recounts the decade-long lead-up to humankind first walking on the moon in 1969, as seen through the eyes of that mission’s leader: Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). Claire Foy (from Netflix’s The Crown) plays Armstrong’s wife, Janet, in what is an otherwise male-heavy cast, including Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Ciaran Hinds, and Corey Stoll as fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, fans of The Right Stuff (1983) and Apollo 13 (1995), not to mention history buffs with a penchant for the Space Race, should find much to admire in the opening night film from this year’s Venice Film Festival.
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Movie reviewed for FUSE by Dwayne Lennox thelennoxfiles.blogspot.com.au
DID YOU KNOW?
This year is the 3oth anniversary of Ian McKellen coming out. Sir Ian, 78, tweeted: “I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out — including myself.