FUSE movie picks Summer 2019
Did you know "Friends of Dorothy" was a euphemism used by gay men in the 1940s, when homosexuality was illegal in the USA. Dorothy, of course, is a reference to Judy Garland's "Wizard of Oz" character.
JUDY, a film about gay icon Judy Garland opens in cinemas on October 17 2019, it's our first movie pick of the month.
JUDY | OPENS 17 OCTOBER 2019
Sixteen years after her win for Cold Mountain, Renee Zellweger looks to return to the Oscars with her portrayal of movie and music legend - and gay icon - Judy Garland. Set during Garland’s late-career tour of England in 1968, and a year before her untimely death, Rupert Goold’s film sees Judy physically and emotionally drained by both competing forces and her own vices. It’s the kind of role an actor relishes, which is probably what brought Zellweger out of her self-imposed exile of sorts; she may not be Garland’s vocal match, but she gives her all.
PAIN AND GLORY | OPENS 7 NOVEMBER 2019
nd countryman actor Antonio Banderas arrived on the world movie scene together. Banderas went on to Hollywood while Almodovar became universally acclaimed, the two reteaming for 2011’s The Skin I Live In, but it is for Pain and Glory that both men are receiving their best notices for quite some time. Indeed, Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker reflecting on his life gifts Banderas his meatiest role in years, eliciting a career-best performance.
LAST CHRISTMAS | OPENS 7 NOVEMBER 2019
A romantic Yuletide tale penned by Emma Thompson, directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids; The Heat) and starring the very photogenic Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians)? We must definitely be on Santa’s nice list. Apparently inspired by the music of George Michael, this London-set story sees the down-on-her-luck Kate (Clarke) befriended by the optimistic Tom (Golding) as Christmas approaches. Thompson also stars (as Clarke’s mother), as does Michelle Yeoh, meaning there’s something for everyone in this Xmas bon bon.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE | OPENS 26 DECEMBER
On an isolated island during the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. Since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the latest film by Celine Sciamma (Girlhood) has been garnering unanimous praise wherever it has played. Set in Brittany in the late 18th century, Portrait sees artist Marianne (Noemie Merlant) hired to paint the portrait of Heloise (Adele Haenel), a young woman whose family wish to marry her off. Heloise, however, would rather not be married, so Marianne conducts her work by stealth disguised as a maid, setting in motion a slow burn romance.
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Movie reviewed for FUSE by Dwayne Lennox thelennoxfiles.blogspot.com.au