Tag: 2018

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*** ½ (out of 4)

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman tells the story of Marcello (Marcello Fonte), an Italian dog groomer, and his decidedly unbalanced relationship with an abusive thug and druggy named Simone (Edoardo Pesce). To summarize what happens plot-wise: for most of the film, Marcello obsequiously looks out for Simone, to the point that he voluntarily elects to go to prison rather than rat on Simone. In return, however, Simone bullies Marcello, repeatedly beats him, and coerces him into facilitating a break-in. By the end of the film, Marcello has had it with his “friend”: after tricking Simone into locking himself inside a dog cage, he ends up killing Simone outright.

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*** (out of 4)

As its title suggests, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo is a film about the Peterloo Massacre. For those who aren’t familiar: after the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, England fell on financial hard times. Angered by the socioeconomic inequality that industrialization had generated, some 80,000 working-class people gathered for a political rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester on August 16, 1819. Fearing a violent uprising, authorities ordered soldiers to forcibly disperse the crowd. In the ensuing chaos, 18 people were killed and hundreds more injured, and because of this, the overall event is now generally acknowledged as a “turning point” in modern English history.

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