London Film Festival 2012 Diary: Day 3


Robot & Frank:

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Robot & Frank so far is one of the best films i’ve seen at this years LFF. Frank Langella is simply outstanding in this unique story of an ex-cat burglar suffering from memory loss friends his robot butler. Equally as lovely was Susan Sarandon who seem’s to be on a resurgence of indie films. And the support cast was lovely in the shape of James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Peter Sarsgaard as ‘Robot’.

The film has some thrifty funny moments and yet is very touching and emotional. Langella giving such a wonderful and understated performance whilst Sarsgaard doing his best HAL 9000 impression.



 Beware of Mr. Baker:

Documentary on legendary drummer, Ginger Baker.

Beware of Mr. Baker left me utterly satisfied as we look into the life of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, who is arguably one of the most influential modern drummers.

The structure is very simple as we see Baker himself talk about his life so far in chronological order, whilst famous drummers are also interviewed giving their respect for the man. Such players interviewed were Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, Eric Clapton and a host of others. Not only people in his profession but we see how his wild and eccentric lifestyle damaged and alienated his wives and children.

Being a drummer myself I simply loved this documentary and I highly recommend it, especially if your a fan of the musical era.





After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

A Jason Biggs movie was always going to greet you with not much enthusiasm but actually I found Grassroots pretty good. I think its more of a drama interlaced with comedy than a flat out laugh-fest. And the fact its seemingly based on a true story.

I enjoyed the story itself and it’s sense of passion for something it portrays. But one of the oddest aspects was the inclusion of Cobie Smulders. Don’t get me wrong I like her but in this she was just a name for like 10 minutes of screen time during the whole thing.

Overall not terrible nor fantastic but better than what your expecting with a passion performance from Joel David Moore.



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