My lovely girlfriend Katie is a big movie fan but has many unfortunate and embarrassing gaps in her viewing history. So we decided to rectify that! Following a week of viewing some of cinema’s (modern, mostly) classics, I decided to sit down with Katie and have a quick chat to get the feelings of someone coming across these films for the first time.
I’m a big sucker for a great ending. I can forgive and forget a fair bit if the film is able to end with a bang. There are plenty of very popular ones (There Will Be Blood, The Usual Suspects, Chinatown, Inception) that I too love, but wanted to talk about some that have more personal meaning to me. Feel free to add your favourites to the comments.
Annihilation – Alex Garland (2018)
Noted novelist (The Beach), screenwriter (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go) and following his hugely successful 2015 debut with Ex Machina, director Alex Garland has established himself over the last 15-20 years as perhaps the best sci-fi mind working in film today. Opinion for Ex Machina generally landed somewhere between masterpiece and near-masterpiece, with my own falling closer to the later. I don’t find the film to land in every way it tries to, but I appreciate when filmmakers have big ideas and are able to mostly get them across in a coherent and entertaining way. Therefore, I was just as excited as anyone when his follow-up film, about a team of scientists entering a mysterious anomaly called “the Shimmer”, finally arrived.
Following on from the stock standard awards of Part 1, here are a few little extras.
Following the critical acclaim and my own personal appreciation for The Shape of Water, I was compelled to talk about what I still consider Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece- Pan’s Labyrinth.
Taking out The Last Jedi, Annihilation and four of Abbas Kiarostami’s films, of which I will be focusing on separately, March ends up looking a little lean:
With half my February viewings either getting the full review treatment or being part of my Mike Leigh series, it’s a pretty short and sweet round up: