The Films That Stood Out to Me in 2017

It’s one of my favourite times of the year for films and one of my favourite pieces to write for my blog; this is all about remembering and praising some of the films that made some sort of impact on me throughout the year. It’s one of my favourite things to do: talk about films, and more importantly, talk about the aspects I loved about those films.

This isn’t a ‘Top 10 list’ (especially because I’m talking about more than 10 films this year – a first for me), nor am I saying these are the best films of the year. I’m simply pointing out the film that in one way or another, mattered to me and made some sort of impact. Whether it was in the moment of watching them or it was the effect they had on the old memory box, this is all about films that stood out to me and mattered to me.

Before I start, I’ll lay out some of the conditions: These are all films released in the UK, between January 1st and December 31st. They are also in no particular order, so one isn’t superior to another. This is all about talking about good films and perhaps making you aware of little gems you may have missed, or simply praising a film that despite being well-known is still deserving of being talked about. I will also be talking about my personal ‘Film of the Year’ in this piece as well, so look out for that.

But let’s bring this waffling to an end – enough of the ramblings – let’s get to the reason why you clicked onto this in the first place: ‘The Films That Stood Out to Me in 2017’: Read more

The 2017 Oscars – Best Picture Nominations: Watched, Reviewed and Ranked

In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.

But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more

Review – Hacksaw Ridge

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Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, is a rousing film that is very giving, in terms of the time it offers the audience to understand and connect with its main character. But it is also a film that is completely unflinching in its depiction of the battle that took place on Hacksaw Ridge. It was in that generous amount of time with the main character, that the film finds its footing, which later on makes the experience all the more poignant. So there is much to take in when watching the film, which is good for me as that makes for a review with much to say. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Silence

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Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a film that is unwavering in its effort to explore its primary topic: Religion. Each frame of this film is more beautiful than the last; each performance meets the exact level and presence that is fitting for the moment, and every ounce of the films runtime is dedicated to making sure it fully explores the downfall of its main character and his utter devotion to his faith. Scorsese is no slouch when it comes to the detail in his films, and Silence shows that, but with such detail, also comes the feeling of being given too much. This is a film that dives as deep as it can possibly go into its subject, but it sometimes forgets the need to come back up for air. But let’s get to the fuller review and see if that issue affects the overall experience, let’s see what Silence has to offer. Read more