The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg, is a pleasant film, a film that doesn’t step beyond its expectations. I perhaps thought more of this film – partly because of it being directed by Steven Spielberg – but what you’ll get is a film that is pretty run of the mill. I was never surprised by what ‘The BFG’ offered, but I was certainly enchanted by its content. There are certainly some interesting elements to breakdown and so I might as well get this review underway. Read more
It has certainly been a mixed bag in terms of the quality of films that have come out this year. I’ve been up and down with what has come out in 2015 – there have been some real surprises – films that snuck up on me and then just took all of my attention and hoarded it for itself. But there have also been long stretches this year where I’ve been left disappointed or underwhelmed by the offerings. In particular would be 2015’s summer blockbuster season which compared to last year has been a bland assortment of films or in some cases complete disasters (I’m looking at you Jurassic World), feel free to see my fuller thoughts on that film here.
But I’m not here to focus on the negatives; this piece is all about me sharing with you some of the films that I loved from 2015. Not a best of per-say (that always feels too definitive to me – plus everyone’s doing their best of lists at this time). This is more about me taking the time to highlight some truly special pieces of cinema or some films that didn’t necessarily get the attention they first deserve and I’m now taking the chance to make you aware of them and how great they are.
The last thing I’ll say before I get to the part that I know you’re probably more interested in and is the only reason you really clicked onto this piece (thank you for doing so I might add) is that these films are in no particular order. I’m just going to run through the films in the order that suits me and then will give a little detail on what makes them so great – I may even sneak in what is by personal favourite film of the year – actually there’s no may about it, I will be talking about my favourite film of 2015. Anyway that’s me done with this rambling section, now onto the next rambling section; the films that I think deserve your attention from 2015. Read more
The Gift, written, directed and starring Joel Edgerton is a film that can be described in a few words; subtle, suspenseful and wholly engaging. From the moment this film began to its very last scene I was addicted to this film. Every dialogue exchange, every quiet pan, I was completely under the control of this film and never wanting to miss a second. Read more