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

Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery, feels almost like a test – a test of the audience’s patience, a test of their commitment, and a test of their willingness to accept what they are watching. From my time with the film, quite a few of the people in the audience struggled to overcome those tests (which is understandable). This is a film where you need to be willing to let the film tell its story how it wants too. It doesn’t play by the rules in any way and that can make for an experience that feels difficult to interact with. But what exactly is it about this film that might make it so challenging for audiences? Well, let’s explore that and more through this review.
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Review – Lion

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Lion, directed by Garth Davis, pulls you in with its endearing character and its powerful story, and then takes you on a journey that is human in its every facet. What we get with this film is something that is very concise in its approach, but it is also so giving, in terms of the time and the space that it allows its characters and its story to get comfortable and find its rhythm. Through some perfect pacing and difficult choices (which could have sent the film spiralling off in the wrong direction), Lion is able to explore and deliver something that is heart-breaking, in how beautiful it is. I’m eager to get into the full review, so let’s get this underway. Read more

Review – Kubo and the Two Strings

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Kubo and the Two Strings, directed by Travis Knight, is a film with such originality and style. From the very first frame of this film, I was instantly in love with how it looked and the direction in which it was taking. While the film never surprised me (from a plot standpoint) I don’t think there was ever a time where I wasn’t completely engaged and in love with the world that Kubo travels through. So let’s get into this review and see what works and what doesn’t. Read more

The Films That Stood Out to Me in 2015

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

Review – Carol

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Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, is an emotionally filled film that allows you to watch almost every aspect of a new and blossoming relationship. This is a film that is filled with meaning and thought – two very different people come together and we are shown something that is small in scale and beautiful in execution. Read more