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 – The Salesman

The Salesman, written and directed by, Asghar Farhadi, is another absolutely engrossing, yet simply made film. Real feeling characters who are full of the intricacies that make them wholly engaging to watch. A story that is slowly fed to you so that you can better understand and settle into both its inner workings and the people who make up its various parts, and an overall simplicity that means the necessities of the film get all the attention. Farhadi as both a writer and a director is someone who understands how to tell engaging stories and how to fill those stories with people who are fascinating and layered. I could go on rambling, but I’m eager to finish up this intro and get onto the full review, because I have much to say about this film, so let’s get to it. Read more