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 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars The Last Jedi

* This review does contain MINOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi *

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is a film that feels burdened by much that it tries to do. There are many moments to this film that I absolutely loved! Moments that reinforced and reshaped my love for Star Wars as a franchise, but to get to those moments, there were particular storylines, certain characters, and clear merchandising influences, that hampered the overall experience. However… some of the most impactful decisions this film creates, and the effect they will go onto have; I think evolves the franchise beyond the seemingly rehashed path it was going down. It will divide fans, but I hope it will move the trilogy into uncharted territory. Personally, I’m going to find this to be a challenging review to write, because I did have a genuine love-hate relationship with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This will almost be like a therapy session, as I try to come terms with all that this film is… so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist, directed by James Franco, is wonderfully funny and also wonderfully sincere. Putting the spotlight on an endearing friendship and letting it guide us through an unbelievably touching, challenging story, results in a film that had me smiling throughout. I think many people will be surprised at the heart-warming little story that James Franco and his usual collaborators have put together and how they, in the most genuine way, tell the story of some inspiring, fascinating individuals – it could possibly even be considered the best work of Franco’s career. So let’s explore if that is the case and also what it is about The Disaster Artist that makes it such a worthwhile watch. Onto the review we go. Read more

Review – Mudbound

Mudbound

Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, is a film that during the early stages, spins its wheels and directs its focus in all the wrong places. The film fills time with melodrama and nothing much else, until it finally finds what should have always received its attention. I felt myself detaching from the film in the beginning; settling in for something that I would soon forget once it had finished, but the story and characters it then found and shone a light on, may have saved the film. Or did they, was this ultimately a wasted 134 minutes? Let’s explore that question and more, in my review, and see if this film is worth clicking over to Netflix for. Read more

Review – Land of Mine

Land of Mine, written and directed by Martin Zandvliet, was both a morally and emotionally challenging film. Throughout the entirety of Land of Mine, I was questioning myself and what I deemed right; considering the abhorrent acts of a country and its people. Those questions and the challenging thoughts it brought before me, made for a compelling, engaging film that very deservedly got nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the 2017 Academy Awards. I’ve wanted to see this film for some time and now I’m eager to talk about it in this review – so let’s get to that. Read more

Review – Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia, directed by Jamie M. Dagg, offers a small, contained, but well told story that at times is infused with an unnerving tension and undertones of something sinister, while at other times it was harmfully slow and a little too dower. It struggles to find a balance that then makes for an experience that is always engaging, but when it’s at its best there’s certainly something that pulls you in. Is it enough though? I hope to discover the answer to that question through my review, so let’s get to it. Read more