20 films in to 2017

It’s now March 14th, I have just seen my 21st film of the year. Kong: Skull Island. I have actually been keeping a hand-written film diary which seemed like a great idea at the start of the year but apparently it means I write a lot less on here.

There’s already been some incredibly successful, high-budget, blockbusters this year that I have thoroughly enjoyed, things like; Logan, Passengers, Kong, The Great Wall (despite Matt Damons dodgy Irish accent, I still love him) and Hacksaw Ridge and we still have so many to come, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok and Power Rangers to name a few. I have also just started hearing a bit more about the new Charlie Hunnam hit, The Lost City of Z, which at first I thought looked boring and ridiculous but actually after reading some reviews and watching some trailers for it I’m actually very interested in seeing this film. It looks like it could be something great.

I also followed all of the Oscar nominees like a hawk, I managed to see all the Best Picture contenders before the awards took place, my favourite from the day dot was Arrival, I also loved Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion and Hell or High Water. I was disappointed in Moonlight and Fences, which unfortunately Moonlight went on to win Best Picture, in my opinion it didn’t deserve it, it was a film made for all the wrong reason, political drivel that was made with one intention, to win the BP Award at the Oscars, props to them – they did what they set out to do. But I truly believe Hidden Figures should have won, it was a beautifully told important story. (I’m aware this is a controversial opinion, I don’t think I need to worry about the half a dozen people that actually read this blog, but it is my opinion and I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, I just didn’t like it.)

Aside from all of that, one of the films from this year that seems to have stuck with me from the first moment I watched it was Manchester by the Sea (again, controversial, I like it for the film and the talent, not the actors themselves). It was one of the most visually beautiful films, New England is such a beautiful place and it’s nice to see the scenic shots on the big screen. Casey Afflecks portrayal of a man dealing with guilt, grief and trauma is so compelling, you felt every single word he said and it was the first film, in a long time, that I actually managed to have some empathy for the characters. I am now currently reading the screenplay and have downloaded the soundtrack because I just can’t get enough of it. Kenny Lonergan is an absolute genius and his words are so soothing yet heartbreaking at the same time. I true visionary. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

So 2017 seems to be going off with a bang, we’re now into the third month of the year, second of the film year, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

I am still working on my challenge to see every Oscar Best Picture winning film, I think I might have ticked a few more off the list since I last wrote. I watched Million Dollar Baby the other night and found it extremely dull. I’m surprised it won as much as it did, but that’s just me.

What’s next? I’m not sure, the dreaded remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is being released world wide on Friday so maybe I’ll drag myself kicking and screaming to see that at some point and I want to see Ben Wheatleys Free Fire once that’s released, see if it’s any better and less pretentious than High Rise. But until then, I’ll just stay sat on the sofa working my way through my ever-growing DVD collection.

MTFBWY

20 films in to 2017

High Rise

I have absolutely no idea how to even start writing a review about this film….it was, by far, the weirdest film I’ve ever seen. I have no clue what the story even was. It was just a load of madness happening in one place with the same people!

As a film student I feel like I should be saying “What a beautiful piece of post-modern brutality, the imagery was stunning and the film making techniques were on point” but really all I want to say is “What a load of political bullshit” haha!

I understand that it was a novel first and it has a huge cult following blah blah blah but really it’s just weird!

I would normally start off by running through the story line briefly but as I said before I can’t really do that because I don’t really know what happened.
It opened with Tom Hiddleston (who’s character is Dr. Laing) moving into a posh apartment in a large high rise block and I think we’re lead to believe he is living quite high up, being on the 25th floor, because he is a doctor. It’s kind of organised by wealth, if you have a lot of money or a good job or just generally a posh twat you got to live at the top of the building. But, if you are working class and have loads of kids and not a lot of money then you live a bit lower down.
Luke Evans character was probably my favourite in the film, he was really interesting. He is the father of 4 children and along with his wife they live in the lower numbers. He was infatuated by Sienna Millers character but I’m not really sure why and that all got a bit messy when he found out that her child was actually the child of the Architect which then brings us to introduce Jeremy Irons character. He plays the Architect (I think his characters name is Mr. Royal…really…) he was the creator and therefor owner of the building and he seems very stressed and agitated throughout the film.

I really have no idea where I’m going with this because it’s so confusing in my head.

Basically if you like cult classics, this is going to be one. And if you want to see some incredible acting, go and see it because Hiddleston and Evans were completely flawless. And if you like very graphic sex scenes, go and see this. But if you want a nice cosy film with an easy story and a bit of love and humour, don’t go and see it.

It really is weird.
It’s a very good example of what an intense class system can do to humanity. And it ends with Sienna Millers child sitting on a very high ladder listening to Margaret Thatcher.

Oh do you know what, I don’t get it. It’s weird.

You decide.

High Rise