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Showing posts from July, 2017

It Comes At Night (2017)

Trey Edward Shults directs, in what was a highly anticipated psychological cabin fever horror film, It Comes at Night.  Despite quite positive critical reaction, the film has struggled to get that same response from the paying public.  The film opens in a secluded wooden house deep in the middle of a thick forest.  The house is occupied by a small family who appear to know about as much about what is going on outside of that wood as we do: there is a virus that has killed a lot of people, there is only one blood red door in and out of the house, and only one key for it.  They’re suddenly faced with the arrival of an outsider, and contrasting choices: cautiousness, compassion, and ultimately, survival.  Not knowing the whole picture is extremely unnerving, but it’s also not necessary seeing as the film is really about humans.  Why muddle that with the numbers of those that have died, or the genetic makeup of a virus when it can focus in on a few people instead and how they deal with it…

My Best Films of 2017 So Far - 6 Month Review

As is now a famous Philhelm Scream tradition (ie. I’ve done it once before, last year), approaching the half-way point of the calendar year feels a suitable time to take stock and rank some films. After what was an incredible strong Oscar year, there’s a good showing of the nominees here seeing as each received a January release here in the UK. Fingers crossed July – Dec is just as good!

10. Hidden Figures
I thought it was a bit of a shame Hidden Figures (along with 2016's Hell or High Water) slipped under the best Picture radar a bit this year, while the incredibly dull Lion (2017) and Dev Patel’s hair seemed to get a lot more coverage. The story of the first ever black female employee at NASA, and the struggles she faced to get there was told really well. It’s a proper fist pump of a story, and doesn’t get too bogged down in the boring number crunching that it could so easily have done. The leading trio of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle MonĂ¡e and Octavia Spencer are each brilliant…