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October-November 2018 round up

October-November 2018 round up

A Simple Favour

1. This film makes ‘Girl on the Train’ look like ‘Gone Girl’ 2. Never trust anyone that works in P.R

Rating - 6/10


 

 

A Star is Born

The fourth iteration of this classic story is an absolute knockout and one of the standout films of 2018. The live music scenes in A Star Is Born are absolutely electric. Cooper and Gaga display their characters’ journeys with authenticity, as a falling and rising star meet. Cooper channels his inner Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott is phenomenal. If ‘Shallows’ doesn’t win ‘Best Original Song’ at the Oscars, then popcorn is on me at the next FoodnFilm!

Rating - 9/10


 

 

Venom

For a film that marketed itself as a whacky cousin to the adventurous, action-packed MCU, Venom is surprisingly dull and messy. If I think about it too much, my brain starts to hurt.

Rating - 5/10


 

 

Peterloo

A powerful, realist drama and a story that should have been told a long time ago.

Check out our full review here

Smallfoot

Pro: Surprisingly sharp, enjoyable and funny.
Pro: Confident in its tone and what it wants to be as a film.

Con: The Yetis don’t have noses.
Con: James Corden is in it.

Rating - 7/10


 

 

First Man

Chazelle and Gosling trade the glitz and glamour of La La Land for this gritty, grounded character study of a man grappling with grief.

Check out our full review - http://bit.ly/FnF_FirstManReview

Mandy

A lucid, phantasmagorical daymare, featuring Nicolas Cage on a blood-soaked revenge mission. If that doesn’t entice you to watch, nothing will.

Mandy is brilliant and bonkers in equal measure.

Rating - 8/10

Mirai

The latest Anime wonder from director/writer Mamoru Hosoda, Mirai follows the story of a 4 year old boy who struggles to cope with the arrival of his new baby sister, until his garden becomes a magical gateway for him to meet with family members of the past, teaching him valuable lessons. This film is full of imagination and beautiful visual detail. Not only that, it deals with complex issues in a simple, relatable way.

Rating - 8.5/10

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson’s WW1 documentary is a technical marvel. Mixing never-before-seen footage with modern technology and colourisation, we see the war through the eyes of those who fought on the front line, in a way that we’ve never been able to before.

They Shall Not Grow Old captures the essence of cinema, in taking us to a place we could not otherwise go. It is powerful, visceral, sobering and real.

What a way to mark the centenary of Armistice day.

Rating - 9/10

Widows

An enticing heist thriller that is as much about the state of modern-day America and what it means to be a minority as it is about a heist. Widows is gripping from the start and it deals with some weighty themes as the story begins to unravel. Whilst it could be accused of being too cerebral in the way it deals with these and the four leads are certainly under-developed, it still delivers a lot more than most 21st century slick Oceans style heist-capers.

Rating - 8/10

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Coen Brothers return to the Wild West with a 6-part anthology film, wading in the  quintessence of their cinematic journey as a beloved writer/director duo. From the sheer love of the Old West to the offbeat comedy, twisted irony and nihilistic view in some chapters.

This is the first time they’ve opted for shooting on digital, rather than film, but the vibrant cinematography works surprisingly well, just as each chapter is an exaggerated version of real life stories, so the look and feel is also.

Rating - 8.5/10

 

 

Dave Howarth 

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