The latest film from Wes Anderson is a joyous ode to both Japanese Cinema and Man’s best friend. Amongst a filmography chock-full of quality and style, It proves to be his most creative and masterful work to date.
I, Tonya follows the incredible rise and fall of American Figure Skating champion Tonya Harding, taking time to show events from her perspective in a hard-hitting and thoroughly entertaining real-life drama. Who’d have thought the world of figure skating could be so gripping?
The latest film from Martin McDonagh is a powerful study of grief, anger and justice. Sure to be one of the best films of this year, or any year for that matter. Equally funny and heartbreaking, It’s not to be missed.
On Wednesday 1st March I was fortunate enough to catch a preview screening of Ben Wheatley’s latest flick, Free Fire. The director decided to take his film on the road to be shown in several independent cinemas throughout the country for one night only, conducting a Q&A with actor Sam Riley after the screening. But we’ll get onto that later, how was the bloody film? Well, lock and load. It’s a riot.
The subject of split personalities and broken minds isn’t necessarily a fresh concept to the world of film. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho presented the chilling Norman Bates. David Fincher blew our minds with the Tyler Durden reveal in Fight Club and even more recently, Ryan Reynolds portrayed the mentally fragile Jerry in 2014’s The Voices. It’s a theme that lends itself so well to films, giving us an opportunity to examine the innermost cavities of the human mind, often to dark and unsettling results. While these films usually promote their characters as weak, disturbed individuals, Split asks whether a mind that can tap into the strengths of multiple unique personas is actually superior to our own ‘healthy’ mental state.
2016 has been a bit of a stinker hasn’t it? Few would argue that the combination of losing several creative legends coupled with bewildering political activity has resulted in a pretty depressing time. So how do you combat the harshness of reality? Well for this ape, spending some time in a wackier world than ours filled with even wackier characters is a good start. With that in mind I’ve decided to present a list of 8 quirky films that have helped me escape this year – a mixture of 2016 releases and films that have found their home remastered on blu ray.