Visiting hours may be never, but you really should try and check yourself into a showing of Hotel Artemis.
Two banker robbers, a deadly assassin and an arms dealer walk into a seedy hotel run by a nameless nurse. It may sound like the start to a bad B-Movie, but Hotel Artemis is a lot more than cliches and violence. For starters, it has a strong ensemble and manages to fully utilise each and every actor to their strengths. Jodie Foster (in her first staring role since Elysium in 2013!) shows that even without a hard hitting dramatic script, she is still an absolutely phenomenal actor. She brings laughs naturally but also adds an surprisingly large emotional weight to the film. Continue reading
Daniel Kokotajlo’s striking debut is a harrowing insight into the way Jehovah’s Witnesses have their lives controlled by the religion’s rules. To many people, the rules that are well known seem absolutely bizarre and cruel. Apostasy highlights many of the more unknown requirement of being a Jehovah’s Witness, only causing the film to become more and more shocking as it goes on. It’s a bold debut by Kokotajlo, with some stunning central performances.
Deborah Haywood’s debut is a remarkable look at the effects bullying can have at school and all the way through to adulthood. The phycological harm inflicted on its victims is never shyed away from and the film is unrelentingly upsetting but, more importantly, Pin Cushion feels raw, visceral and unlike anything I’ve seen for a long time.
Iona (Lily Newmark) and her mother Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) move to a new house which in turn means Iona has to start a new school. Both of them have a super close relationship to one another and because of Lyn’s hunchback, it means Iona has lived a very sheltered life, meaning she’s an easy target. Pin Cushion presents them exactly as most other films would, only it manages to not poke fun at their eccentrics and instead makes you see the best in them. One of the key elements to do with Pin Cushion’s success is down to the fact you are not only believing in the characters, but also feeling every single moment of their pain.
We’ve been having a bit of a spell recently of sequels coming out YEARS after the original. Some have been well worth the wait (‘Blade Runner 2049’). Others haven’t (‘Independence Day: Resurgence’). ‘The Incredibles’ was a film my generation grew up with so I had a lot of faith riding on this to not let me down. 14 years later and this 21 year old can happily say it was well, well worth the wait.
Growing up, it became exceedingly easy for everyone at school to hate on ‘Twilight’. Despite the fact most of its critics were teenagers who’d never seen the film, it became a punching bag for people to take their anger out on. This is probably why I never even considered watching them when they were out. Even as I got more and more into watching a variety of films, it still was never one that I ever considered putting on. Finally, after a sick girlfriend asked to show me it, I couldn’t really say no as I had given her my cold. Despite all the negativity, I went in wanting to enjoy it. I thought there’s no way it’s as bad as all the internet trolls make out. Turns out, it’s pretty unwatchable.
Rating films is always going to open the floodgates for disagreement and difference of opinions. But one of the best things about doing a list like this is to remind yourself how many brilliant films we’ve been blessed with in just 6 months and how much variety there is. So without further ado, here are my top 13 films of 2018 so far. (sadly, as I’m not yet paid to watch films for a living, I haven’t seen everything but have only missed a few notably well reviewed film)
Ones that just missed the cut: Red Sparrow, Phantom Thread, Cargo, Unsane, Game Night