Whilst the current landscape of American politics is translating overseas, in 1988, a huge political scandal in the States didn’t have that impact. Gary Hart hasn’t become a staple of our common knowledge. Political supporters aside, the most basic understanding of Hart’s campaign is that he had an affair with Donna Rice, which ruined his chance of becoming President of the United States. Jason Reitman takes us on an in-depth journey into the sudden downfall of Hart’s campaign.
As I always say, if you think any year wasn’t a good year for cinema, you haven’t been looking hard enough. 2018 has drawn to a close and it’s time for the annual tradition of critics to rank their favourites of the year. This list is personal and totally based on my feelings alone so don’t feel like I’m telling you what to enjoy, but if you missed any of these I’d recommend trying to find them ASAP. So without further ado, here’s my quick round up of 25-11 before my more detailed Top 10
Sadly, Mortal Engines uses up all it’s petrol in its fantastic opening and runs out of steam soon after. It’s got an brilliant concept at the heart of it but sadly fails to live up to the potential it possesses. The visuals are beautiful, but nothing else comes close in terms of quality.
This “riddikulus” effort from the wonderfully talented J.K Rowling and David Yates should be “obliviated” from your mind. The film has “revelioed” the desperate need for a fresh voice to come in and “reparo” the state of the franchise after this “confundo” effort.
Like a re-ride on your favourite rollercoaster, Hell Fest anticipated jolts and familiar fun are no less entertaining just because you see them coming.
King of Crime is so ambitious with the amount of twist and turns it wants to add into its narrative that it eventually crumbles under its own pressure. What makes the opening grab your attention soon turns into an eye rolling routine. By attempting to live up to the early plot twists, it actually managed to remove the impact of every subsequent twist by over using them.
The quest to find ones identity is thrusted upon Summer (Zoe Renee) and, as is usually the case, it’s a very difficult task for a 17 year old. Complicating matters further is her mother (Simone Missick), a divorced TV weather reporter, who converts to Islam. Continue reading
Suspiria is this year’s mother! The biggest difference is this reviewer loved mother! but can already feel this cluttered and hugely disappointing film disappearing from his memory. A huge waste of the plethora of talent on show, Supiria is a graceless but wildly ambitious misstep.
Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their just due. Despite a synopsis that sounds pretty standard, this is anything but. Unafraid to show us totally different lives and stories without much context to begin with, Dragged Across Concrete plays the slow game with its build up towards its magnificent endgame. While we know everything will soon link up, there’s no rush in showing us how. There are a lot of moving parts within and while certain characters get more development, everyone is given just enough time to leave an impression as well as an impact on the narrative.
After a mental breakdown whilst presenting the weather on live TV after a bad break up, Sean (Matt Bomer) is told to take some time off. During this time, he hires Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) for work labour, but soon begins to pay him to go on excursions and day trips he used to enjoy with his partner. Director John Butler has described Papi Chulo as a comedy about loneliness, but there’s a lot more hidden within the depths of this hugely enjoyable film.