2017, for all its myriad horrendous flaws (including those finally outed in Hollywood itself), was an exceptional year for exceptional movies. I was utterly unable to round up just a top 10 of the 120 films I saw this year, as I’d just be leaving too much great stuff out. Even with 20, I’m still missing superb stuff like Lady Bird, The Death of Stalin, and Paddington 2, but here’s the countdown. Continue reading →
Very few other filmmakers working today are as intrigued by time and its workings as Christopher Nolan, and none are as good at integrating this fascination with the sort of bombastic excitement that he so consistently delivers. With his war epic, Dunkirk, Nolan strikes the perfect balance between his typically clever treatment of time’s relationship with stories and a heart on sleeve disaster film, paying tribute to the heroes and survivors of the Miracle of Dunkirk. It’s his shortest film since his 1998 debut, Following, and his first non-sci-fi film in over a decade but no less ambitious for it, entering the canon as possibly Nolan’s best film and one of the greatest examples of the World War 2 genre. Continue reading →
20: Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie (Dir; Julius Onah, Starring; David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl, Release Date; 27th October)
Formerly known as God Particle, this film follows 10 Cloverfield Lane as a surprise entry into what is swiftly becoming a new Twilight Zone series for modern Hollywood. A fantastic ensemble (Oyelowo, Mbatha-Raw, and Bruhl are joined by Elizabeth Debicki and Chris O’Dowd) take on one of next year’s most exciting premises. As a team of scientists perform experiments on the ISS, the Earth disappears, forcing the team to survive whilst solving the mystery of the arrival of a new space station.