things i've never seen before, new & old 📽 (for the rest of this year, check my profile or below this list 👇🏻)
- 1.swiss army man (2016)i feel like i've been waiting months to see this & it didn't let me down. paul dano is such a great screen presence and i really could have watched two more hours of hank & manny.
- 2.under the shadow (2016)this was SO great; a really interesting "horror" flick about life in the midst of the iran-iraq war, with a woman grappling with her role as a woman and mother in a changing society, and whose child believes their apartment building is haunted by a supernatural jinn.
- 3.i am not a serial killer (2016)caught the UK premiere of this at the london film festival (aka my favourite thing ever). it was pretty trippy, kind of grungey, and very unsettling when you realise the lead teenager you think is cute is actually the kid from 'where the wild things are'. christopher lloyd was at our screening but we left early and missed him. LIFE.
- 4.my scientology movie (2015)louis theroux is one of my favourite documentarians and i was pleased to finally catch this (a friend saw it at last year's LFF, so it's been a long wait). it was an interesting look at scientology, though i'm not sure how into watching louis on the big screen i was...it felt weird to not be at home. idk. love him regardless.
- 5.i, daniel blake (2016)i can't even begin to accurately convey how powerful this film is- a cinematic punch in the gut. a stark look at the flawed benefits system in the UK, this really felt like director ken loach was holding a mirror up to 2016 and showing it how ugly british society has become of late. a total must see, it'll stay with you for days.
- 6.spectre (2015)eh? it was okay....daniel craig is my favourite bond so i'm sad this is (theoretically) his last. i'm so here for ben wishaw as Q- give him a goddamn spin-off.
- 7.straight outta compton (2016)this was about 30 minutes too long and somehow felt like they'd tried to include way too much. however, o'shea jackson jr is 💯 and i loved him playing his own father. well played.
- 8.wanderlust (2012)sometimes you feel sad and the only cure is 90 minutes of paul rudd making an ass of himself.
- 9.the sacrament (2013)the only "halloween" film i got to watch this year and it wasn't even that scary or gory. a take on the jonestown massacre (wikipedia if you're unfamiliar- chilling stuff), this felt like a slow burner which never really delivered. poor show, ti west.
- 10.mascots (2016)this was so so much fun. classic christopher guest faux-docu-drama comedy fun.