Some films don’t quite fly under the radar, but equally don’t take the spotlight. We’ve listed ten films you may (or may not) have missed that we think are well worth a watch.
David Robert Mitchell’s directorial debut It Follows is a tense, paranoia inducing horror with a phenomenal score to back it up. The film is set around Maika Monroe’s character Jay, who is forced into dealing with a supernatural stalker. It Follows will have you looking over your shoulder for the rest of the day after you watch it, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.
Following on from the monumental success of La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s First Man seemed destined to do great things, hindered by an un-remarkable haul at cinemas, it could misinterpreted by some as a failure. To make this mistake should be cardinal sin.
It’s fair to say that Jordan Peele’s stock is soaring among
the stars following his directorial debut Get
Out, and he’s wasting no time in bringing us more nightmarish content with Us. The first trailer teased a story rooted much deeper in the genre of horror
than Get Out (which isn’t to
understate the horrific elements of the film), it looks like Lupita Nyong’o
& Winston Duke’s family are in for a rough ride as their demonic doppelgangers
hunt them down.
Unlike some films which show so much of the movie inside five three minute
trailers that they may as well just roll the credits at the end, the most
exciting thing about Us is that you
get the distinct feeling that much more lies beneath the surface.
An already strong year for Spider-Man (Spider-Man PS4, Avengers: Infinity War) has become stellar with the addition of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Although it was the last appearance for spidey in 2018, it was undoubtedly his strongest.
2018 felt like a transitional year for film, superhero movies refuse to die, mid-budget movies move to Netflix as oppose to releasing at the cinema, the ‘Me Too’ movement re-defines accountability within (and outside) the industry. It felt like one of the years where you realise its significance much later, where you look back and can see the defining points clear as day. But not to look too far ahead at the consequence of this year, we decided to celebrate what we loved in 2018, here’s a roundup of what stood out to us.
Annihilation & Apostle were two of my favourite films released in 2018, and thanks to Netflix I was able to watch them on the day of release, without even leaving my room. But as much as I enjoyed these movies, I was left with a twinge of sadness that I wouldn’t be able to buy them in my local HMV anytime soon (fortunately Annihilation now has a physical release date).
James Wan crafts a cinematic odyssey filled with wonder, vibrant world-building & water. Lots and lots of water.
I feel obliged to start this review by mentioning my bias, I love DC, I have done for many years and won’t ever claim that this doesn’t have an impact on the way I see their films. That being said, I think all reviews have a level of bias in them, as we are literally cataloging our likes and dislikes.