Been a while
Get Out: 6/10
Disappointing but culturally significant Blumhouse horror. No need for me to recount the plot. But my problem is that we're led to believe that the film is about race, but once all is revealed the race issue is actually a little arbitrary, and actually has little to say about modern society. But it has a good lead performance and sense of weirdness it well built. The climax is a little disappointing too, particularly in the way the main character responds.
Free Fire: 6/10
My least favourite Ben Wheatley film. While High Rise was an honorable mess, this film is disappointingly dull at times. It's a great and simple premise - an arms deal in a Boston warehouse goes wrong, and a shootout ensues. And that's the film. There's wit in the dialogue and good action at times, but the characterisation is lacking and it's not compensated by raised stakes or any significant climax, instead opting to peter out.
Ghost in the Shell: 4/10
What a disaster. This guy cannot direct long-form cinema. You can tell he comes from ads, because it looks and feels like a very long ad. Characters are shallow, dialogue is awful, but even the action sequences lack true tension, particularly the final one, which feels like the start of something rather than the end. And while the whitewashing issue doesn't really bother me, it is strange that ScarJo's character is given a Japanese name. Just make her a whitey and be done with it! But yeah, hollow, forgettable stuff.
Interesting drama about a retired woman who defends her home against property men who want to build over her building. It sounds familiar, but the director certainly has his own take, particularly in the sexual longing and desires of this cancer survivor as she resists the pleas of her children and those around her to sell her home, and her memories. A great lead performance carries the somewhat slow moments and the rather abrupt ending.
The Love Witch: 5/10
A strange homage to Hammer Horror and genre films of the 60s, in which a young witch tries to recover from her husband's death by putting spells on men to make them fall in love with her. The film tries to make pertinent points about modern feminism, but the film is incredibly slow, long,repetitive, and the intentionally poor performances irritate more than should. Probably because it wasn't the awful acting that made those films good, it was the elements besides that.
I also rewatched Raw, which remains top of my films of the year, and still deserves its place in my Top 100 of the Millennium.
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