Lucky

Lucky 
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Release Date: 14th September 2018
Magnolia Pictures 

Have you been thinking about death much lately? Does the thought of what comes after keep you up at night? How old are you? I used to worry about it at 19, and I still do at 29. But those ten years went way too quick. Like do you still worry about it as much when the reaper is close by? Surely you just get used to the idea, accept it, and all that. Well here we have Lucky, which gives us Harry Dean Stanton at 90 wandering a small corner of America. And of course, he thinks about it every damn day.

Ah, oh, what can you do?
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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman 
Director: Spike Lee
Release Date: 24th August 2018
Focus Features 

Here’s another film about the past to tell us about the present that is 2018, The Post was only the beginning, it’s that sort of time we’re living. It’s a little sad that these sort of things from back when are still prevalent, and it takes a film such as BlacKkKlansman (how do you say it?) to highlight how little things have changed. I mean we already know, or at least we should already know, but sometimes you need to watch a good ol’ buddy cop movie to get a certain perspective on how time is a circle, so here we are.

And most of it is true too. Most of it.
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Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp
Director: Peyton Reed
Release Date: 2nd August 2018
Walt Disney Motion Pictures 

After the epic universe spanning Avengers: Infinity War, here’s something a little smaller in scale. Well a whole lot smaller, really. In fact, so small, it’s on the other end of the spectrum, you have to really squint to see it. Like trying to pick out an ant wandering through an overgrown field. Either that, or I just forgot to wear my glasses when I went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp. (I didn’t, I’m just being… you got it)

 

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Sicilian Ghost Story

Sicilian Ghost Story 
Director: Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza
Release Date: 3rd August 2018
Altitude 

When it comes to ghosts, sometimes a little haunting is necessary. Some deaths are so sad, so horrible, a haunting is required so people don’t forget. Sicilian Ghost Story is such a reminder, telling the tale of Giuseppe, a boy murdered by the Mafia back in 1996. It’s a true story with no joy, no hope, and so, here we are with such things to give a little love to a lingering spirit. It’s Pan’s Labyrinth meets The Fault In Our Stars. A horrific sounding mix.  Continue reading

Pin Cushion

Pin Cushion 
Director: Deborah Haywood 
Release Date: 13th July 2018
BFI Film

Pin Cushion, a nice thing to have if you like your arts & crafts, but you wouldn’t want to be the equivalent of one, right? Right. Unfortunately for some there is no escaping being a human pin cushion, as this very film portrays with such intensity, you can feel each and every prick. Meet the fucked up Lady Bird, the British Welcome To The Dollhouse, and the fantasies fellow pun cushions may share.

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Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying 
Director: Richard Linklater 
Release Date: 26th January 2018
Amazon Studios 

Richard Linklater has tackled a wide range of subject matter over the years, but be it about dreams, teaching kids to rock, murdering teeth grinders, and now the veteran blues. But no matter how radically different each trip through the camera lens may be, that Linklater dialogue is forever present. The film Clint Eastwood wanted 15:17 to Paris to be. Perhaps.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist 
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Release Date: 19th February 2018
Netflix 

Ah, Fullmetal Alchemist, what fond memories I have of you. The 2003 anime was one of the first anime series I watched, and I remember re-watching the four episodes per DVD repeatedly as I waiting impatiently for the next batch to arrive on UK shores.

The story of two brothers on their quest to find the philosopher’s stone followed me through my teenage years thank to the original anime, the manga it spawned from, and the reboot anime of 2009 which gave us a closer take on the black & white pages of alchemy and brotherhood.

It’s a series all about equivalent exchange, and to see the story unfold once more in 2018 via live action, it feels a hefty price has been paid to make such a thing take place.

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