Happy September everyone! Blockbuster season is nearly over with only a few out-of-season mega films (e.g. Thor Ragnarok and Star Wars Episode VIII) to come. September/October and March/April tend to be my favourite times to get to the cinema as we’re outside blockbuster season and award season both (though there is still some of that dripping into UK cinemas in March) and as a result a lot of the most interesting, mid-budget films that tend to be my favourites see releases at about this time. This year is no exception with the likes of Wind River (see below), IT, Mother!, Brimstone, The Death of Stalin, The Snowman oh, and the small matter of Blade Runner 2049, all ready to roll in the next couple of months.
This is just a short post to update everyone on the films of 2017 so far. Below you’ll find full rankings for the 61 films I’ve watched this year that I hadn’t seen before.
Sorry folks, this post has been a long time coming. I could blame going on holiday or dental surgery but instead I’ll just chalk this up to my usual excuse (laziness, in case it wasn’t obvious) and move on. The good news is that because it’s been a few months there’s more films to talk about! Yay? You all wanted more of my inane blathering not less, right? Of course you did. 12 reviews incoming. No wonder it took so bloody long to write…
I have been tapping away at my keyboard all this week in an attempt to catch up with my film reviews but the length of time it’s been since my last post (over a month – sorry!) means that it sure is taking a while! Rather than have the blog remain silent for even more time while I continue to flog the dead horse of my wit and invention I’ve put this little post together. The bad news is that there’s only one film review but the good news is that you get a little bonus breakdown of TV reviews too! In my last post I mentioned my new podcast (WIGWIONAWS – What Is Good What Is On Netflix As We Speak) where I dissect television with my co-host Michael but there’s a lot more stuff that I don’t get chance to cover on that so I’ve done my top 10 TV of the first half of 2017 as a little bonus.
I have, for a while, considered branching out from film reviews into TV on Turn Back Sarah but for one reason or another (mostly because I can barely find the time to write the film reviews) I’ve never got to it. Well fear not, dear reader, because if you are now sitting at home or on the bus or on a chairlift reading this and wondering exactly what my thoughts are on the landscape of television I have the answer. Along with my good friend Michael Laycock I’ve started a podcast all about TV that you can find on iTunes, Audioboom and, hopefully, whatever other tool you use to access your pods. It’s called WIGWIONAWS (What Is Good What Is On Netflix As We Speak) it is an hour of unprofessional chit-chat and the sound of my chair squeaking. We’re hoping that as we go along it will become more professional and that I will find some WD40 so please bear with us while we work out what we’re doing. Enough plugging, on with the reviews! Oh, one quick note. From this post on I’ve changed the format very slightly in that the titles of all of the films are now links to the trailers. If you want to take a look just give them a click for a taster.
There’s been a bit of a lull at the cinema recently so I’ve only got three reviews for you today. I fully meant to see Ghost In The Shell but couldn’t quite muster the enthusiasm and failed to persuade my better half that she wanted to spend her Friday night watching a French girl turning into a cannibal (Raw was always going to be a long shot) and so here we are. I am off to see Mulholland Drive tonight however. David Lynch’s masterpiece is getting a re-release, as far as I can tell, simply because that new series of Twin Peaks is coming soon, and I’m not complaining. It’s an amazing, captivating, weird, surreal tour de force and if you haven’t seen it I heartily recommend getting on that right away. If you can’t make the cinematic re-release than catch up with it at home.
Apologies to one and all for the delay in getting this latest installment of movie reviews out. I’ve been somewhat caught up in TV recently which has distracted me from the silver screen. The good news is that this means you’re about to get double value, you lucky sods. Very shortly I’ll be posting up my review of the TV I’ve been watching in the first quarter of 2017 but in the meantime, here’s some film reviews.