Claire, Sherief and Tom swing into action to talk SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, and look through the rest of the week’s new releases. Plus, Sherief gives us his highlights from this year’s Munich Film Festival.
The Sound & Vision team assemble to talk about AVENGERS ENDGAME.
Warning – may contain some mild spoilers.
Tony, Claire, Tom and Sherief review CAPTAIN MARVEL, and the latest films available to rent/buy/stream, including BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.
The Sound & Vision team pick their favourite films of 2018 – including AVENGERS INFINITY WAR, INCREDIBLES 2, COCO, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THREE BILLBOARDS, ISLE OF DOGS and ROMA – and play music from some of the year’s best soundtracks.
Listen to more of our favourite soundtracks of the year on our Spotify playlist, containing tracks from Blackkklansman, Bad Times at the El Royale, I Tonya, Three Billboards, Buster Scruggs, Coco, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, Climax, Black Panther, Infinity War, Mission Impossible Fallout, Incredibles 2, Lady Bird, Shape of Water, Halloween, Suspiria, Phantom Thread, Cold War and Widows.
Tom, Sherief and Claire chat about the latest big new releases – FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDLEWALD, SUSPIRIA, and WIDOWS. It’s also a bumper week for some of this year’s best films now available to rent/buy/stream – we review INCREDIBLES 2, FIRST REFORMED, LEAVE NO TRACE, and THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS. All this, and a Stan Lee tribute.
Jane & Claire look back at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, and pick out some of their favourite films, including THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, IN FABRIC, SUSPIRIA, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, THE FAVOURITE, THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD and GREEN BOOK.
We also take a look at the latest releases to watch in cinemas or at home, including the awesome MANDY.
Dir: Mike Leigh Length:2hrs 34Mins
You will probably fall into two camps in watching this film; either you’ll be enthralled or you’ll be bored. Whichever of the two camps you fall into probably depends on your attitude to scenes of 19th Century working class life. Admittedly, this film does take a long time to get to the dramatic and shocking events of 16th August 1819, but you feel by the end that the journey is worth it. The massacre itself comes after we follow a number of vignettes showing the gap between working class life and the life of everybody else. One man is sentenced to hang for stealing a coat.
There are three main stories; the magistrates and the home secretary
and their plans to stop the pro-democracy gathering (Manchester has no MP), the Manchester Observer and their efforts to secure Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear (a London landowner and noted reformer)) to speak at the gathering and the family of Nellie (Maxine Peake) who’s son has walked back from the battle of Waterloo.
All performances are excellent and feel natural, all the language seems of the period. This is, for me, measured film making rather than slow. Others may disagree. The look of the film is very good, excellent use of the moors around Manchester and the city itself is recreated well. All period detail is present and correct. If you are happy to witness the best lesson on the Peterloo massacre, then you’ll enjoy this film.
Jane & Claire select some of the must see movies from this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Full programme lisitings can be found at bfi.org.uk/lff
Claire & Jane review SOLO, and take a look at the latest releases to rent/buy/stream, including COCO, THREE BILLBOARDS, THE POST and THE SQUARE.