October’s Film Fight has six films to choose from…
#FF18 Operation Finale tells an interesting dramatic story, but just a little too flatly.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 6, 2018
Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley are, as always, great, but much of the dialogue is heavy-handed and production-line.
It’s worth seeing, but not a classic.
The Land of Steady Habits
#FF18 The Land of Steady Habits is an interesting indie film, following several self-involved characters as they start to come to terms with their behaviour.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 7, 2018
Performances are good across the board, with Edie Falco a particular stand-out.
Solid, interesting, worth seeing.
Bad Times at the El Royale
#FF18 Bad Times At The El Royale has a modern pulpy feel. While the last act drags a little, the story telling up until then works well through fragmented vignettes.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 14, 2018
Entertaining if a little longer than it needs to be. Good.
#FF18 Apostle is a modern Wickerman, with kidnapped sisters, religious cults, blood letting, and other weirdness.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 14, 2018
Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen are particularly good, but this is a solid cast.
Something of a departure for Gareth Evans (The Raid), but he does well.
#FF18 Private Life is an interesting small film, about an older couple desperately trying to conceive.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 21, 2018
Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are both excellent, getting across frustrations and arguments as well as laughs at the right moments.
Tough to watch in places, but very good.
#FF18 First Man follows Neil Armstrong from the devastating loss of his daughter through to the moon landing.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 21, 2018
Gosling plays it restrained as he begins to crack, while Foy brings a tonne of energy.
Over zoomed close-ups and static cams put you right in the moment.
The October Winner
Some very strong choices this month, but October’s winner is First Man. Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling bring a beautifully understated and very personal take on the moon landings to life.