Another fairly busy month, with 10 films in the fight.
#FF18 Proud Mary is fine. Yes, the plot is cliched and the dialogue gets a bit cheesy towards the end. There’s not much here you haven’t seen before, and the budget is showing.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 3, 2018
But, it’s still fine. Some of the action works well. The acting is decent. It’s okay.
A Quiet Place
#FF18 A Quiet Place is an exceptional horror film, that builds its world with little exposition. As the scenario unfolds and tension builds, we are always painfully aware of the stakes, all done in near silence.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 5, 2018
The sound design is subtle. The camera work is clear. Very good.
Do You Trust This Computer?
#FF18 Do You Trust This Computer? poses some big questions but is too shallow to really tackle them.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 8, 2018
Documentaries of this style (fast-cut talking heads that never dig deep into an issue) are not my thing. I’d prefer my focus and depth. Fine starter, but not much more.
#FF18 Ghost Stories does an excellent job of building up some tense horror, full of good jump scares. Of the three main stories, Paul Whitehouse’s section is a stand-out.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 12, 2018
That said, the framing device fails to deliver more than a cliched ending. Good, but slips in the last act.
#FF18 6 Balloons is a good movie about dealing with someone you love who has an addiction.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 12, 2018
Difficult to watch at times, but compelling. Great acting and dialogue. The final moments are a little much, but that’s a relatively small nit to pick. Good.
#FF18 Roxanne Roxanne is a dramatised biopic about the life of Roxanne Shante. It’s a difficult watch due to some of the content, but the performances and direction are excellent.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 15, 2018
I don’t want to say much more about it. Just see it. Very good.
Isle of Dogs
#FF18 Isle of Dogs is everything you’d expect from a Wes Anderson animated film: quirky but deadpan characters, in a weird situation, with his sense of humour shining through the myriad of geometrically arranged shots.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 15, 2018
I enjoyed this (less than Fantastic Mr. Fox). Good.
#FF18 Thoroughbreds has something going on. It’s hard to describe why it’s so fascinating. The performances and writing are solid. Some of the longer shots are really well done. Weirdly, though, there are a few bits where the focus is off.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 17, 2018
A little slow at the end, but good.
#FF18 Sun Dogs doesn’t land it. The characters, setting, and tone don’t cohere into something worthwhile. It looks and feels cheap, with barely fleshed out characters acting to the script, rather than any kind of inner agency.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 17, 2018
It’s not awful, but it’s not very good.
#FF18 Come Sunday has strong performances, as the leads have various crises of faith. Chiwetel Ejiofor is particularly great as the conflicted pastor at the heart of the story.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 28, 2018
It looks interesting enough, and works reasonably as a story. Okay.
The April Winner
Despite some strong choices this month, the winnner was easy for me: A Quiet Place is so well-executed on every front that nothing else was going to do it.