A relatively quiet month, due to being busy with a few other things, so only four films in the fight.
The Rhythm Section
#FF20 The Rhythm Section is a solid, if somewhat unremarkable, spy thriller.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) February 2, 2020
The training montage in the middle is a little overlong, and there's plenty of cliche to go around, but it mostly just gets on with things.
#FF20 Uncut Gems is a deliberately messy film. It's hard to watch without feeling overwhelmed by the relentless bad choices that make sense within the framework of the world— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) February 9, 2020
Sandler is excellent as a self-aggrandising, optimistic, destructive gambler.
Well-paced, tense, great.
#FF20 Underwater is the Alien remake that no-one asked; from the characters to the visuals, this is Alien.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) February 9, 2020
The setting means that some shots are overly murky, to it's detriment, but it mostly works.
It starts fast and wastes no time. Forgettable, but fine.
#FF20 Horse Girl is an odd film about a woman who is... different, and follows her as her life goes out of control.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) February 9, 2020
Alison Brie is fantastic as the lead: switching between homely and quiet, to obsessed and frantic as necessary.
Go in without knowing much. A solid indie film.
The February Winner
The winner for February is Uncut Gems. Tense, anxiety-producing, with an ending that’s as effective as it is inevitable.