Turns out staying in and making healthy allowances to release dates (due to ongoing circumstances) really ups the numbers on Film Fight, with 12 films in for May.
#FF20 The Decline sees a group of survivalists deal with a grim accident.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 4, 2020
A little slow in the last third, but tensions are built up well. Some nice shots, but the camera occasionally hints at action that isn’t followed through.
All Day And A Night
#FF20 All Day And A Night is a fairly generic take on poverty forcing people into crime, and that cycle repeating.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 8, 2020
It's a worthwhile subject, but there's nothing here you haven't seen before. Jeffrey Wright is very good. The direction is fine. It looks okay
Not bad. Nothing new
The Plagues of Breslau
#FF20 The Plagues Of Breslau is a cheap looking, made for TV quality, police drama.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 8, 2020
Janky editing, contrived story, terrible dialogue, and over the top acting. It reminds me of an awful Seven remake.
#FF20 Uncorked is a light drama about a man who wants to be a Master Sommelier, but whose dad wants him to continue the family business,— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 13, 2020
The tension is well set-up, it's beautifully shot, great dialogue, and charming.
An easy watch, that's got heft at the right times. Very good
#FF20 Swallow is the story of a woman who, frustrated with being a trophy wife for a rich family, is compelled to swallow potentially harmful objects.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 13, 2020
Hard to watch at times, but with some powerful messages. A little slow at times, but very watchable.
#FF20 Sea Fever sees a scientific expedition on a boating vessel go awry, as they discover something infectious.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 13, 2020
Prescient, beautifully shot, fantastically acted and scripted. The whole cast put in solid performances for well-rounded characters.
#FF20 Sergio is the surprisingly good story of a UN diplomat negotiating various dilemmas while falling in love.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 13, 2020
Charming throughout, the lead performances make this. The fragmented structure initially grates, but comes together well.
Slow towards the end, but worth seeing.
Selah And The Spades
#FF20 Selah And The Spades is a reasonably stylish teen drama, with a focus on factionalism and competition.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 25, 2020
Cut in a slightly hazy, dreamy style, while at school, reality bites hard when Selah is with her mother.
A little slow in the last third, but otherwise solid.
#FF20 The Lovebirds is a light-hearted, late-night, comedy about a couple breaking up... and then witnessing a murder.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 25, 2020
The two leads are fantastic, the pace keeps up throughout, and the jokes are well-pitched. Some fun surprises throughout, but a slightly cliched end.
#FF20 Bloodshot is the kinda of film that I should've known better than to watch.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 25, 2020
Some of the early action is better than I expected, but quickly degenerates into messy cuts and CG messes.
The motivations are pretty weak, as is much of the back-half of the film.
Earth and Blood
#FF20 Earth and Blood is a bit of a slog.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 31, 2020
A fairly boilerplate, small, action-thriller, with a washed out colour palette and characters that you’ve seen before.
Slow to start, slow to end, slow in between. It’s not bad, it’s just really generic.
#FF20 Ultras is a look at the violence, tradition, and tribalism at the heart of football in Italy.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 4, 2020
By focussing on both new recruiters who want in, and an older man who mostly wants out, it paints a full picture.
Beautifully shot, with some fantastic camera work. Watch.
The May Winner
At least 3 or 4 films worth seeing, but I think the winner is Uncorked for being more than solid at every level.