For July, there are 10 films in the fight.
#FF21 Freaky is an okay body-switch horror/comedy.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 4, 2021
Vince Vaughn absolutely nails his performance, as a teenage girl stuck in a serial killer body.
Everything else feels a bit by-numbers, and looks a little cheap.
Easy watching, but not great.
#FF21 Minari is an excellent film, about struggling to better your life, and failing to communicate with your partner.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 4, 2021
Stuffed with so many good performances, Yuen stepping out is even more of an achievement.
Beautiful, thoughtful, sad, desperate, and joyful.
The Tomorrow War
#FF21 The Tomorrow War is terrible.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 4, 2021
Poor effects, generic art direction, tealy-orange grading, bad acting (except Strahovski and Simmons), muddled action sequences, no narrative coherence, cliched motivations. I could go on.
There is little redeemable here. Avoid.
#FF21 Body Brokers is a decent story about the business of addiction treatment in the US; and how its not always set-up to help.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 11, 2021
Overbearing narration aside, the film works well: good performances, clear plot, maybe a little obvious.
#FF21 Honest Thief is yet another entirely forgettable bit of Liam Neeson fodder.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 11, 2021
Clearly made on a budget, with bland action, a nonsense plot, and the constant reminder that character quirks are not characterisation.
#FF21 Black Widow is pretty uneven.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 11, 2021
For every decent action sequence there’s one with janky editing or CG, for every good performance there’s a bad accent, funny moments meet tonal mismatches.
Plot is a mess. A mid-lower tier Marvel, for sure.
#FF21 Clemency is a powerful look at the death penalty and the toll it takes on the humanity of all involved parties.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 1, 2021
The lead performances from Woodard and Hodge are stunning. Direction and pacing pull you through a difficult situation.
Affecting, powerful, tragic. Must see.
#FF21 First Cow is a fairly unique film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 1, 2021
Slow, and gentle; initially about friendship in a fairly uncaring frontier. It shifts slowly into something else, where risks are taken because it's the only way out.
Restrained, quiet, and intriguing. Worth seeing.
#FF21 Gunpowder Milkshake does better than most knock-offs at capturing the essence of John Wick.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 1, 2021
The action is decent and clearly shot, though not as polished. It's in the world building it does best, with clear stakes; all shot through with saturated neon colours.
The Suicide Squad
#FF21 The Suicide Squad is certainly an improvement on Suicide Squad.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) August 1, 2021
Less dour, with some of DCs weirder characters left to be unashamedly different. Fairly funny for the most part. Some of the action works, some doesn't, and the pacing struggles towards the end.
The July Winner
The winner for July is Clemency, a film that’ll be hard to watch again.