For October, we have a real mixed batch of 11 films.
#FF21 The Guilty is a surprisingly tense, single-location film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 2, 2021
Jake Gyllenhaal is a police dispatcher who gets involved in helping an abductee, while trying to fight some of his own demons.
Very tense, well-paced, with neat lighting choices. Genuinely gripping.
No Time To Die
#FF21 No Time To Die is an okay Bond film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 2, 2021
It's expositional, flabby, and ridiculous (less so than Spectre), and there aren't that many great action sequences. Malik seems to be having a good time.
Go in expecting that and you'll have an okay time, but it's entirely skippable.
#FF21 Sweet Girl managed to miss my very low expectations.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 23, 2021
The script is barely there, with a cheesy, cliched plot and dialog that misses the mark.
Despite some okay moments, the action is muddled, and the twist is absolutely awful.
The Last Duel
#FF21 The Last Duel is an interesting piece of storytelling.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 23, 2021
While the titular duel isn't that great, seeing the motivations from three perspectives (written by three writers) works well, if it makes things a little long.
Solid performance from Jodie Comer.
#FF21 Cop Shop is a surprisingly fun action film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 23, 2021
As stylised as any of Carnahan's work, but it hits a lot better. His use of space is clear and deliberate, the characters work well as big caricatures, and the pacing works well.
The French Dispatch
#FF21 The French Dispatch is Wes Anderson at his best/worst.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 23, 2021
Each of the three stories is a solid tale, indulging his stylistic choices to the full, but together it starts to feel a bit too long.
I laughed and smiled throughout, but there's flab to be cut.
#FF21 Old is silly, and not in a good way.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 23, 2021
The acting and tone is melodramatic, the script expositional and nonsensical, the characters thinly written, and the whole thing badly paced.
It earns some _very_ creepy moments, but it's not worth watching to get there.
#FF21 Dune is a slow-paced epic that owes as much to fantasy as sci-fi.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 31, 2021
The epic scale is impressive and alien but uninteresting. Sandy exteriors and teal-orange interiors.
It crams a lot in but forgets to show why the main character is worth caring about. So I didn’t.
No Sudden Move
#FF21 No Sudden Move has a decent noir thriller plot and excellent cast, that keeps twisting.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 31, 2021
While there are some excellent moments, shooting everything on anamorphic lenses was a distracting and ugly choice. Some movements were sickening.
Last Night In Soho
#FF21 Last Night In Soho is equally unsettling and beautiful.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) October 31, 2021
The editing, pacing, and performances pull you through the glamour and underbelly of Sixties London; with McKenzie and Taylor-Joy’s performances being standouts.
Hypnotic, and must-see.
Army of Thieves
#FF21 Army Of Thieves takes an interesting premise and gets it wrong in almost every way.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) November 7, 2021
The film is both far too long given the quality, and way too short given the idea. The action is muddy, the comedy silly, and the character development doesn't really turn up.
The October Winner
While The Guilty was surprisingly good, I’m going with Last Night In Soho for October’s best film: stylish, fun, and impeccably made.