So, two months, and twenty-two films, into 2020 and the year is starting to take shape a bit more.
We’re still to see any of the year’s real blockbusters, arguable the biggest release of the year has been Sonic the Hedgehog, and although that film was better than it had any right to be, I’m still hesitant to call it a ‘blockbuster’.
This was the month in which Hollywood celebrated itself on stage at full volume once again, as the Oscars rolled around once more, managing to shock the world by acknowledging that any country apart from the U.S can make great films, much to the shock of many, who hadn’t dreamed that the Academy could possibly have grown self-aware.
As for myself it was a bit of a catch-up month as the UK schedule finally saw fit to release some films that our cheeseburger-inhaling cousins have already had for several months, something that’s still the case now, as I won’t catch some late-February releases now until March, but some of them might even by worth the wait.
Quality-wise February has been like a line-graph drawn by Jackson Pollock, my spirits were not at their highest after I’d watched Dolittle and feared that it might be an omen for the remainder of the month, but my month got instantly better with the next film I saw, which brings me nicely onto…
Film of the Month: Parasite – Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Of course it is, were you expecting any different?
Following Dolittle with Parasite is a bit like S Club 7 warming up for Freddie Mercury; the contrast between artistic creation and execrable committee-designed garbage is stark, it’s difficult to believe they belong to the same medium, such is the difference.
Parasite made me fall in love with film all over again, and I’ve spent the subsequent few weeks since seeing it fawning over it to everyone I meet, igniting a passion that a million dry and predictable money-spinners couldn’t quash.
Go and see it, then take a friend and show them how good it is. Suffice to say it’ll take a minor miracle to displace it from the top of the films list come the end of the year.
So, what do we have to look forward to in the next few weeks? Well, I’m starting off with a documentary; It Starts With a Song, focusing on the importance of Nashville songwriters, then I’ll be paying a visit to Blumhouse to meet The Invisible Man, as well as divulging some political intrigue in Dark Waters and returning to the monster-infested apocalypse for A Quiet Place Part II. A varied month ahead, then