October 2014 – Ba, Ba-Ba-Dook, Dook, Dook

FuryFor me October began in Aberdeen, at the city’s first ever international film festival. Though undoubtedly something of a steep learning curve, as told by a patchy programme, technical difficulties and poor audience turn out, it does seem that valuable lessons have been learned and that steps will be taken to ensure that next year’s event is bigger, better and — hopefully — busier. Over two weekends I saw Candlestick, The Bridge Rising, The Backseat, The Raven On The Jetty and The Way He Looks.

I also used that week to catch up on recent releases, including Dracula Untold, Gone Girl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Rewrite and The Maze Runner.

This month I was also able to attend my first press day in ages, since June in fact, travelling through to Glasgow to see Love, Rosie, Say When (to be reviewed this week ahead of its Friday release), This Is Where I Leave You, Jimi: All By My Side and Horns. Unsurprisingly, I was one of the only critics in attendance to enjoy Love, Rosie, which I found very charming indeed. It seems that even after four months the world still isn’t ready to admit that I’m right and it is wrong.

It being the month of Hallowe’en, cinemas were naturally awash with horror, and not always in the form of traditional scary movies. Both ’71 and Fury shocked and appalled, each doing its very best to show the true brutality of war. Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Book Of Life, meanwhile, told child-friendly tales of birthday curses and life after death. Those in search of a more conventional fright night needn’t have looked any further than Ouija and The Babadook, the later of which at least is likely to go down as a supernatural suspense for the ages.

There was also Nightcrawler, as you might have heard, but if you want a glowing recommendation of that one you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Film of the month: Fury






About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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