February 2015 – That’s such a Boromir thing to say

The InterviewAlthough much of this month has been spent preparing for, commuting to and writing about the Glasgow Film Festival, I did have time to catch up on February’s wide releases before getting stuck into the programme.

February started strongly with Selma, Ava DuVernay’s rousing account of Martin Luther King’s march to Montgomery, and The Interview, perhaps the funniest satirical action-comedy since South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Either might have made my film of the month, but as moving as Selma might be I doubt it didn’t have quite the same impact as the movie that nearly broke freedom of speech and almost ruined Sony in the process.

Things tapered off a bit after that, with the disappointing Shaun The Sheep Movie, the vanilla Fifty Shades of Grey and the inconsistent Project Almanac. Only Jupiter Ascending really made an impression, though that was as much for its inanity as for its intelligence.

Glasgow Film Festival also started strongly, with Noah Baumbach’s unexpectedly crowd-pleasing comedy drama While We’re Young. Over the first weekend I also watched the excellent Theeb, the surreal Wild Tales, the moody Monsters: Dark Continent, the cantankerous Grump and the tender Short Skin, reviewing most for HeyUGuys and covering the left-overs for this blog here.

I ended the month with another marathon, rounding off my experience of GFF 15 with Fright Fest films The Samurai, Clown, It Follows and The Woods, a documentary about the making of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. At the time of writing it had been an unusually consistent year, setting the bar astoundingly high for Edinburgh International Film Festival in the summer.

Film of the month: The Interview

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

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