Monthly Film Roundup: October 2022

Films Watched: 6

How Many Were First-Time Watches: 5

Best Film: The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

New Releases: Blonde, Black Adam, The Banshees of Inisherin


Blonde (2022)
Far from your usual biopic, Andrew Dominik’s singular vision of Marilyn Monroe’s life is a difficult and uncompromising watch, and it’s hard to judge whether this is a commentary on Hollywood’s exploitation of Monroe, or an addition to it. Despite these tricky issues, the film itself is very well made, the design is beautiful, and Ana De Armas delivers a great performance as the Hollywood icon

Back to the Future (1985)
Perfection. Nothing more can be said about it

Black Adam (2022)
There’s a couple of moments where it looks a bit cool, but other than that this is a blockbuster of the lowest order. The Rock has never been blander, the effects are shoddy, and the direction and screenplay will give you tonal whiplash

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
With perfect script, direction, performances and cinematography, Martin McDonagh has created another masterclass in melancholy. Effortlessly walking it’s delicate tonal line, this is a heartbreaking comedy drama that echoes the pointlessness of the Irish Civil War

The Evil Dead (1981)
What this low-budget cult classic lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for in fun supernatural thrills. A gory cabin-in-the-woods horror that doesn’t outstay it’s welcome, it’s clear how Sam Rami was always destined for greatness

Freaks (1932)
Despite its title, this film presents a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of disability considering its contemporary setting. A simple but macabre murder plot set in a circus makes a great facade for a pretty obvious allegory about class status during America’s Great Depression 

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