A Look Back at June 2020

Well, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

With more businesses starting to re-open, cinemas appear to be starting to join them. My local cinema (a Cineworld, with whom I have an Unlimited card) first announced they would be opening on July 10th, but this has been pushed back to the 31st, here’s an image that expresses my feelings about this:


I jest, of course, with everything going on, re-opening cinemas seem to be very low down on the priority list, and it’s not as if there isn’t an abundance of streaming sites to mine for old favourites and hidden gems.

I haven’t actually reviewed a film in a few weeks, I’ve been doing other things to keep my website running, including starting a new regular series on the history of animation (Evolution of Animation) but I will be reviewing some more films in the coming weeks, including the Trainspotting films, and I’m going to watch the Netflix Eurovision film, probably behind my fingers, but I’ll take new releases where I can.

Film of the Month: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Directed by Denis Villeneuve

I missed this long-awaited sequel during its cinematic run, and after taking a look at the original earlier this month, I thought it was the best time to fill that gap, and I really wasn’t disappointed.

Given the talent both in front and behind the camera, I really shouldn’t have been surprised, but when a franchise has been in hibernation for over three decades, a cautious approach is always advised, but this film was well worth the wait.

Another film worthy of note was Train To Busan, which I also reviewed this month, ahead of discussing Korean films on my podcast, after the effect Parasite had on me, I’m much more receptive of foreign cinema, and I’ve been especially impressed by what I’ve seen of Korea’s output, but for more on that on July’s Major Film Reviews Podcast…

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