A Look Back at July 2020

As the current worldwide health crisis continues to spread in front of us like an incredibly long tunnel with only the tiniest flicker of light at the end, we at least now have some brief moments of respite from the monotony as the cinemas start to re-open (in the U.K. at least, judging by how America is handling the virus, they won’t see the inside of a cinema until apes have retaken the earth) and I can start doing what I do best: getting over-analytical about films that I won’t remember a week into the future.

As I write this, I have visited two different cinemas since their opening was allowed earlier this month, both of which were incredibly positive experiences, made all the better by some very passionate and patient staff, adapting to the ‘new normal’ to the best of their abilities.

The first of which was an independent cinema, and since I have been known to give long, and no doubt exhilarating, lectures on the virtues of independent cinemas, I thought it would be remiss of me not to give them a mention, seeing as they’re doing their best to give great cinema experiences to all who pass through their doors. They’re called Parkway Cinema, and they have a few locations around Yorkshire & The Humber, my nearest is the Beverley cinema, and it is the nicest cinema I’ve ever been to, so if you’re local, check them out.

Not to put down the National and international chains, of course, who provide the main bulk of cinema experiences to the nation, my best wishes and sincerest of gratitudes go to all the staff working to keep the cinema a safe, and entertaining, place to be.

So, what of my reviews this month? Well, I can’t say I’ve been prolific, but I’ve started trying new things so as to not become monotonous. My ‘Evolution of Animation’ series is incredibly fun to put together, so I’ll be continuing that this month with a look at early feature-length animation, as well as the mediums extensive use as a propaganda tool.

Film of the Month: Mother (2009) – Directed by Bong Joon-ho

I had a few great films to choose from this month, Dolemite is My Name came close to claiming my top spot for July, as did Trainspotting, but I can’t look past the first film I reviewed this month; Bong Joon-ho’s Mother.

As my usual readers will know, I liked Bong’s masterpiece Parasite, well, to say I liked it is under-selling it a bit, I didn’t so much review it as propose marriage to it, metaphorically speaking of course, and I’m not far off doing the same to its director, having now seen more of his work.

As I look back on this month, I realise that I am catching up with a lot of things I’ve missed, and honestly, I feel refreshed for having looked at things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise, maybe the slow release of new films will give me a reason to delve a little deeper still, until big releases really start to kick in once more.

Although I look forward to the day when the cinemas can be full again, I am enjoying taking the opportunity to catch up on things I’ve missed, or a few classics that I may not have seen at all, and I look forward to continuing this for at least the next few months.

Speaking of continuing; I’m currently working on a ‘Top 10 Animated Films List’ that I’m hoping to have done in the next week, I also want to review T2: Trainspotting after watching the original, as well as catch up on Netflix’s recent movements. All of this and more will be coming in August, so until then, stay safe, and enjoy whatever you’re watching.

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