‘We need a story to inspire the nation’ – Their Finest
Four Lions (2010)
The best kind of comedy means something and it founded in truth; that’s why there’s such a fine line between tragedy and comedy. Best described as a provocative comedy with a side of tragedy, this dark and clever movie about a group of devout Muslims who form a terrorist cell is bleak, poignant and very funny.
Kinky Boots (2005)
Kinky Boots has an opening sequence that is beautifully understated and one of my favourite of all-time, and that’s only partially as it’s scored with my favourite song of all time (The Prettiest Star by David Bowie). The film opens with a young boy on a pier whilst waiting for his dad. In that brief moment of being alone he tries on a pair of high heels and feels absolute freedom, that is all-too fleeting. Loosely based on a true story, of how the owner of a struggling shoe factory in the North (played by an unrecognizable Joel Edgerton), that only made shoes for men, teamed up with a drag queen called Lola (an equally unrecognizable Chiwetel Ejiofor) to produce custom footwear for drag queens. Watch this then see the musical in the West End (closing in January 2019).
The directorial debut of Richard Ayoade. Featuring Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine and Gemma Chan. This is the film for every person who went through adolescence feeling like an outsider. It’s funny, tinged with painful familiarity and gorgeously filmed.
The Lost City of Z (2017)
In the future, I truly believe that this film will be seen as a classic that was underappreciated at the time of its release. I had a go at writing about it straight after watching (click here to read it). It doesn’t do justice to a film that is so hypnotic, haunting and masterful. Lush and cinematic, simultaneously hopeful yet fatalistic about the hubris of man – just extraordinary.
I love Brett Goldstein. Two years ago he sent me a tweet about my review of Adult Life Skills and it’s still one of the greatest moments of my Twitter existence. A few months later I saw him at Picturehouse Central but was unable to say anything as I was too starstruck (we were both seeing Tickled – which I wrote about last week). Here he plays Robert Kenner, a postman who was struck by a meteor which bestowed him with superpowers. Using the mockumentary moment, we follow Bob around his hometown of Peckham whilst on his day-off as he tries to negotiate matters of the heart. Charming, sweet and very funny.