Right. Start of September. It’s getting darker quicker, the world starts to feel a little smaller, scarier and bleaker. You need some comfort telly, which I am more than happy to provide!
Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022: Prime Video: 139 mins)
An aging Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) is swept up in an insane adventure, in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led. One of the most profound and moving sci-fi films I’ve ever seen, as well as being mental and a lot of fun.
If you like this, you might like: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022), Minari (2020)
Paper Girls (2022: Prime video: 8 x 40 mins)
What if your preteen self, collided with your early 40s self? On Hell Day 1988, whilst doing their paper round, four girls unwittingly time travel to 2019. While searching for a way home, they come face-to-face with their adult selves and learn how to work together to save the world. Thought-provoking and endearing sci-fi.
If you like this, you might like: A League of Their Own (2022-), The Umbrella Academy (2019-)
Son of Rambow (2007: Netflix: 96 mins)
During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds (Bill Milner & Will Poulter) set out to make a film inspired by First Blood. One of the most delightful things you could ever possibly show your eyeballs.
If you like this, you might like: Submarine (2010), Boy (2010)
Drag SOS (2019: Netflix: 6 x 45 mins)
Drag collective The Family Gorgeous help unlikely protégées to unlock their long-lost confidence and become bolder, braver drag-enhanced versions of themselves. Wonderful feelgood telly.
If you like this, you might like: Queer Eye (2018-), We’re Here (2020-)
Romcomdram of the week: The Edge of Seventeen (2016: Netflix & BBC iPlayer: 97 mins)
When this film arrived, it felt like it could be heralded return of the impeccable teen movie. Whilst a few others folded, they didn’t equal this one. High school misfit Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) only has one friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), an older brother who has always eclipsed her and a crush on a boy who doesn’t knows she exists. Life is unbearable, but at least she has an ambivalent teacher (Woody Harrelson) to listen to her complaints… A proper coming of age story that isn’t afraid to show teen years for how crappy they really are.