2017: A Year in Review

Another year is complete, but not without having talked about the wonderful experiences we’ve had at the cinemas. Together with the not-so-wonderful films. But alas, this has been an extraordinary year for films for the highlights still managed to stick their landing inside of our minds – and the inevitable “what about such and such?” will come but I will remind you that it would have been outright impossible for me to have been able to catch virtually every movie that had come out the previous year to make sure I wouldn’t forget other highlights that may not have made it.
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The Long Day Closes – Review


I still remember that feeling of first discovery being made for myself at a young age. I came across Casablanca on Turner Classic Movies when I was 12 years old, and it was a moment that changed my life. And prior to getting into movies, I still found myself a sense of comfort from playing video games. It was a discovery of feeling that has only furthered where I wanted to go with my own life, being behind a shelter the whole time at the fear of what public perception would have brought upon myself. I was only discovering what films could speak large volumes for oneself, no matter what sort they were. And if any other film had spoken large volumes about what that sort of experience was like, there’s a reason I point to Terence Davies’s The Long Day Closes above all else: not only does it remain my favourite of the director’s work but an experience that came right at the perfect moment.

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A Quiet Passion – Review


Terence Davies, one of the best filmmakers working in British cinema today, has only continued to prove his streak of beauty with the autobiographical A Quiet Passion. This sort of material was no surprise to have seen from Davies but in typical Davies fashion it just sweeps me away from its quietness, because there’s a clear love for Emily Dickinson’s poetry which allows for such a captivating experience to come by. And maybe it was right there where Davies only had the most fitting title to describe what he presented here in his work, because he’s shown a quiet passion for life as is – something that he has only ever managed to reflect so beautifully in his career. And maybe it may not be his best work, but it’s everything I love about Davies on the spot and then some.

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