Attack The Block
Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, and it’s confident – gang of muggy young hoodies on a South London estate are our unlikely heroes when some kind of alien invasion leads to death and destruction.
Rattles along nicely, and with enough pace that you can file away all the uncomfortable class and race stuff until afterwards. John Boyega as gang leader Moses, Alex Esmail as wisecracking Pest, Jodie Whittaker as the nurse they rob, Sam, and Nick Frost as friendly neighbourhood weed deadlier Ron all help keep things moving.
Hitler’s SS: A Portrait In Evil
Less fun than I’d hoped, with brothers Karl and Helmut following different paths in 1930s Germany as Hitler comes to power – the former joining the SA, the latter the SS. Turns out that the flip side of a racially-defined radical interventionist right wing authoritarian regime brought in to power by elements of the reactionary conservative anti-semitic political establishment in association with a natural constituency of rural and suburban petit bourgeoises is a whole bunch of shit, particularly if you’re a Slavic communistic Jew. Now that’s what I call insight.
Still, you do get a double act of Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Bill Nighy (Bill Nighy).
Thank fuck M Night Shyamalan didn’t make this little Croatian gem of a WWI film, as the twist in it would have been a lot less subtle.
Basically a soldier survives a vicious battle on the Galician Front. He avoids scavengers from the other side, swaps identity and uniform with a corpse, and finds himself bumping from one situation to another, swapping identities and sides as he bimbles along. Neven Aljinović Tot is impressive as the mostly catatonic survivor Sergeant Josef, and director Stanislav Tomić hold the viewer’s interest.
Peter Mullan scripts and directs this autobiographical tale of a young boy growing up in the schemes of 1970s Glasgow. Some of the most terrifying scenes I’ve seen. Not perfect, but certainly gripping. Excellent central performance by Connor McCarron as John McGill.