Most Overlooked Films Of 2018 (Part Two)

A Happy New Year to everyone! Yesterday’s Part one of Most Overlooked Films of 2018, it’s time for part two.

Here at The Peoples Movies, we adore all films and find it heartbreaking when the smaller films don’t get the credit they deserve. Whilst we have nothing against the big blockbusters who dominate the screens nationwide, we just want to appreciate all films. Including those smaller, independent releases that don’t always get the distribution they deserve. Or they only play at film festivals or go directly to home release.

Related: Most Overlooked Films Of 2018 (Part One)
American Animals | Review

How can four students think they can walk into a busy university library steal one of the rarest books in the world and walk right out? In Bart Layton’s film, four 4 young men thought they could, nearly done it. In an entertaining tense mix of crime thriller and documentary based on the audacious attempt to steal a book that’s rare and so big needs at least two people to carry. That big you can’t fit in a pocket either! Ironically the real book is in Glasgow, Scotland, in Mitchell’s Library, guarded by an older lady! Very close to our HQ!

Out to own 14th January | (buy)
The Night Eats The World

A Zombie flick in any positive end of year flick might shock a few of you. The Walking Dead may have made things exciting a few years ago, but not so much now. A French Zombie flick with Denis Levant as one of the undead is enough for us to check it out! Anders Danielson Lie (Personal Shopper) is Sam who passes out at a party only to awake to find everyone is now a fully paid member of the undead. The nightmarish scenario for anyone especially in a strange place and in one apartment. Sam must tackle solitary confinement, tension having to be on his own, hunt for food, most of all a way to escape. The zombies don’t groan, still terrifying prospect you can’t make any noise. One for those folks who enjoy A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Ravenous

Out Now on DVD | (Buy)
Three Identical Strangers | Review

If you have ever seen the brilliant Searching For Sugarman, you’ll adore this one. Never judge a book by its cover as not all what it seems and if you keep with it you’ll be treated with an amazing twist. This story is totally nuts and one that is set up to be a film from the first time it was told. You probably won’t believe its a true story first time you see it, but it is! But how can three identical brothers find themselves separated at birth? Just have to watch this one

Still in some cinemas nationwide, check local listings
Bad Times at The El Royale | Review

After the success of the Cabin In The Woods, there was a lot of buzz that Bad Times At The El Royale will be a long-awaited follow-up. How disappointed some folks were when they realised it wasn’t. That didn’t mean this was a bad film, far from it. Apart from the 2hour plus running time (141 minutes) and the film also a slow burner it wrongly put a lot of cinephiles off going to watch this. Part neo-noir, fans of Tarantino films, dark comedy films will love this. Great Mowtown songs, Kitsch stylings, double-crossing, bank robbing and Charles Manson-esque hippie cults. Very off-kilter, great entertainment much like Goddard’s previous film.

Out To Own 4th February 2019 | (Buy)
A Simple Favour

Paul Feig swaps his comedic roots for something leaning towards Gone Girl. A Simple Favour in the eyes of many eyes was seen as a complete mess. But its weakness is actually its selling point, a film that doesn’t know what it wants to be Noir? Crime? Drama? Erotic Thriller? Comedy? It’s essentially a bit of everything and thanks to brilliant performances by its two leading ladies Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, you have one of the smartest, ludicrously fun films. All films don’t have to be serious all the times, just be entertaining and this genre-bending film certainly is!

Out to own on 21st January 2019 | (Buy).
Beast | Review

When it comes to UK films in Best films lists every year, they are as rare as a funny Adam Sandler joke. A British film that floats its boat in several genres; Horror, crime, thriller is it even a fairytale? A mix of mix of eroticism and paranoia intertwined, inspired by the true story of the Beast of Jersey. Edward Paisnel who attack Women on the island in the 1960s but never killing anyone. Is Pascal (Flynn) based on him? Or is Mol (Buckley) world caving in around her? This is an alluring, gritty, gothic, a confident debut feature from Michael Pearce built on spine-chilling atmosphere. Superb performances from Jesse Buckley and Johnny Flynn and if you need any further evidence the British film industry is alive and well, watch this.

Out Now To Own

Cory Finley’s film has a very dark heart. One for humour another for murder, as childhood friends Lily & Amanda (Anya Taylor-Joy & Olivia Cooke) one brought up with the luxury of wealth, the other social outcast. Polar opposites brought together by one thing to commit murder to kill Lily’s tyrannical father. The film was also one of Anton Yelchin’s final films before his tragic death. An dispiritedly dark, slow-burning excellent debut from Finley, one with a few unexpected turns plenty of deadpan humour to make this one a potential cult hit favourite years to come.

Out Now on DVD
Shoplifters | Reviews

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters is a perfect glimpse into family life and (lack of) Wealth in Japan. A Palme d’Or winner at Cannes which could potentially be an Oscar winner in a couple of months. Uplifting family drama, an empathetic tale of a family struggling to survive and are forced to steal. Capitalism in all its forms is ugly and attacks those on the lowest ebb. The plight of the family is showcased, forced into stealing despite having poorly paid jobs. The film resonates a lot with the UK and Universal Credit, life is hard but the film, has a lot of tenderness, one of social commentary, marginalisation, a sweet story of humanity.

Coming soon to home release
You Were Never Really Here | Review

Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here plot may not be original, but the delivery and character study of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joe what sells this film. Jonny Greenwood’s score is electrifying, A sensory overload, which is infectious, intense and with help from Paul Davies the overall sound design leaves you disorientated. Phoenix is an adamaged human being with a heart of tenderness. He looks after his sickly mother but also rescues children who have been kidnapped for sex trafficking. There is plenty of the Art House stylings you’ll expect from the Scottish film maker. The film is also her most accessible film to date that is a tense, complex, visceral experience. One that will gut punch you at every chance it will get.

Mandy | Review

Panos Cosmatos’ will probably be the craziest film you’ll see. A psychosexual wet dream to the heavy metal gods, grindhouse meets hallucinatory mindf*ck. There the expected Cage Rage too! Nicolas Cage Plays a lumberjack Red with Andrea Riseborough as his wife Mandy who goes on an LSD Fuelled revenge when a group of satanic cultists brutally murder his wife. Brutal, pulpy, pulsating, this is one film you have to see yourself.