Watched Mad to Be Normal (2017)

Interesting subject that challenges our understanding of mental illness. In todays world, where we all have some kind of issue, R.D. Laing’s approach needs to be examined, understood, and implemented. ‪I’m not an expert but it feels more holistic that traditional approaches. There are strong performances from a brilliantly assembled cast, that let a well crafted screenplay, tie them in all kinds of knots.‬

Watched VFW (2019)

This owes more than a little to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). When a young woman takes refuge in a veterans bar, a small group of old soldiers defend their last post against a murderous gang of drug fuelled crazies. This shares more than just the plot with Carpenter’s film. There’s references to the great mans use of typeface, his style of titling, and the driving electronic beats of his scores. Beyond the obvious Carpenter references, it revels in the bright colour extremes and explosive gore you’d expect to see in one of Dario Argento’s “giallo” films of the 1970’s. There are great performances from a cast of veteran actors who feature in many of the VHS “grindhouse” films that might once have been slandered as “video nasties”. Entertaining stuff from new writers Max Brallier and Matthew McArdle, and the director Joe Begos, who’s other films I’ll be seeking out.

Watched I See You (2019)

There are several interesting things about what is, at it core, a fairly standard serial killer thriller. There’s a clever midpoint twist that turns everything on its head, and gives you a whole new understanding of what happened in the first half. Good but not great.