Here’s a few of Love London Love Culture’s favourite films of 2018…
- Mary Poppins Returns: this glorious sequel to the 1964 film sees Mary Poppins return to help the Banks children once more – with plenty of magic, fun and songs along the way. The excellent cast are clearly having the times of their lives, making this an absolute joy to watch.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: this latest instalment is certainly more action packed as Grindelwald escapes imprisonment and attempts to gain followers. But with Newt and the gang back together (as well as numerous beasts) to try and help prevent Grindelwald gain more power – it leads to a gripping and darkly intense film that begins to interweave effectively the Harry Potter story.
3. The Happy Prince: this fascinating drama focusing on the final days of Oscar Wilde’s life as he reflects on the highs and lows of his life is deeply engaging and heart wrenching to watch from beginning to end. It features an absolutely stellar performance from Rupert Everett as well as a strong supporting cast.
4. Dusty & Me: what a heartwarming story this was to watch unfold. It has all the makings of a lovely little British comedy as the story focuses on the relationship between Derek and his greyhound dog Slapper – both outcasts in their own way but soon blossom in confidence as their bond grows.
5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: filled with fun, great Abba songs and wonderful cast – this was a surprisingly great sequel to watch and ties up a few of the loose ends from the original nicely. Lily James is absolutely brilliant as the adventurous and brave young Donna, while it is lovely to see Julie Walters and Christine Baranski back on screen together – equally hilarious throughout.
6. An American in Paris (cinema screening): LLLC’s Kirsty Herrington watched a special cinema screening of the West End production earlier this year which she said: “boasts a talented cast, slick choreography and toe-tapping tunes. Who could ask for anything more?”
7. DVD review: Pitch Perfect 3: this feels like the most grown up and mature one of the series and it works really well, showing what the other films in the series could have been like. Pitch Perfect 3 features incredible vocals as well as a strong bond between the cast which is lovely to see, making the film feel quite bitter sweet.
8. DVD review: Battle of the Sexes: Emma Stone and Steve Carell were surprisingly impressive in this film that tells the background story to the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. But the film also impresses in the way in which it handles the sexual politics on and off the court in the 1970’s – worth watching if you haven’t seen it.
9. DVD review: Films Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: featuring two absolutely stunning performances from Jamie Bell and Annette Bening, this is an immensely powerful film to watch. Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, it follows the relationship between Gloria Grahame and Peter Turner in the final years of her life, making for heartbreaking but compelling viewing.
10. This Beautiful Fantastic: quirky but immensely enjoyable, This Beautiful Fantastic combines nature and friendship that has been beautifully directed by Simon Aboud.