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The Round-Up #17 - July 2023

Hey Buffs! Well July wasn't that interminable heatwave that was promised, in the UK at least. Some of you have been baking however, I understand, so my heart (and icebox) goes out to you. It's been a busy month overall, not least with the release of Barbie and Oppenheimer, but the shorts section has been hectic and believe it or not, there were other films released this month as well as those two behemoths. Anyhow, here's hoping you've managed to find a bit of shade for August. This months Round-Up winner is below. Those that know me (or those that have read the review of the remake) will know why I've chosen this version. For now, stay safe and cool, as always. Steve xxx

The Out-Laws (2023) - Okay, okay, I probably had more fun than I really should with this, because if we're honest, it is properly rubbish. Hey, we're allowed guilty pleasures though, right? RIGHT? It has all the imagination and innovation of magnolia paint, but there is some reward in watching these stars be palpably dreadful for a couple of hours. It has fun moments (well, one or two, anyway) and I did enjoy the supporting performances more than the leads in almost every scene. I managed to get to the end and watched almost all of it, which is more than can be said for some others.

Hijacked: Flight 73 (2023) - Coming at me at a rather inauspicious time, what with Idris Elba kicking it on Apple+ at 30,000 feet at the moment, this is a somewhat underwhelming stab at the true(?) events of unfortunate flight from Karachi in 1986. Dubbed the ' the inspiration for the new era of global terrorism' is probably tooting its horn a little too enthusiastically for what it delivers, which is often dull, poorly acted and, I'm told, factually incorrect to boot. Not really worth the effort.

Wham! (2023) - With its feet firmly planted in Wham! and rarely even mentioning the stellar career George Michael enjoyed after his split with BFF Andrew Ridgeley, this is quite refreshing, given the raft of George Michael documentaries released since his untimely death. Even die-hards will find something new here from slumming it for nothing in grotty eighties discotheques to a stunning Final show that saw the partnership come to an end. You can tell that Ridgeley has quite the hand in this as the fanfare seems relatively fairly shared, despite Michael doing most of the heavy lifting, creatively, which the project is not afraid to show.

Asteroid City (2023) - Hand on heart, I can honestly say I have never hated a Wes Anderson picture. There have been some that had me scratching my head, a bit like this one, but we cannot deny his authenticity, originality and reach as writer and director. I admit I love the way he does things in a way that only he can and subsequently what he is famous and also parodied for. In that regard, this is more of the same, but wondered initially if he'd been playing too much Fallout 3.

The Flash (2023) - Started badly and got progressively worse. I don't know who cast Ezra Miller for this, but nope, not good, not a good choice. All the no. This meanders pointlessly from beginning to end. Miller seems to be working for his money, but if he isn't slightly anxious that everyone is taking the piss out of him behind his back, then he really isn't paying enough attention.


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