York Student Cinema: 5 Best Picks

This term at YSC there are some really great films, if you only see 5 it should be these…and Godzilla again. 

Only Lovers Left Alive

A film that meanders cooly throughout and never once decides to give us any action. Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale is an excellent romp filled with style, sophistication, and cheesy jokes about Shakespeare to boot. I think I like it a lot because it never takes itself too seriously, it’s trashy and it knows it. Not to mention, Tilda Swinton is superb as the charismatic Eve.

The Double

Richard Ayoade’s second feature is every bit as good as Submarine you’ll be pleased to know. The key to both films is their willingness to make the audience truly empathise with its weird and sometimes nightmarish characters. The fear of never being noticed is a universal fear and Ayoade milks it for all its humour and pathos. Jesse Eisenberg is really great in the two roles and for my money shows why he is one of the most exciting young actors working in film today.

Jersey Boys

I wanted to dislike this film but I just couldn’t. Clint Eastwood directs with his usual steely brilliance and weaves a rise and fall fame story that is fun and at one point really touching. The music however is the true star and by the end of the film you’ll be resisting the urge to stand up and applaud. An example of how the strength of the source material can cover up the cracks in the execution.

Belle

I reckon this might be the worst screening for YSC in terms of numbers but Belle is the second best film showing at the cinema this term. It is an important film, but also like all great period dramas centred around a love story, hugely entertaining. Themes of race and gender discrimination aren’t just touched upon coyly but placed firmly at the centre of proceedings. Belle is a perfect accompaniment to 12 Years A Slave, and despite not being at all violent is still often hard to watch.

Frank

Probably my favourite film of the year so far. Frank is a truly individualistic piece of filmmaking, genuinely funny, genuinely moving and genuinely weird. Michael Fassbender gives another incredible performance as Frank, a man who lives and breathes music, so much so that it is the very thing that keeps him together. “I love you all!”

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Ben Sayer

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