Recent film on The Smoke – wot also goes by the name of London Town.
This is the second movie review but already I’m cheatin’ yers. Coz only one of the three picks below is a movie while the other two are made for the telly. But I wanted to include all three together because – almost better than anything else out there today, they do represent my home gaff (London), where I lived for the first 25 years of my life in the 70s and 80s, and there are a few similarities with some of the Muttwits characters – especially regarding Muttwits dialogue and accents. (Btw, the movie and the two series are all available for purchase at Amazon.com)
Blue Story 2019 – directed by Rapman
Blue Story is a tragic tale of a friendship between Timmy and Marco, two young boys from opposing postcodes. Timmy, a shy, smart, naive and timid young boy from Deptford, goes to school in Peckham where he strikes up a friendship with Marco, a charismatic, streetwise kid from the local area. (courtesy ROC Nation)
My take: excellent local film with off-the-street talents and fizzing with energy, passion and an authentic London voice. Reminds me of my own upbringing in South London, on the edge of Brixton – so many summers ago.
The Gentlemen 2019 – directed by Guy Ritchie
An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (courtesy IMDb)
My take: an over-the-top caricature of London nobs and bully-boys. But great fun is had along the way – with Guy Ritchie scriptwriting being a huge influence on the Muttwit stories – an that. Know wot I mean, mayt?
Gangs of London 2020
Tells the story of London being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of its international gangs and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. (Courtesy of IMDb)
My take: slick, kinetic, and a multi-cultural today’s London in feeling, casting and angst. Knew a few of the old gangster families when growing up – my best mate was the son of one of the biggest – but those were the old days when there was honor amongst thieves. Don’t exist no longer I suppose if Gangs of London is a true reflection of today’s state of play. Thoroughly enjoyable and boasting one of the most extraordinary shoot-outs I have ever seen in cinema – Michael Mann’s The Heat might only be a few shots better. Watch it!
Waking Life (2001) – Richard Linklater
This is a movie that I re-watch almost every year and I interpret different things from the dialogues each time. The movie is based on an anonymous character’s dialogues with random people he stumbles upon. Talking mostly about existentialism, each dialogue handles life, reality and society from different perspectives.
The movie tackles the blurry lines between dream and reality thus, the movie is filmed then animated by animation students (each student reflects their individual styles) which adds on to the dreamlike feeling. Isn’t this really how dreams look and feel like?
“Dream is destiny.”
Relatos Slavajes (2014) – Damian Szifron
This movie has six short stories showing the fragile tendency of human towards aggression and madness. Just watch it, I don’t want to give any spoilers. You won’t be disappointed.