Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Kim will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether your choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.
Kim’s Pick – Freaks (2019)
Recently released digitally and having the physical release on December 10th, Freaks is a new take on humans with special abilities. Call them superheroes if you’d like but its not really that. In fact, Freaks is one that tells a story about a father who keeps her daughter in the vicinity of their home to protect her from the dangers of the outside world, urging her that she isn’t ready as they keep practicing to “be normal”.
The best way to go into this film is knowing as little as possible and letting the story itself unfolds into its many twists and turns for each of the reveals about both of these characters and this mysterious old man in the ice cream truck calling himself Mr. Snowcone. While its set in the home, the world outside is discovered with the little girl as she breaks from her confined area and starts to see more outside and why and what her father protects her from becomes more and more apparent by the end of this alternate reality (of sorts) created in this film.
Freaks boasts a rather nice cast with young actress Lexy Kolker as the little girl as a 7 year old Chloe who doesn’t really understand the world around her except the protected world and ends up having to come to terms with all the discoveries and her abilities. At the same time, she is paired with Emile Hirsch as her father who delivers a rather subtle and intense role simultaneously whereas they are faced with Mr. Snowcone as the mystery ice cream truck man played amazingly by Bruce Dern.
Freaks isn’t your typical type of science fiction and “superheroes”. In fact, these characters have a lot of depth as Chloe lets us see this film’s world and mysteries and confusing events through her eyes and her experiences for the most part and that adds so much to making this a movie that will keep its viewers guessing. Each character that the film introduces has its purpose in the grand plan that keeps getting mentioned but it all comes together by the end as the characters get linked properly together and everyone embraces their true selves. Well-executed, well-paced and a nice story set with a certain level of subtlety and mystery makes Freaks a film worth checking out.
Elwood’s Pick – Girls Und Panzer The Movie (2015)
Set after the events of the series though at the same time it’s not essential to have seen it to enjoy this fun dose of anime comedy action as here we are presented once more with the world of “Sensha-do” or “The Way of the Tank” as high school girls engage in the sport of competitive tank battles.
In the series the girls of Ooarai Girls High School battled to save their school by wining the Sensha-do tournament, a victory we are now told counted for nothing leaving the girls facing being split up until they are offered another chance to save the school if they can defeat a university team. What follows is an action packed ride which is bookended by lengthy tank battles which if your like myself is only a big plus seeing how tanks just make everything better.
Bringing back the same colourful cast of characters which not only make up the Ooarai team but also the rival teams which they faced in the series and this time get to roll into battle with. Combined with a real sense of fun from the exchanges between the girls but this time also extends to the tank battles with director Tsutomu Mizushima an anime veteran with his credits including the original series but here he really takes the fun to another level as tanks fly through the sky while also rumbling through a shopping centre with the finale seeing the teams battling their way through a fun fair.
While it might seem like another addition to the “Schoolgirls do….” anime sub-genre much like the show the film manages to rise above being just cute schoolgirls in tanks creating like the series an experience which is just a fun and constantly suprising ride from start to finish and a great addition to Netflix’s Anime libary.
So you’ve seen our picks for this week’s double feature but what are your movie watching plans this weekend?
Let us know in the comments section below.