Greetings everybody, and a very Happy New Year to you.
I hope the festive period was kind to you; that you ate, drank and were merry, and you didn’t decimate your sleeping pattern as thoroughly as I did.
Now it’s all officially over *sob*, it’s time to get back to the daily grind. For me, that means the second half of my internship at Kash. There are a whole mountain of things I still want to do whilst I’m here, but one of the more pressing items on that list is that I have to make a film.
This is one of the coolest parts of the Kash internship: you get the chance to make a short film about whatever you want. The only prerequisite being, in my boss’ words, that “you’ve got to make it good.”
But what constitutes a “good” film?
There’s no way that everyone can like the same thing. That’s just not how life works. Even IMDB’s number one top highest rated film ever The Shawshank Redemption was criticised in 2004 by Ed Gonzalez for depicting prison life in a “nostalgic” way. The film has 9.3 stars out of 10 on the site.
However, if you take out personal opinion, there is a pretty easily definable line between a “good” film and a “bad” film. Take The Room, which has been labelled “The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”. Everyone agrees that it is bad. Like really bad. However, some people still love it.
With the Golden Globes dominating headlines, I decided to talk to those in the know (AKA my colleagues) about which films made their “great film list” this year.
Simon (Head of Production):
Dunkirk: “Loved the pace, it was so slow and mundane in paces and then absolutely terrifying. I felt it represented the true nature of war, and provided a real insight into human nature and fear.”
Honourable mentions: Get Out (2nd place); La La Land; Guardians of the Galaxy 2; Logan; The Big Sick; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Dr Strange; Baby Driver.
Get Out: “So many reasons…”
Honourable mentions: Blade Runner; Logan; Thor: Ragnarok; Guardians of the Galaxy; Baby Driver; Spider Man: Homecoming; It.
Baby Driver: “For pure entertainment blockbuster. Edgar Wright is back on form, in my opinion he became the new Tarantino with that film.”
mother!: “For tweaking your brain.”
Honourable mention: Dunkirk (“incredible piece of filmmaking, the decisions made in the film were fantastic – there’s no gore!”)
Kash honourable mention goes to Moonlight; almost every single person mentioned it, and even though it appeared on multiple newspapers’ ‘Best of 2017’ list (@ The Guardian, @ The Independent), we decided that whilst it deservedly won three Oscars in 2017, it inarguably was released in 2016.