Posts by Jack Godwin

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How Us Examines the Horrors of Privilege

Jordan Peele‘s Us follows Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), from a mysterious and traumatic event as a child to her return there as an adult. In the hall of mirrors of a Santa Cruz funhouse, she encounters her exact double.

The fear of what she saw that night has stuck with her, but now she isn’t a young girl, wandering off alone, but a grown woman, married with two children, driving down to their luxurious beach house for the summer.

For many, this is the epitome of success – the nuclear family, comfortable, privileged. Gabe (Winston Duke) has his boat, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) has her cellphone, and Jason (Evan Alex) has his toys. This isn’t their first trip to their summer home, it’s become routine. These comforts are all put to one side once their home is invaded, and they come face-to-face with their doppelgängers.

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2018 Film In Review

I took a long time to finish this, but I figured it was better to get it done than leave it to die in my drafts so…

I haven’t done one of these for a while, but it can be a lot of fun to document film experiences from a year in one post – even if this won’t be nearly as comprehensive as my (slightly OTT) post for 2015. As with that, all this goes by UK release dates.

First of all, I’ve contributed a few end-of-year lists for The Digital Fix:

  • I wrote about my top 5 films here, including Widows, Blindspotting, Annihilation, Black Panther and Duck Butter. Not easy choices to make.
  • I spoke about Better Call Saul and Atlanta (my favourite currently-running shows) as well as The Good Place and Daredevil, for our End Of Year Television Review
  • Starred on TDF’s Top Films of 2018 podcast, where I focused on two picks: Annihilation and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

As always you can find my film diary on Letterboxd, where I’ve also made a number of lists that I update over time. There’s also my Best Films of 2018 there too.

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New Podcast

Me and a friend have recently launched a podcast called That ’90s Spider-Man Show, in which we’re going episode-by-episode through Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

We’ve got two episodes up at the moment, and two more due to be uploaded, and it should be turning up on the iTunes store sometime soon. In the meantime you can listen on Soundcloud, see the website, and follow us on Twitter.

Beautiful Boy Review

Being a teenager is by no means easy. Being a parent of a teenager certainly isn’t either. Whether it’s to the well-meaning and beleaguered father David (Steve Carell) or his introverted and troubled son Nick (Timothée Chalamet), it’s through dynamic that most will immediately relate to Beautiful Boy, but things soon take a darker turn.

Nick’s life is put in grave danger by an unexpected foray into hard drugs, leaving his father wondering where exactly it all went wrong – and what being a good father means in this context.

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The Night Comes for Us Review

Timo Tjahjanto alongside Kimo Stamboel (‘The Mo Brothers’) have been making visceral Indonesian action flicks for years now. Their underrated gem from 2016, Headshot, was often described as a second-rate version of The Raid, yet aside from the obvious connections of blood-splattered violence, intense martial arts and a few shared cast members, both have shown a skill for action filmmaking that shouldn’t be downplayed.

In The Night Comes for Us, Tjahjanto goes it alone, taking on singular writing and directing duties, and is once again joined by alumni from The Raid series. But if this film is anything to go by, even one half of the Mo Brothers is a force to be reckoned with.

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How Hereditary Invokes The Fears of Neurodivergent Families

I’ve just started a new series on Film Inquiry, where I write about portrayals of mental illness, health and wellness (both explicit representations and interpretations) in film.

I have a lot of ideas for this series as it goes on, but first of all I’m writing about this year’s biggest horror movie: Hereditary.

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