The films that influenced me: Joe Waddington

Picking the 10 films the influenced me was by no means an easy task. Sure, it would have been easy to reel off 10 classics and talk about how great they are, but instead, I’ve decided to treat this list as a way to rediscover films that had a profound, emotional impact on me upon first viewing. I’ve seen a great deal of movies in my time however, only a select few have really resonated with me on a greater level than simple enjoyment.

To some, this list may seem a little strange, perhaps even a little obscure, but each of these films has earned its place in my top 10 with rightful cause. Whether they happened to coincide with personal circumstance in my own life, or they covered themes so harrowing they really stuck with me, here are the top 10 cinematic experiences that influenced me as a film fan, a film critic, and even as a person.

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Annihilation Review “Trippy, but beautiful”

Annihilation posterNetflix is known for releasing some pretty impressive stuff. 2018 was the year that the first Netflix film was nominated for an Oscar. It seems they are continuing with their aim of producing quality content, with the recent release of their original film, Annihilation.

Annihilation follows Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who signs up for a secret expedition following the disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac).

First of all: this movie is brilliant. It’s a lingering, static kind of movie, one which blows your mind and makes you think of nothing else for days after. It, much like the Shimmer it is centred around, encompasses everything, drawing the watcher into a deeper state of unrest and curiosity with each passing minute. Continue reading