Isolation Cinema: Frank Mason
In the next instalment of our ‘Isolation Cinema’ series, Frank Mason, Head of Events at Averys Wine Merchants – and a familiar face if you’ve been to any of our Vintage Screenings – tells us his top picks, including peak Nicolas Cage, an underrated “zom-com” and some strong opinions on Star Wars!
With a two year old in the house, the only films we’ve really watched since lockdown are Frozen, Frozen 2 and Frozen again!! In the few moments between putting our daughter Irene to bed and passing out ourselves, I have enjoyed the following films…
Little Monsters (2019)
An amazing hidden gem that people may not have heard of, but worth watching. About a teacher protecting her class from a zombie outbreak at a petting zoo! It’s hilarious if a bit dark, especially watching young children beat up zombies with plastic golf clubs. (Available on Now TV.)
Super weird, super surreal, Nicolas Cage at his finest (although we all know that for every good Cage film there’s 20 bad ones!)! Pure arthouse weirdness that’ll keep you fully gripped if you can follow it! A grisly tale of revenge against an evil sadistic cult that kidnapped Cage’s wife. (Available on Amazon Prime).
The Emperor’s New Groove (200o)
In my opinion the best Disney film ever. The humour is certainly aimed at a slightly older age, and breaks the fourth wall a few times. Emperor Kuzco gets turned into a llama and must try to regain his throne. Irene might be a bit too young for it still but it’s animated so I can get away with it! “Pull the lever Kronk – wrong lever…!!” (Available on Disney+).
Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)
I re-watched this the other day, and was reminded how great it was. It has a much darker tone than other Star Wars films, which expanded the story of stealing the plans for the Death Star. It had great potential of taking the franchise forward before The Last Jedi and Solo messed it up. I thought it had a better cast than the new trilogy. (Available on Disney+).
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
A brilliant telling of the Queen story. Rami Malek IS Freddie Mercury! I thought the story and their rise to fame was really well told. I grew up listening to Queen and was nice to see their success told. Although, I can never remember the names of drummer or bass player – sorry, anyone? (Available on Amazon Prime).
Frank and the Averys team have been publishing weekly videos via their YouTube channel throughout lockdown, exploring the world of wine – CLICK HERE to see their library