The Top Ten Films to See This May

Here’s are 10 of the most promising films released this month…

So with April behind us we now are moving on quickly towards the summer period of blockbuster movies like Jurassic World! But before we get there we have a rather interesting selection of films to pick from this May ranging from indie dramas to thundering action movies and everything in between. Read on for my picks of the top ten most interesting films out this month…

The Beat Beneath My Feet

This comedy drama focuses on a teenage boy who discovers that his neighbour is in fact a rock star who went into hiding some years ago. When the boy finds out that his neighbour tricked the world into believing he was dead in order to avoid a huge tax debt he agrees not to spill the secret, but in return wants to learn how to play guitar like a rock god. The Beat Beneath My Feet opens in the UK on the 12th of May.

The Clouds of Sils Maria

I have never seen Twilight and have only seen Stewart in a handful of supporting roles so I’m going to go into this one fairly open; the negative things I have heard about her counteracting the recent praise she has been receiving. The film itself is largely about this very issue, it plays with our perceptions of the actresses on screen as it investigates fame and acting via Binoche’s character being involved in the revival of a stage play. Here’s to hoping that this film focuses on character development and insightful writing as opposed to endless takes and imaginary superheroes following the lead around. Clouds of Sils Maria arrives in UK cinemas on the 15th.

Far From the Madding Crowd

This adaptation of the classic Hardy novel is pretty exciting due to the quality of the two lead actors. Carey Mulligan is a talented actress and yet doesn’t often get roles where she can really go for it and build a rich and complex portrayal of a character. This film though should provide more than enough material and space for her to really develop something special. Opposite her is the french actor Matthias Schoenaerts whose raw power and ferocious energy should be magnetic here if handled well. Far from the Madding Crowd has already opened in UK cinemas.

A Funny Kind of Love

A Funny Kind of Love (aka The Little Death) is a sexual comedy about a group of loosely connected people who all share unusual and taboo fetishes. The film has so far divided critics with some decrying it as a formulaic and laughless comedy whereas others describe it as being a breath of fresh air in the rom-com world that’s both brave and experimental whilst remaining heartwarming and funny. Who knows then quite what to expect from this one but if you want to find out for yourself then make a note that it hits the UK on the 8th.

Girlhood

Girlhood doesn’t immediately strike me as a film that I would be interested in, but once I dug under the surface a little I became very intrigued by what’s being described as a smartly scripted and powerfully acted drama. The film focuses on Marieme who finally rejects her family’s abusive lifestyle and the ‘boy’s neighbourhood’ attitude around her and joins a gang of wild and occasionally volatile young women. As her lifestyle changes so do her choices and it’s up to her to try and find the path to independence within this dangerous subculture of Paris. Girlhood arrives in the UK on the 8th of May.

A Girl Walks Home at Night

Now here’s a film which has really grabbed my interest. A Girl Walks Home at Night tells the story of the Iranian ghost-town called Bad City which is a place that ‘reeks of death and loneliness’¹. But what the people who live there don’t yet realise is that they are the prey of an equally lonely vampire who skateboards around seeking the town’s men who have disrespected the local women. Now this sounds intriguing and frankly a little insane but I can’t wait to see just what it’s actually like. I’ll be able to find out on the 22nd of May.

Mad Max

I am a big Mad Max fan and a big Tom Hardy fan so it’s hardly surprising that I’m really looking forward to this upcoming movie. The trailer dispels any doubts I once had about the film with it’s energised and somewhat crazed approach, the only thing that concerns me is the suggested reliance on CGI effects over genuine car mayhem… but we will see. Mad Max is due to blast onto our screens on the 14th.

Phoenix

Phoenix is a period piece which tells the story of a woman who became disfigured whilst in a Nazi concentration camp. After the war has ended she undergoes reconstructive surgery before heading back to Berlin in order to seek her husband out as a new woman in order to discover whether or not he betrayed her to the Nazis. This sounds like a really interesting drama which, despite borrowing fairly heavily from Vertigo, seems original and compelling. It currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and will be released on the 8th, so save the date.

The Tribe

This film follows a deaf mute teenager who attends a special boarding school. Upon arriving it becomes clear that his only chance to survive the school is to join the wild organisation called The Tribe. Once in the group he falls for one of the concubines and quickly is lead to break every one of the organisation’s unwritten rules…. The Tribe opens in the UK on the 15th.

Wyrmwood

And finally we come to Wyrmwood. This zombie movie has been receiving such high praise from so many indie critics and consequently built up such a buzz that I couldn’t not put it on this list. With its indie budget it has built an action movie which impresses not only due to the financially restraints but also due to the sense of sheer bloody fun it creates. Wyrmwood splatters onto UK screens on the 8th.


So, what did you think? Are you looking forward to any of these films or do you have other films in mind this May? Whatever your thoughts please let me know about them in the comment box below!

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30 comments

  1. The Clouds of Sils Maria looks interesting and I really loved Juliette Binoche.

    1. Yeah I’m really intrigued by that one. I will be interested in seeing Stewart acting alongside Binoche.

      1. That will definitely be very interesting.

  2. Can’t wait to see Far From the Madding Crowd, though I’m not sure when it releases here. Phoenix sounds really interesting, too! I hadn’t heard of that one until reading your post.

    1. Ah excellent, glad I could draw your attention to it! It looks set to be one of the best around this month.

  3. The synopsis to A Girl Walks Home at Night sounds really interesting. Mad Max Fury Road looks amazing, I hope it’s a good as it the trailers suggest.

    1. Doesn’t it just! I really want to try and catch it if I can.
      And yeah… I really hope Mad Max lives up to it’s hype.

  4. Avengers is the only film that I ended up seeing for May. Although, I saw it on April 30th so I guess that it may not count. Things will start to heat up for me as the summer really gets underway! (Pun intended)

    1. Haha 🙂
      Yeah Avengers was on the April edition of this post.

      1. Ah, I gotcha. It did come out over in the UK at that time so it makes sense.

        1. Yeah I had to pick the UK otherwise it just gets too complicated!

  5. Sooo much YESS to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Also looking forward to Mad Max 🙂

    1. Have you had a chance to see it yet?

      1. Yes! And I reviewed it…check it out 🙂

        1. Oh nice! I will 🙂

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  7. Abbi · · Reply

    I would definitely NOT recommend Far From the Madding Crowd after watching it this afternoon.

    1. Oh really? How come?

      1. Abbi · · Reply

        The storyline is ludicrous and every character apart from one is a total arsehole.

        1. Hmmm doesn’t sound ideal. I haven’t read the novel so I can’t say how it matches up… have you read it?

          1. Abbi · ·

            No but I read Tess of the D’Ubervilles and based on that I’m not sure Thomas Hardy is for me.

          2. Haha I’ve read that one and I did like it… but I’ll admit that the book does have issues!

  8. Cool month! Really looking forward to Clouds of Sils Maria, Far from the Madding Crowd and especially Mad Max!

    1. Yeah I have really high hopes for all of them. Also Phoenix… I’m hearing a lot of great things about that!

      1. Hope they all deliver (ah, if only every movie was a good [or great] movie)

        1. Wouldn’t that be a perfect world!

  9. Pretty great list man. For me it’s gotta be Mad Max, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Phoenix (which until now was completely unknown to me). Thanks for the heads up on that.

    1. No problem, it’s getting alot of very positive press so I’m pretty excited to try and check it out!

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