Category: Films

  • Civil War (2024)

    Alex Garland’s Civil War is gorgeously shot with immaculate sound design and an attention to mise-en-scene that’s absent from most current media apart from graphic novels. Every frame is there for a reason, there’s a kind of painterly quality to Garland’s narrative, the flow feels like the travel of ones gaze over a huge canvas…

  • Godzilla Minus One

    I’m having to watch # GodzillaMinusOne (#???-1.0??????, #GojiraMainasuWan) in chunks cos it’s just making me cry too much. The contrast between this film and the sub-video-game-cutscene bilge currently doing the rounds is astonishing. The last time Hollywood Gojira had any real heart was when Bryan Cranston was in it – TEN years ago. I actually…

  • Rock The Casbah (2013)

    From the opening introduction by Omar Sharif, I knew I was going to love this film, it was simply a matter of how deep that love would be. Well, it’s 9/10 deep. The story is that patriarch Moulay Hassan Bel Amor, (played by Sharif) has passed away and his family and friends are gathering to…

  • Sheroes (2023)

    This film is exactly as good as any of the Fast & Furious films, Expendables or Megs 1&2. It is WAAY more fun and watchable than the last Jurassic Blah film. It is not as good as The Bourne Identity or Oceans Thirteen. It is not trying to be The Bicycle Thieves or The 400…

  • Babylon (2022)

    I was curious about Babylon. So many reviews utterly panned it. Said it was confused, shouty, simplistic and, most damningly, not as good as the films it referenced. Twenty minutes in, I was hooked and in that mindstate which is a bit like the stares. If I’d been at the cinema, I would have been…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    Currently re-watching #TheMatrixResurrections and loving it. It could slip into being too meta / post-modern / empty bricolage and yet it does not. “Nothing can breed violence like scarcity.” For those of us who were inoculated with Marxism early and are now fat and old, there are extra layers of nostalgia, pathos and deep regret.…

  • I DO NOT Want A Lego ‘The Lady Vanishes’

    SO – I bought Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes on iTunes and was appalled by the crappy encoding. This amazing film was rendered into a blocky, cyberdelic nightmare of hanging faces and shifting backgrounds. I complained. Apple told be to get bent. SO… I complained again. And they caved. Never give up. Be the squeaky wheel…

  • Living (2022)

    Just watched Living with BIll Nighy, the Ikiru remake and I am sooo drained from the sad beauty of it and dehydrated from crying. Aimee Lou Wood is flawless, her performance is impeccable. I’m sure Oscars are in her future. Nighy so reminds me of my Dad, of a lost ideal of literally gentle men…

  • Monster Hunter (2020)

    I really don’t understand the low score for this film, I expected something dull and lifeless. But it’s a hoot, from the start to the last meowing post-credits scene. It is way, way better than I expected from the critical savaging it got at release. PEOPLE – IT’S A MONSTER FILM! The clue is in…

  • Three Thousand Years Of Longing (2022)

    I missed this in the cinema so I gave an excited but slightly worried squeak when I saw it had come on to Amazon tonight. Would I like it? Since my life isn’t long enough to waste writing negative reviews, you know that I loved it. I was looking forward to it because I’m a…

  • Meet Cute (2022)

    First – this is not a romcom. Well, it’s about as much a romcom as Punch Drunk Love or Eternal Sunshine are. There are funny bits but it’s the baby chickens on Eraserhead’s dinner plate funny. Fundamentally, it’s a science fiction film that uses the mechanism of time travel to explore determinism, identity, existentialism and,…

  • Slumberland (2022)

    Well, the credits are rolling and I’m wiping away my tears. Again. Oof, I probably shouldn’t have watched this film once I’d seen the premise. But what a film! You know how Pixar do kids films but they gut you if you’re an adult? Slumberland just did that to me. The energy of this film…

  • Honor Society (2022)

    (This is very much a deliberately vague, no spoilers review) Watching Honor Society was a funny-sad-oh-what-OH NO-awh rollercoaster that left me feeling good in the way that alleged feel-good movies rarely do. This is very nearly a perfect film. I think it’s Mean Girls-level in terms of the whole ensemble being perfectly cast and not…

  • RIP David Warner (1941 – 2022)

    He made everything better. Even if it’s one voice or a passing bit, David Warner made it stick and made you think about it often years after. He felt like family.

  • Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

    Years ago I worked out how to travel between universes. I was pleased but not overly so, thinking, ‘well, this is a normal skill, like riding a bike or getting cold butter to spread.’ Turns out, no it’s not and if you talk about it too much, people will start thinking you’re a nutter and…

  • Sex APPeal (2022)

    What could have been a very join-the-dots high school sex frolic takes some nice twists and delivers some very goofy laughs framed around the most ridiculous things humans do: sex.

  • Metal Lords (2022)

    Watched this today – it’s a lovely film and has some deft twists and turns which I’m certainly not gonna ruin with spoilers. However, if you’re a fan of hunky werewolves, be prepared to do a little squeal at one point. This is Adrian Greensmith’s first feature and he’s definitely deserving of a future in…

  • Kate (2021)

    So, I just watched ‘Kate,’ an action flick on Netflix (not bad, I’d give it a solid 8.5/10) and I thought I’d pop and see the score. Hmmm… seems quite low… I wonder why? Then I see this review: There’s a load of reviews like this, sometimes the woman-hating is better disguised than this, mostly…

  • Class Rank (2017)

    “Annihilating an ecosystem for political appearances is not my modus operandi.” So, how do you know when you’ve just watched a great film? Not a good film but a great film? Film is such an accretion of magical sleight-of-hand, such an array of hidden talents that I think you have to feel it. In your…

  • Tomboy (2017)

    I was expecting this to be quite throwaway and was really only drawn in by Weaver and Rodriguez. But then, up pop Shalhoub, Lapaglia etc. ~ there are no bad performances in this film. That being said it veers between B-movie with an A-movie cast and arthouse, Looper-esque weirdness. That’s not an insult as I…