• The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    ★★★

    Okay movie, but sometimes dull in a way the book isn’t. There’s a cruel irony to this in that Coppola casts a half dozen charismatic guys a few years away from superstardom, but in every role except the one that counts - Howell’s Ponyboy is a real vacant centre to the film.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★

    Satire is muddled and I think the film shows its hand far far too early but this is fun, admit it. Fiennes can do this in his sleep and Anya has it.

  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★

    Revisiting 7 years later and my view on this is unchanged; great opening and closing sequences with a lot of tedium in between where I find nothing interesting in Chan’s direction or character. So clearly a mixed bag to me; some very good minds and cinephiles on here are evidently able to discern the broader Chan vision as something greater than its disparate parts and a 5 star movie: tell me what I’m missing!

  • Elena and Her Men

    Elena and Her Men

    ★★★★

    So much life in these colour Renoir films; so light, funny, dense, moving. I think I prefer this trilogy to his (justifiably) feted 30s work.

  • The Golden Coach

    The Golden Coach

    ★★★★

    “Don’t waste your time in the so-called real life” - jeez if that doesn’t sum up and justify the whole of this cinema thing, what does? Beautiful film.

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★

    Not for me. Those opening few minutes are something special though.

  • Muriel's Wedding

    Muriel's Wedding

    ★★★★

    Deeply moving and far stranger than I expected.

  • 13 Going on 30

    13 Going on 30

    ★★★

    Doesn’t really utilise the comic potential of its premise and Ruffalo is a drip as always but Garner - an actor I’d always unfairly written off as pretty self-serious- is more than game and embraces the silliness to make this mostly work.

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★★★★½

    Yeah wow

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★

    First Russell for me; kinda tepid but certainly watchable and enough moments of genius sprinkled in to encourage me to go through his more celebrated 70s work.

  • A Cinderella Story

    A Cinderella Story

    ★★★

    Laugh Out Loud

  • Ulzana's Raid

    Ulzana's Raid

    ★★★½

    Haven’t seen an Aldrich movie in years, and am ambivalent as ever on his style which I find (in colour, anyway) a bit dreary but this is a high minded ideas movie in its script and Burt is my guy so there’s plenty to like and revisit.