• Saltburn



    I loved it. It's really funny, really dark.
    New Camp Classic.
    I don't know if it's super well acted (-NCCs don't have to be-) but it's funn-ly acted? 🤷‍♂️😁
    No, Barry Keoghan is doing great as per always, Rosamund Pike kills it (especially the 'Common People' bit - I bellylaughed ugl-ily), other acting... Looks like they had fun. 😄
    The writing is wild and maybe not really transgressive in a way that's not incredibly wild but it's really ugly in moments and I guess the real strength is how pretty it looks, it's exceptionally well photgraphed.
    I'd fuck around and watch it again.

  • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

    The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes


    A perfectly watchable confection as much as the original Hunger Games Quadrilogy. Hits similar beats and remains pretty entertaining and interesting while it does it.
    I love that these movies attract huge talent like Julianne Moore and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and in this movie, Viola Davis and Peter Dinkelage and it's because they get chewy fun theatrical dialogue to say.
    Also a well-utilised Jason Schwartzman always goes a long way for me. An extremely long way. I'm adding half a star for that man.

  • American Fiction

    American Fiction


    Damn - this might be my movie of the year.
    A stupendously well-written movie, just just feels like it was made for me.
    An incredibly well acted effort from all involved.
    I apologise for how boring this is to read but, like, no notes. Jeffery Wright - incredible. Leslie Uggams, Issa, Tracy Ellis Ross - all brilliant but most incredible is Erika Alexander as the love-interest, which was such a soulful performance.
    I read Erasure in my 20s because the…

  • The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal


    Good fun.
    I'd seen it before but I dutifully rewatched for my ActionBoyz.
    Edward Fox in his best role.
    You know who'd do a great redo of this premise... Bret Easton Ellis. If he was going to be given IP (in a world where anything is IP...)
    (Wait we do live in that world?)...
    He'd do great with the amorphous sexuality and violence of the Jackal.

    I'm getting off track. This version is great and only loses it's joie de…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha


    This movie makes me so happy.
    My toxic side makes me want to post all the The Inbetweeners "Fwend" gifs.
    But honestly, I love that this is movie about being in your 20-30s and making your way in the world and the end of the world is never the end of the world, y'know?
    Because you're never lost when you got FWENDS.
    (I hate me but I love this movie and it just gets better with age.)

  • Our Ladies

    Our Ladies


    I feel like this movie has been sitting on the shelf for 2 years because I feel like I've been watching trailers for it for 18 months 😄
    In any case, this is my favorite type of teen movie - extremely funny, direct without being gratuitous or exploitative about sex.
    It's a lot funnier than it looks, dark and bold - I really loved it.
    Do I think the 'Stand By Me' post-script character histories were unnecessarily grim... Yeah but…

  • Reminiscence



    Let me condemn this with the vaguest of praise... It's not completely boring. Close, but not completely boring.
    Like, I expect better of the co-creator of Westworld (which is not to say I think Westworld is the greatest TV show. Ive seen every episode... I rarely think about it.) but I'll say this... production values like set-dec and non-creepy 3rd-party background players really make this movie. The meandering 3rd party percepton...

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins


    I struggled to track what was going on. And inspite of being dumb enough to go see this... I'm not so dumb that I shouldn't be able to know what was going on 😁

  • People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan

    People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I need to comedy need-splain. SORRY. I can't not talk about the UK-media specific of UK comedies transitioning from TV to a summer movie and that being, not a right-of-passage but kind of victory lap, retirement move.
    It was something that started with like 60s sitcom from On The Buses to Love Thy Neighbour to To Death Us Do Part.
    This is in the era before TV movies, so these were not ambitious versions of the TV show outside of…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy


    Starts off well, with good story-line/narrative coordination but then it gets kinda muddly and almost refuses to end. I don't know.
    A fair hybrid of The Truman Show, Tron and *mock vom* Ready Player One... It bites off more story than it can chew.
    Maybe it would have been more satisfying, as more R-rated fare than Reynolds using it as an exercise to operate at a PG.

    Also Taika - 2 for 2 at being miscast in movies, this month. I love the guy but he might be best served by himself, alone.

  • Zola



    Love it when the hype is huge, you want the hype to be real and it exceeds your expectations.
    Man... Not a frame of film or sound is wasted in the thing.
    Pure black excellence. That's it.
    It made me howl with laughter.
    It made me feel deeply uncomfortable.
    It's sensual at a particularly incongruous point. It has a completely original tone.
    I don't know if it lands metaphorically at the airport, at the end of movie or just decides…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad


    Taken from my Twitter at the time:
    "Very conflicted about Suicide Squad. It's a David Ayer movie starring Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman and they did good?! V. Confusing.
    Not saying Suicide Squad is a good movie - my cautious optimism was met with a goofy movie with fun moments. Relax - i'm ashamed I liked it"