• Local Hero

    Local Hero

    ★★★★½

    Recommended by someone at work. As charming as charming films get, and so 'of its time' it hurts. Mark Knopfler's main theme makes me cry with happiness.

  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★½

    Remember when they used to make big budget, 18 rated, action films with double meanings for adults? - If you were lucky enough to see them as a 12 year old, even better. Today, its a baron wasteland of regurgitated, 12A, watered down shandy.

    The effects hold up remarkably well - even this must have been snuck through the studio system to some extent.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★½

    Went all in and watched the extended edition. Not so sure if it enhanced or took away based on my memory of seeing it last. definitely one to watch in two parts, no pun intended.

  • Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974

    Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974

    ★★★★

    Seedy and mumbly and grainy and greasy. If the real 1970's, Leeds was anything like this I think we can all be glad that its firmly in the past and not coming back.

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★½

    Heart-breaking familial drama that forces any sensitive viewer to look inwards. Perhaps a pre-curser for more modern films such as Blue Valentine or Before Midnight.

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I have already logged this masterpiece seven times! There's not much more that I can say. Ahhh, the music - that's perfect too. Scored and then re-scored by Jerry Goldsmith. The Alien soundtrack has to be one of my all-time favourites. Tense, atmospheric, memorable and choc full of leitmotif.

  • Rain In My Heart

    Rain In My Heart

    ★★★½

    Pure, unfettered, ugly documentary filmmaking. A film that serves a higher purpose, unconcerned with aesthetic norms.

  • I May Destroy You

    I May Destroy You

    ★★★★½

    "It's tricky to call an actor mesmerizing, for fear of making her power seem magical rather than the result of craft. But Coel here is magnetic."
    - NPR

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★

    Not bad, but the alleged stand up comedian's stand up 'comedy' was atrocious. Its hard to come back from that. Better to have his occupation as a gardener or something.

    (...He's a stand up comedian in real life. Really??)

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    It makes so much more sense with each subsequent rewatch.

    What was once obtuse and abstract is now crystal clear.
    The dawn of time sequence is 'unfilmable'. But they did it anyway!

  • Can't Get You Out of My Head

    Can't Get You Out of My Head

    ★★★★½

    Graduated to watching (and enjoying) the best part of 7 hours of Adam Curtis. I have changed a lot.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    Watching for the first time having now read the book.
    I was smug throughout with a fuller knowledge.
    "That's not how it happens in the book" I would say...

    (Again I watched it in two halves. I am Still old)