Jack Howard

Writer and director of things. One half of comedy duo Jack & Dean. I chat about movies with Mark Kermode on our podcast Kermode On Film.

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    My first time watching this and obviously it’s brilliant. Properly laugh out loud funny - many lols were had. You can tell The Simpsons took a lot of inspiration from the delivery, tone and characters. Peter Sellers is outstanding X3. It’s hard to keep in mind how surprising the ending would’ve been if I wasn’t already familiar with, and expecting THAT SHOT. 

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★

    I’m thinking I liked this but didn’t enjoy it..? 

    I think it’s about many things - sometimes it felt like it was about dementia. Sometimes it felt like it was about the experience of losing your individuality when you’re in a relationship. Sometimes it felt like a study of the unrealistic expectations men have for women. Sometimes it felt like a criticism of Hollywood and the romantic lie we let ourselves believe. It felt like all of this and more…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    I’ve seen this three times now. Yes, three. I also plan on seeing it a 4th. You can watch my spoiler free (post 2nd viewing) review here.

    I wanted this to be another Inception. High concept as a way to explore character. But it isn’t that and it never promised me it would be. That was my fault. Once I accepted it for what it is, which is a delicious puzzle set to a tremendous soundtrack, I fell in love…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★★

    I’m just gonna go ahead and give this a full five stars without thinking too much about why. Simple reason: I had a fantastic time. Not once did I wanna check my phone. Not a single thing in the movie bothered me. I liked everything about it. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are magnetic and hilarious. It’s sharply directed. It uses the time loop concept in a completely original way. It was surprisingly touching. I loved it. Favourite film of 2020 so far.