• Loki

    Loki

    Today I wanted to reflect my opinions on Martin Scorsese’s not-so-recent comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why they’re pathetic, (and why he’s correct).

    Essentially, Scorsese said they were ‘not cinema’ and akin to ‘theme-parks’. They are comments I would expect to hear from a budding film student who just watched Raging Bull for the first time, and realised what film could be, immediately shunning all their previous favourites, the ones that got them into the medium in the first…

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    watching Certified Copy, (a film I discovered at the start of the first lockdown in 2020 and really liked), with my parents (who I had assumed would have loved it) is how I imagine one might feel when watching Mulholland Drive with me. they both hated the film, which is funny because I actually think it is a true highlight of 2010s cinema. many of their complaints centred around William Shimell’s performance, which they found wooden, awkward and utterly without…

  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    as a Clint Eastwood self-therapy session, it is mildly poignant and bittersweet. as an actual film however, it did little for me other than to remind me that a No Country For Old Men rewatch is probably in order. Hackman is great, though.

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    after seeing a Setsuko Hara film, the novelist Shūsaku Endō wrote: "we would sigh or let out a great breath from the depths of our hearts, for what we felt was precisely this: can it be possible that there is such a woman in this world?"

    three films, three tales of family, experienced in three consecutive years of my life; Yasujiro Ozu's unofficial Noriko trilogy is one of the most intriguing cinematic entities I've come across. this unusual feeling of…

  • Inception

    Inception

    always heralded this as my favourite Nolan, maybe the only Nolan I actually rate quite highly. upon an overdue rewatch, I can see why, which is strange as many of my biggest complaints when regarding his filmography are still prevalent here. however in this particular instance, they're just executed too well to get annoyed at. ironically I find Inception to be one of the only Nolan film that doesn't fall in on itself and trip over its overindulgent, pseudo-intellectual shoelaces...…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    essentially a perfect film, insanity has never been as stunning and bombastic as Fury Road, and never has a vision been so aggressively realised in cinema. you can just tell this was the exact film they wanted to makeTheron’s ability to evoke such desperation and courage is tragically beautiful; despite all the ridiculous spectacle, this was what stood out most for me. oil fuelled, cinematic nirvana, and surely the greatest pure action film ever made? I mean is anything even close??

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    I would go as far to say Ulysses Everett McGill is perhaps my favourite Coen brothers character, which I cannot stress enough, is a gargantuan claim. Clooney is note perfect in every scene. the rest of the film is pretty fun as well.

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    one of the most convoluted and bland MCU products in recent years. Marvel is at its best when it leans into its extravagant, hyper-sensationalist and extravagant comic-book tone, (ahem) so this was mostly a snooze-fest, especially after Wandavision which was at least trying to be something weird and different. the villain was incredibly annoying and one-dimensional, and the plot was insanely confusing and poorly paced/explained. I never really knew what was happening, and I spent most of my time just…

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    this is technically a watch and a half, as my cousin, the main guy I quote The Big Lebowski with oh so often, fell asleep half way through, so a few days later we decided to finish it but wanted to watch the first half again because it’s just that good, and to be honest he fell asleep again, which isn’t because of the film, it’s just because we have different sleep schedules, but anyway I just finished it this time…

  • Onward

    Onward

    just initial thoughts, but this is severely underrated and I hope it is seen as top tier pixar in years to come.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    credit to lanthimos for making a film starring rachel weisz AND olivia coleman as a sexy hotel manager so unarousing and awkward