jamie has written 105 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    Watched on Amazon Prime.

    A beautiful film about the poeticness of life's mundanity. I don't know how I'm expected go back to films that don't have Golshifteh Farahani in.

  • Destination Wedding

    Destination Wedding

    Watched on Netflix.

    #mybenedickandbeatrice

    this is better than any Terrence Malick or David Lynch film. jeesh.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Watched at Wimbledon Odeon.

    ...I can't really be bothered to get into this one too much, I already feel incredibly detached from anything Star Wars that isn't the original trilogy, so I was never going to be incredibly excited for this one. I'm just going to jot down some random thoughts here, first of all the reason why this trilogy didn't work was because there wasn't enough planning. I think this is common knowledge at this point. I don't know…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    Watched on Amazon Prime.

    I’ve got a lot of respect for David Fincher. He’s like the only director from ‘those’ group of filmmakers who I genuinely enjoy and think is something different and interesting. I think The Social Network and Gone Girl are two really great films, and while Se7en and Fight Club don’t stick the landing for me, I can still appreciate them as being ‘ite’.

    I reckon Zodiac is different to these two cases, because what we have…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    Watched at Epsom ODEON Screen Unseen.

    It's a really good film. I think there's a clear point (cellar) where it stops being a masterpiece and turns into 'just' a really good film. Great use of tension. Funny and wickedly smart.

  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

    Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

    Watched on Amazon Prime.

    Really interesting documentary on the only 3 Star Wars films that matter. Makes you appreciate how influential George was. Reminder of how great Empire is.

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    Watched on DVD.

    So I consider Paul Thomas Anderson the greatest Western director of all time, yet one of his most iconic films, Boogie Nights, has always eluded me. Until now. I’m not a huge fan of Magnolia (which he made after this) or Inherent Vice (which has a similar vibe) so I was trepidatious going in, but I really enjoyed this one. Genuinely. It’s weird, I feel like this is the type of film one would make after an…

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    Watched online.

    So I really liked this, at least until the final few minutes and now I'm just in a state of shock with it all. I expected certain beats going into a film about prostitution, I was surprised by how glamorous it portrayed a job that I would personally consider to be dangerous and depressive. Having no clue on how it was going to end, as there's not really a whole lot of plot going on, I entered that…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Watched at Exeter Campus Cinema.

    Words couldn't do it justice.

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★

    genuinely incredible.

  • The Double

    The Double

    ★★★★½

    this is my third watch of this thing, and honestly it's become one of my favourite films of the decade. just genius in every regard. an absolute masterpiece.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★★

    oh god, I loved this film so much man. the main three had such believable chemistry together, Shia LaBeouf is honestly an incredible actor and Dakota Johnson is very likeable, let's just say that. oh, also, they just decided to shoot this beautifully I guess. It looks amazing, seriously. funny how that works out. my favourite film of the year, along with Booksmart.