jamie has written 76 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    i didn’t exactly have great expectations (🤣😑) for this, but actually found it to be a pretty excellent film. I certainly know one book I’ll be reading in 2021...

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    wish it went more in-depth on Infinite Jest and what DFW had to say about it. a few niche references and easter eggs would have gone a long way as well. still an enjoyable film with brilliant, delicate performances from Segel and Eisenberg, but I would have loved more content on the book itself. instead it’s a sometimes poignant and always watchable road-movie which happens to have David Foster Wallace in it.

  • Soul

    Soul

    never really been the biggest pixar fan but, uhh... masterpiece? it’s certainly the second best film about a musician and a cat.

  • Early Summer

    Early Summer

    Just a quick disclaimer, I'm going to really struggle to put my thoughts into a review - I used to find rating films too stressful, but I think I've now reached a point where even attempting to write a review that does justice to my experience with a film (especially this film) turns into a daunting task that can sometimes even damage my enjoyment of the entire process. Perhaps it is linked to my degree which requires strenuous analysing and…

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    a classic “the consistent frame-to-frame beauty of this thing is enough by itself to keep me interested”, but this film also reveals a tender and intimate plot, told almost like poetry as opposed to prose. yearning and past romantic traumas are always motifs I love to see, as are confusing endings and abrupt ‘FIN’s! perhaps my second favourite ship from world cinema after setsuko hara and, uh... me.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    This and Boogie Nights have the best "wow this film is going really we- wait is that the end credits on the screen wait WHAT?!" moments.

  • Akira

    Akira

    I watched this deprived of sleep at a quiet cinema on a rainy Saturday afternoon and it was WILD. haha what a bonkers piece of work. gorgeous animation with thundering sound design and score. vigorous, demiurgic imagery envelops the screen as you stand transfixed by the demonic characterisation and harsh lighting - akin to the end of evangelion. hypnotic, at times. can probably shave off 10-20 minutes, and the main players in the story could definitely have had more depth, although I am aware I subconsciously compare all anime character-writing to Watanabe which is mightily unfair.

  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    oh my god... oh my god... oh my actual god... CHARLIE!! no, stop it, actually please stop. this is the best film I've seen this year. it just works. I always liked the idea of Kaufman but his films always left something to be desired. this is all coming from someone who HATED eternal sunshine. but this is just incredible. I feel inspired... and lucky to have watched this.

  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine

    great halloween film. don’t think the flashbacks have enough chemistry to justify the point of the film, but I rly enjoyed the style and the two leads are excellent.

  • When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    rough notes:

    wow, I am so happy and grateful this documentary was on my course, poignant and at times heartbreaking tale of a beautiful city and people torn to shreds by two disasters: Hurricane Katrina and the neglect of a truly dreadful president/government. Spike Lee was the perfect person to direct such a complicated story of racial politics and tragedy and community, yet here he also displays his maturity and control to helm what is a difficult and sensitive topic,…

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    surprisingly hilarious. not sure what I was expecting but I literally was close to wetting myself at times. the scene in the hotel reception killed me, I had to watch it like 3 times there and then. can completely see why this became such an international phenomenon. was shocked when I remembered Kazakhstan is a real country - my tired brain had assumed it was fictional for the first half of the film, purely on the assumption no one could have had the balls to do what Cohen did with a real place, especially one he was not from. it’s very niceeee!

  • Pressure

    Pressure

    by far one of the more interesting and poignant films I’ve discovered from my course. raw and unflinching cinematography, bold writing choices and an absolutely BRILLIANT soundtrack... you just love to see that. using non-actors can be risky but it pays off here. authentic and honest filmmaking.