jamie has written 40 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Despecialized Edition

    there was once a time in my life where I preferred the original Star Wars to Empire, but these days I’m confidently sat on the ‘perfect film’ train with most of you other nutters. mythical fantasy storytelling executed to perfection, glazed with this magical cinematic iconinity (it’s not a word but it should be and you know what I mean), exemplified by the instantly recognisable yet bizarrely idiosyncratic sound, set and costume design. I can’t think of a proper blockbuster which has matched Empire for sheer quality and intelligence in the entire canon of cinematic popular-culture, before or since.

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    honestly a mood. one of my favourite horrors, even though I wouldn’t really call it a horror.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    Despecialized Edition

    ahh, there’s nothing quite like it. a film so iconic and widely revered that even the phrase ‘what to say about Star Wars that hasn’t already been said already?’ has become cliché. and how nice to finally see the film that was actually shown in the cinemas! such an improvement. binary sunsets will always perfectly illustrate the youthful desire for adventure, and that final space battle will always give me chills. to think this isn’t even the best in the trilogy...

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    *technically a rewatch and a half, as I watched the first hour twice.

    completely different to the book, yet retains (and sometimes even enhances) the lingering, off-putting tone through abhorrently awkward editing and tons of new, gloomy dialogue. still, perhaps better directed than written. Jesse Plemmons can’t seem to be in a bad film. aging is terrifying. THERE IS NO GENIUS EDITION!

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    someone: why are you in my hou-
    me: Rachel Hannah Weisz (/ˈvaɪs/ VYSE; born 7 March 1970) is a British actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, Laurence Olivier Award and a British Academy Film Awa-
    someone: WHO ARE YOU?!
    me: rd. Weisz began acting in British stage and television in the early 1990s, and made her film debut in Death Machine (1994). She won a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for…

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    why the hell did I wait one thousand, two hundred and nineteen days to rewatch this? so strange that this is regarded as one of Wes Anderson’s weakest efforts, although lots of people I’ve spoken to my age reckon it’s his best, so maybe that tide is slowly changing. retains his beautiful idiosyncratic camera work and cinematography without ever getting stale or seeming like a gimmick, while simultaneously offering the strongest emotional pay-off in any of his films by a…

  • Loki

    Loki

    after about a decade of streaming and binging dominating the TV landscape, how nice is it to be reminded how much better the format of weekly-instalments are? the consistent speculation and excitement within such a vast and diverse community is brilliant. it’s really something I’m able to talk about with pretty much everyone, I’m just so happy something like this exists. these films and TV shows may not always push the cinematic boundaries, but I think they’ve adapted the vibe…

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    feels so unfair to say it, but the tale lends itself so well to the visual format that I reckon the film is probably better than the book? and that’s really difficult to say - Thompson’s work certainly leads harder on the ‘eulogy to the american dream‘ aspect, (and absolutely nails it in his paranoiac prose), whereas Gilliam (mostly due to differences in mediums) focuses slightly more on ‘woah, psychedelic insanity on celluloid, crazy man’. but I kinda just love the…

  • F9

    F9

    the thing about space fights? the space always wins...

    about a year ago I had a dream where I was watching an episode of Breaking Bad where Walter White was making drugs for the devil. I’ve always remembered it because it made me wonder if Vince Gilligan could have actually pulled that off, imagine a world where he had gone another 10 seasons and we eventually had Walter going into space and facing down God or whatever, but imagine that it actually…

  • Two of Us

    Two of Us

    again, just weirdly amazing? not in any overt ways - it’s a TV-movie on a TV-movie budget - but some of the more subtle moments in this film (which is essentially Beatles fan-fiction) are genuinely so moving and well-written. the actors don’t look anything like John and Paul but somehow do a brilliant job? it’s such a strange experience but overall it was incredibly satisfying and kinda emotional 😂 that ending - damn.

  • Help!

    Help!

    this is a genuinely brilliant and underrated comedy. definitely my favourite of all The Beatles' films, just perfectly captures the strange, hilarious vibes of their music. the plot is random and meandering and The Beatles just run around giggling most of the time, clearly off their heads from the marijuana that would soon also fuel the increase for their musical quality heard clear in Rubber Soul. also it's weirdly shot amazingly? especially in the interlinked music video-type scenes. all four Beatles are hilarious in their own unique ways. it's laugh-a-minute stuff. the songs bang as well.

  • 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…