jamie has written 38 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★½

    I thought this film was great. Of course Jeniffer Lawrence is brilliant but this is Bradley Cooper’s best performance and De Niro also gave a very nuanced and powerful performance. I wish they had focussed slightly more on how relationships don’t instantly fix mental health disorders but nonetheless I loved it.

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    ★★★½

    Adds Infinite Jest to my already lengthy ‘to read’ list. Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace is a cheat code. Jesse Eisenberg is Jesse Eisenberg. sensitive, touching, poignant and genuine.

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★½

    Steve Carell is the best character in this film.

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★½

    am giving the benefit of the doubt, realistically this is a strong 3 to very light 3.5. the first 80 minutes are a mess, but that final act is glorious.


    there are only 3 Star Wars movies. anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

  • Fahrenheit 11/9

    Fahrenheit 11/9

    ★★★½

    yeah so Brexit doesn’t seem that bad anymore to be honest.

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★½

    struggling on the the rating here. so many things I admired, but the finale, while powerful, was partially ruined by an unnecessary exposition dump. I also find it hard to judge a thriller like this when you essentially know the plot before viewing. a wonderfully made film, but I’ve seen better thrillers. that last shot was perfect. subtle but brilliant.

  • Manhattan

    Manhattan

    ★★★½

    was on course to be my favourite Woody Allen film, right up until a certain character makes a certain choice, and then I lost interest. unfortunate, because the bulk of Manhattan is a beautiful take on meandering life in the Big Apple.

  • Evangelion: Death (True)²

    Evangelion: Death (True)²

    ★★★½

    essentially an art-house recap of the first 24 episodes of the original show, focusing more on themes, symbolism and feelings rather than plot. should only be watched by people who have already seen the entire show.

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★½

    staggeringly beautiful and poignant. not something I can really rate, not because I think this the greatest thing ever made, but just because it seems futile to assign a number to a film so idiosyncratic and original. a plethora of philosophical motifs and emotional psychedelia, crammed into an hour long LSD trip. very strange and very incredible.


    EDIT: 3.5

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★½

    a surprisingly funny, engaging and tender story. interesting companion piece to my previously viewed film, Kurosawa’s Ran, both being vague Shakespeare adaptations of completely different varieties.

    the shrew wasn’t shrewy enough.

  • Bāhubali: The Beginning

    Bāhubali: The Beginning

    ★★★½

    Purely epic in it’s sheer scale, ambition and boldness, Bahubali: The Beginning is a colossal Bollywood blockbuster, an uncompromising and relentless visual treat from S.S. Rajamouli, backed up by a haunting score, passionate performances and a knack for large fantasy story-telling.

    Yeah, it’s completely bonkers. But by the end, you learn to love all the plot holes, inconsistencies and nonsensical moments. So sign me up for the second one.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★½

    I definitely liked this. 

    While The Tree of Life and Knight of Cups were bland, pre-packaged American ‘spirituality’, Days of Heaven tells a compelling story with personality and character. The score and cinematography were both incredible, and while the story was rather standard, Malick’s idiosyncratic story-telling was something I actually welcomed. Not really sure what to rate this one though. It’s a weird one.

    Also it reminded me of Magnolia, in the way it throws religious imagery at you for seemingly no reason.