jamie has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2018.

  • After the Screaming Stops

    After the Screaming Stops

    ★★★

    a legitimate documentary that definitely feels like a mockumentary. and then you feel bare bad when they start getting serious and you're like oh damn this is a real documentary. yeah. some bits are hilarious though, unintentionallly I guess. the bald one is 1000x better than the in-the-closet one.

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★

    Christian Bale is Oscar worthy. So charismatic. Just outstanding. Without him the film would simply not be that good.

    The ending was also great, I loved the ambiguity, and how it left the audience to make up their mind.

    Everything else was okay.

  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

    Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

    ★★★

    Yesssss. Some of the facts and statistics are mind boggling. I loved the quote which was something like 'you can't call yourself an environmentalist if you haven't adopted a plant-based vegan diet'

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★

    I really was expecting myself to love this thing. I was expecting this deep, interesting neo-noir thriller, soaked in neon lighting and personality.

    However, this thing is pretty accessible and standard. It's not experimental like I thought it would be. I actually really liked the first hour of so, but then Drive got a bit too standard and predictable.

    Also, this film is not neo-noir?? Watch Blade Runner. THAT'S neo-noir. This isn't. There was no neo and there was only…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★

    Once again, just annoyed.

    For the first 1 hour 35 minutes or so of 10 Cloverfield Lane, I was completely hooked. The idea, while simple, was brilliant. It may be cliche, but it's true when I say I had no idea what was going to happen next. The mystery behind John Goodman's character, behind the world they lived in and the exact details of their situation made those first 95 minutes an absolute EXPERIENCE. 


    There may have been some cliche…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    London Film Festival


    this was the suprise film at the LFF. very poignant and heartwarming piece of work about an unlikely friendship. the two leads are both outstanding. it's well written and makes you feel good.

    don't expect a film that solves racism, because this film CLEARLY isn't trying to do that and anyone who thinks this needs to go back and watch it again. cause they're wrong.

    I saw Mahershala Ali in the flesh which was amazing. I got quite emotional.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    London Film Festival


    While watching the first third of this new film by the Coens, I thought 'this is pulp fiction set in the Wild West. amazing.'


    But soon I realised that actually it's 6 non-connected stories that share some themes and ideas.

    the cinematography is some of the best I've ever seen, seriously. this film looks stunning, every frame is a painting. but eventually you realise this could have been better if they just expanded the first two stories into a film.

    if I had to rank the films, I would say

    1,4,2,5,3,6

  • About Time

    About Time

    ★★★

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  • Breathe

    Breathe

    ★★★

    Having seen some of the ratings and reviews for Andy Serkis's directorial debut, I wasn't expecting much from Breathe. 


    But I found this film to be a really powerful and poignant piece of work. It tackles really big themes: life, death, illness, marriage etc.

    And there's a great message. One about not giving up. One about choosing life. 

    So yeah, overall I thought Breathe was brilliant. That's all I have to say.

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★

    I think the first half was funnier than the second, but I actually liked it all. Rating might go up soon.

    PATRICK STEWART MONEY.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    Will probably go up in subsequent viewings. The animation is beautiful. The music is incredible. The meerkat and warthog STEAL the show.

    It's really short. Which of course gives the characters and story less time to develop. And did it have to end in violence?? I feel like it's a bit lazy. Most resolutions can be solved without violence, I get that they're animals, but come on Disney. It's a cop out and I've seen it so many times before.…

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★

    I dunno man I just liked it. It wasn't emotional at all though. Cher should have been cut tbh. How did Amanda Seyfried know who Cher was and what she looked like? It was just funny and heartwarming.