jamie has written 59 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★

    genuinely incredible.

  • 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.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★

    you know when sometimes you watch a film but you just weren’t in the right mood and external factors kept messing things up and you can’t enjoy it as much as you know you would, should and could? it happened when I watched Paris, Texas and it’s happened again. luckily, like Paris, Texas, I’m confident I will come to love Once Upon A Time In The West. this is easily Leone’s most mature film, feeling less campy and more gritty, while maintaining that suave spaghetti vibe and another masterpiece from Morricone.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    woah, this had absolutely ZERO right being as good as it was. finally, a film about secondary school which feels grounded and realistic. despite it’s almost surreal exaggerations, the characters feel like people, and the consequences that they endeavour seem genuine and faithful to life at that age.

  • Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    ★★★★

    not only superior to Yojimbo, but genuinely one of Kurosawa’s best. at least for me. Mifune is perhaps the most captivating on screen presence I’ve ever seen, and Nakadai (of Harakiri) provides an excellent rival. incredible stuff.

  • Dolls

    Dolls

    ★★★★

    Finding a random film, not knowing anything about it, watching it, and finding yourself utterly captivated by every frame is one of life’s simplest and greatest joys. Beautiful and melancholy. Shout out to the guy at the Warwick University interview for recommending Takeshi Kitano to me. I will have to watch more of his films.

  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    ★★★★

    It's just that he was all alone. Always by himself. Never anyone to share the game. A man who lived in dreams—that's who he was.

    I remember when I first watched Cowboy Bebop. I didn’t like it that much. Some of the sessions I enjoyed, but overall it was kinda disappointing. Up until the final few episodes. Then everything made sense, and I loved it. It’s really funny how that worked. I wonder if it was like that for other…

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★★

    Some of the shots in this thing just take the piss. A beautiful piece of work from one of my favourite artists. Mifune is an absolute boy.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★

    For my money, this and Paradise Lost are tied for the prestigious ‘greatest/coolest titles for works of art...ever’ award. Not only does Sunset Boulevard roll off the tounge in such enchanting fashion, the motif of what inevitably happens to that 4.603 billion year old ball of plasma every night is perfectly echoed through the unavoidable decline of Norma Desmond. A beautiful, melancholy masterpiece.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★

    Maybe a 4.5 without the special edition changes. The best in the saga and one of the smartest sequels of all time. Game changing.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★

    I used to think this was my favourite Star Wars film, but I’m actually writing this during a marathon, and can confirm I finally admit Empire to be superior. Am always impressed by the score, effects, and instant charisma from basically ever character. The special edition changes all suck.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    astronomically impressive from a technical standpoint, how they got all these amazing actors together and formed this 3-hour-epic is outstanding. Alan Silvestri should win the Oscar. so should RDJ. pure joy.