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~findlay🔮🔪 has written 491 reviews for films during 2018.

  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    the best thing a kids film like this can do is teach kids that adult emotions they can experience early are scary, raw, unfocused, alienating but that they can be ultimately confronted and pushed into a direction of resolution. And that reacting in that way is absolutely fine. For the adults, its about healing healing healing. experiences through experience and finding the north star.

    definitely digging how this begins as a really nice, goofy 80s-tasted spooky house version of Series…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    small broadstrokes everywhere making a really precise mess.

    pure anti-capitalism struggles and viral fame and amazon allusions and conglomerates working with the idea of protest as marketing, making the idea of that "Have a Cola and smile, bitch" being as fucking shrewd as this cursed fucking nightmare image.

    As Pd said in their review, it feels like its core principles are from someone not aware of garbage jobs in 2018, (amazon drivers/uber nightmare minefields over the early 2000s one of…

  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2

    Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2

    ★★★

    flows much better than the original and has more stylistic flashes and staging/blocking care but this is sadly similar in the fact that its basically a bloodier soap opera chanbara with dialogue and acting that screams for another voice in there to breathe some life into it.

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★½

    i absolutely adore that populist genre-ish films like this still get rakes of people watching them (much like when Sixth Sense came out and it was fucking massive with everyone (so much so, that my parents had the cd soundtrack which, if you know them, was fucking bizarre)) and it does rely on nice bits of Shyamalan-heart-eyed tension and The Unknown but its SCOOOPED out by endless dumb decisions/dialogue/character interjections.

    not for this boy, but still respect its goal here.…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★½

    what "power" means//
    to some its retaining or regaining a hand on the throat of others

    to some its about owning your body and colour as a means of change in the face of anothers poisoned idea of you


    i really liked all the socio-political stuff, the bogging down in detail of secret institutions/groups etc. very much but the actual plot and its beats felt like most undercover cop films, (which yet again is totally fine because they always entertain but) i wish some edges were rougher and the hammerdrop was a bit more deadly.

  • After the Screaming Stops

    After the Screaming Stops

    fucking unreal.

    Chasing this with the This Morning interview after their huge fight.

  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP

    Outlaw: Gangster VIP

    ★★★

    i guess these Yakuza chanbara films are sort of Japan's version of the Hollywood idea of the rote boxing film or the die-cast western.
    Cut and dry story, yakuza gang dynamix, blood, honour, disillusionment, Yubitsume as a means of tie severance, love, anti-anti-heroes and back street chases and train track encounters.

    not that OGVIP is bad in any way, infact the Arrow BluRay set really highlights how stylish and noirish these films are (the lighting especially is obviously carried over to colour from the genres' hard b+w origins) but theres not much else here you wouldnt get from alot of other Yakuza films.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★★★½

    The way Tim Curry says "pizza" is genuinely the 8th wonder of the world

  • A Garfield Christmas Special

    A Garfield Christmas Special

    sits right beside National Lampoons Christmas Vacation as the best, most personally evocative bit of christmas viewing.

    i love it

  • The Christmas Raccoons

    The Christmas Raccoons

    animation that reminds me of all those old garfield tshirts your mum wore in pictures when you were just born. total car boot sale numbers alongside pisces salt and pepper shakers and a chipped magic roundabout ceramic mug.

    late 70's rough and shaded gloop painted snow shelves and almost gingerbread-esque houses drawn in this style are so weirdly their own exact point in time.

  • Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

    Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

    probably the worst Looney Tunes cartoon ive ever seen.

    merry xmas!

  • Comfort and Joy

    Comfort and Joy

    ★★★★

    i know those scottish aesthetics from 1984 and i dont.

    a cobbled nostalgia through pictures, TV at my grans in 1995, pictures found in airing cupboards, vhs tapes of old 30ths spliced with VO5 adverts and Twix-sponsored chart shows.

    cherry red BMWs crossing the kingston brigg, the misty, tree-skeleton propped days on windy high-kerbed winter noons, vauxhall lined warehouses in wet smalltown nights, the road though barmulloch(!!!), ice cream vans selling Askit, glass paneled living room doors, office views of…