• Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★★

    I just echo what pretty much everyone else has already said. It's brilliantly daft with excellent action and a superb lead performance.

    A movie that you'd be very hard pressed not to enjoy really.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    A dystopian, futuristic version of The Raid. And I absolutely love The Raid.

    If you are wanting wall to wall action that zips you along what is an engaging - albeit belief suspending - storyline, then this is the film for you. Dredd doesn't give you layers of backstory or throw you back into the origins of the protagonist at different intervals. It knows exactly what it wants to do and throws you straight into the blood and guts predicament…

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★

    Saw this on Netflix and decided to rewatch because it's been ages.

    Looking back now you can see how much of a catalyst this film was for others that came after it i.e. paranormal franchise etc. The film has you in constant anticipatory anxiety and on the precipice of being completely scared shitless - but never going that step beyond and showing its hand (which is what makes it so constantly unsettling).

    The climax however does still feel a little…

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    One of the few Coen Brothers films I've not gotten round to yet and this was yet again, an incredibly fun watch.

    The three performances at the centre of it were brilliant (Clooney seems to be infinitely more likable in Coen Bros. films) and the simple story allowed them to take centre stage and humorously weave together a series of events that were intertwined in the most absurd and unpredictable way.

    There were moments where you're left scratching your head…

  • Mother

    Mother

    ★★★★

    Much like Memories of Murder, this Bong Joon Ho film focuses on a murder mystery at its core. This one also has very similar themes, not least how certain individuals with characteristics that may subvert social norms can have incidents like this pinned on them with ease. However, this one centres very much on the lengths at which a mother will go and also how a mother's love can greatly blind their judgement - leading to a real conundrum on…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    One on my 'how have I not already watched this watchlist'.

    And it absolutely did not disappoint. This is 90 minutes of wraught tension. There is very little filler in this film whatsoever with all of it keeping you engaged and on the edge of your seat. It is lean but with an almighty punch to it. There is the obvious main storyline of keeping quiet or you'll get devoured by monsters - but the film also managed to weave…

  • Identifying Features

    Identifying Features

    ★★½

    Watched this after hearing some amazing things about it.

    First off - I do appreciate why this has got the plaudits it has. The story concludes well and fully captures the dark and bleak tones it is clearly aiming to convey. The cinematography too is absolutely superb - with some extraordinary shots that immerse you in the bleak, rural settings.

    All that being said though, this film for me was just torturously slow in places. It came together in the…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★½

    First trip back to the cinema! And to be fair - this was a pretty good one to start with. Not in a profound way but more in a throw popcorn into your mouth, sit back in your comfy chair and escape to another realm kind of way.

    The film was as expected - quite badly put together with some horrific cheesiness in dialogue, awful main character (both in actual charisma and development) and general absurdities. That being said and…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★

    A really interesting social commentary on French working class society and the divisions between the marginalised youth and authorities. The tale of the three friends was extremely authentic and seemed very fly-on-the-wall like. There were also laughs along the way in what was a film that often presented itself as light-hearted and almost coming of age in places however also had a really serious and uncomfortable undertone of social inequity and the frustrations that come with it.

    The story really…

  • The Open House

    The Open House

    I'm a glutton for punishment with films like these. That being - I have seen them all before in a lot of instances. In fact, a mirror image of this was watched a few months back in Hush. Except Hush is heads and shoulders above this.

    The story was utter garbage. Someone has clearly had an idea about how an open house could be fairly dangerous if someone lived in said open house. This person has then done all they…

  • Vacation

    Vacation

    ★★★

    Watched this because I fancied a film where I didn't need to think. And I absolutely didn't have to think so it worked on that front.

    Although the film was silly and over the top - I enjoyed it and found it funny in many places. Did exactly what I wanted it to.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★

    Decided to revisit this and it's sequel.

    To be honest - it has been a long time since my first viewing of this movie to the point that I noticed much more this time around.

    Without doubt a trailblazer in Sci-Fi and dystopian cyberpunk film (and TV if you include recent series such as Altered Carbon). I never thought of this one as highly as some did/do but it is such an immersive setting to escape to even now never…