• I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

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

    A seemingly impenetrable enigma from an undeniable genius, I’m Thinking of Ending Things might be clunky and frustratingly self-indulgent but the more I’ve broken it down post-viewing, the more I’d regard it as one of the finest cinematic depictions of the troubled male psyche which Kaufman does best at. Perhaps the film might’ve benefitted from being mediated by a different director, but in many ways the film is wholly original and probably wouldn’t have been as such if it was done…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★

    Really enjoyed Ad Astra. Bit late to the party but nevertheless here as always. awe-inspiring visuals and iconic art direction. Lots of Malick-esque philosophical musings from Pitt’s character. Hoyte Van Hoytema never fails to impress with gorgeous cinematography that echoes glorious space odyssey-esque film emulsion. Can’t argue that this isn’t one of the most original films set in space I’ve seen in recent years. Just a shame the plot sucks.

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★

    Freshly baked from the studios... doesn’t really satisfy at all! Then again, what was I expecting! I don’t watch these sorts of films (as pretentious and purist as that sounds), there just wasn’t anything else on at the Plex.

  • Bait

    Bait

    ★★½

    Lovely film but preferred the trailer if I’m honest.

  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★★

    Monos is an acute study of the human condition that is so powerful to the core it left me utterly speechless. The fragility of humans, the human condition and the aggression of nature all intertwined is both utterly organic as it is haunting. Mica Levi’s score is one of the most powerful in recent years. How I wished this film would go on and on I could’ve sat here for hours. Thanks Picturehouse Entertainment for helping bring this otherworldly marvel to the big screen!

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    A beautifully observed film that reminds you of the true power of family whilst gently highlighting cultural differences between the East and West - family versus individuality. The trailer was right, Awkwafina’s performance was (indeed) a revelation and I can’t wait to see her in more films like this! Really enjoyable and never a dull moment..

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★★

    Watched this yesterday at Picturehouse Central and was deeply moved by the performances and story generally speaking. Reminded me fondly of Giuseppe Tornatore’s spellbinding Classic “Cinema Paradiso” and, more recently, Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows”. Go and see this film - absolutely essential viewing and a life-time performance best from Antonio Banderas.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    I know this review is like super late since I saw it aaaages ago but The Other Side of the Wind is the greatest film never made... until now. It’s just incredible in every single way

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★½

    Heartwarming film... loved it every second; had this slowly burning pace that was gorgeous to witness. Melissa McCarthy MUST get an Academy Award or something... she’s a tour de force! Don’t be turned away by the fact her filmography up to this point has largely been comedy... definitely one to watch!

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    Second time watching The Favourite, today was a preview screening however first time was at LFF. Have to say, wasn't all that impressed with The Favourite second time round, I was expectant of things I'd have missed the first time round from the film being enveloped in so much hype but I think the hype does garnish its qualities - and not in a good way.

    This isn't to say I loved 'The Favourite' because believe me I did. I…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Roma is one of those films those rare, spellbound gems that reassure you anything is possible visually - what a spectacle. What 'Roma' does so well I think is its ability to be a microcosm and macrocosm of Mexican life, the trials and tribulations of pain, loss and celebration within both domestic and epic scales.

    In spite of the film's seemingly epic arthouse facade, the film is really quite humble and sees Cuaron hark back to moments in his earlier…

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★

    Not going to lie I definitely rate Die Hard more than I used to... and yes, now I can see why it’s a Christmas Film. I guess in the past I was always caught up with what everyone else thought (the may-sayers of it being an Xmas film)! Pleased to be able to screen it tonight from a gorgeous 2K DCP af University of Westminster Film Society.