• A Brief History of Time

    A Brief History of Time

    YouTube binge where I 'research' black holes and imaginary time incoming after watching this.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    I thought that I was somewhat Marvel-neutral after recently watching and enjoying Spiderman: Far From Home, but this one is just dire. Zhao has zero sense of genre, and her only trick for making things look 'cinematic' seems to be 1.) having her characters awkwardly arrange themselves in a horizontal formation or 2.) having an action take place centre of frame while she shoots it wide. And that's it! Aside from this, all the coverage here is just borderline incompetent.…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    Bit of a manic pixie dream movie, for better and for worse. Central relationship is so magnetic and specific and well wrought it’s a shame that it’s bungled in the ending. Much of what exists outside of that strikes me as half-sketched and relatively superfluous. And for all his structural tricks, Anderson is still a cloyingly conventional screenwriter at times.

  • Lucy

    Lucy

    Truly galaxy-brained cinema. Insane and profound.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    A whole lesser than the sum of its parts, much too enamoured with Woodcock for its back-end to really work (Day-Lewis is precise and commanding, though that is something of the problem). At its best when leaning into the comedy, which is very, very funny. Krieps is also terrific, though one wishes all the co-dependent mind games she plays weren't rendered so literally – there is a depth to Woodcock's neuroses that I do not think Alma is afforded.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Props to Nolan for making what is essentially a post-Nolan blockbuster, everyone here just going through the motions (literally). Every set-piece has – to some extent – already occured within the film's universe, a fated battle between Protagonists and Antagonists (as Pattinson's Neil says repeatedly: "What's happened, happened"). In this sense, the opening hour of Tenet is beguiling and idiosyncratic in ways I would not have previously associated with Nolan, thematically cogent and Mann-like in its archetypal rigour. It is…

  • The Box

    The Box

    Labyrinthine.

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Frustratingly literal-minded, with very little to grab on to outside of Spielberg’s frequently elegant mise-en-scene. Certainly affecting when it wants to be, but otherwise quite a plodding affair.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    Sumptuous! And very horny, too.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    The inaccurate (and frequently condescending) appropriation of May '68 is clearly the low point here, but the rest is equally as mind-numbing. Just a nauseatingly insular vision of cinema. I almost walked out.

  • Zeros and Ones

    Zeros and Ones

    "I would light myself on fire. How come no-one is lighting themselves on fire?"

  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back

    God, I am so in love with this movie.