• Monsters University

    Monsters University

    ★★★★½

    I suppose 2013 is when Pixar films stopped being totally organic and natural and well-paced. Like when this came out and was great nobody was analysing why this is a ‘good move’ from Pixar or a surprisingly good modern kids film it was just like ‘yeah of course it’s great, why wouldn’t it be.’ I hate Pixar now, make better films, stop making such metaphorical symbolic pretentious bullshit.

  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    ★★★

    It’s been a while since the word ‘dated’ has felt like the right word to use when reviewing a film, because usually it’s used by people when an older film is just bad and never when it hops on the then-modern trends with ill-intentioned excitement. However this is dated. It’s unavoidably 80’s in the worst sense, almost distractingly retro and uninspired. Still not without its moments and great performances from Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen. Don’t see the fuss really.

  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★★

    This was refreshing and reassuring as it took a very similar approach to storytelling as a screenplay I’m writing. Although tonally very different, this just felt like proof it will work which is nice. That aside this was a solid little film with big ideas. Really fantastic how it doesn’t under-assume the audiences intelligence and let’s us figure out what’s going on and what kind of characters we’re looking at. A scene in this also reminded me of the difference…

  • Amblin'

    Amblin'

    ★★★½

    It’s a shame Michael Lloyd only did the score for this unknown short. He managed to create really fun country tunes that carried the film along and added such innocence and liveliness to it. A fine debut by Spielberg who would go on to make one or two classics. A neat trick making your no-budget film a silent one, after all its dialogue scenes in student films like these that make them feel cheap.

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★½

    When Spielberg made the genius creative decision not to put subtitles in West Side Story when the Puerto Rican characters spoke their home’s tongue I was mind boggled. It’s extremely impressive and progressive for such a big, lavish and mainstream film to do that especially since it’s a remake of a film that makes more than its fair share of racially insensitive decisions. It let the actors talents shine through as expression trumps dialogue as well as added to the films…

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★★½

    FLUSHING OUR MUMS ASHES DOWN THE TOILET 😱😱 (not clickbait) (got weird)

  • The Princess and the Frog

    The Princess and the Frog

    ★★★★

    Continuity error: Technically ‘princess and the Prince’ as he was only a frog for a short amount of time and it was merely a temporary state before he could find true love. I understand they might wanna keep that twist a secret for the suspension of disbelief but other than that mishap in marketing it was pretty good. I’ll forgive it but it’s pretty embarrassing they made a mistake in the title. It would also work as the frog and…

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    ★★★★★

    Just so good. Just so so good. Just so so so good good. Just so so so so good good good. How good? So. 6 stars.

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    ★★★★½

    He’s indisputably part of everybodies lives in one way or another, but for me, the first time I heard (or remember hearing) Dewey Cox was with my dad. It came on on the car radio to his surprise as it was during the 1970’s when his albums weren’t making much due to his failing and embarrassing TV show. He turned up the volume and let his heavenly voice soar across the automobile, shaking the tires, jolting the headlights, even steering…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★½

    The movie we’ve been waiting for. This proves to Hollywood that as long as you have a solid enough story, a talented enough team and a fast enough pace then you don’t have to worry about looking silly in you’re execution. Blend genres, have musical numbers when you feel like it not feeling pressured to make them as consistent as usual, don’t worry too much about all your vfx shots looking unrealistic as long as the audience is immersed enough…

  • One, Two, Three

    One, Two, Three

    ★★★★★

    It's easy to miss this Billy Wilder film as it's definitely not one of his most highly regarded or acclaimed but it absolutely should be. Hilarious, clever, original, tight and so naturally it was written by Billy.

    Made me rush to the fridge for a nice cold bottle of coke.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★½

    A big source of humour for many many recent comedies has been the deconstruction of the rich. From Ready or Not to Glass Onion to The Menu the repeated (and most likely to be dated in the future) tropes of this attempt at ridicule is to have a cast of upper-class characters who's rich-people-problems become the focus of the writer's intensions to be playful and satirical. Usually consisting of the ingredients: one social media influencer character who spouts 'Gen Z'…