• Tales from the Lodge

    Tales from the Lodge

    ★★½

    Enjoyed its quirky off-kilter cabin in the woods vibe, wearing its inspiration on its sleeves flagrantly. But that last 15 mins sours the rest of the film somewhat. Schlocky and problematic, to say the least.

  • The Bubble

    The Bubble

    ★★★

    Why are you running?!

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    Had no idea this was based on a video game until after the credits rolled. So, by default, it's automatically the best big screen video game adaptation ever? Possibly.

  • David Brent: Life on the Road

    David Brent: Life on the Road

    ★★★

    Recently finished watching the entirety of The Office US for the first time ever - and loved it! Inevitably followed it up by rewatching The Office UK, which I hadn't seen in its entirety for what must've been 15 years. It still strikes me now how completely different it was to any other comedy at the time (y'know, Operation Goodguys not withstanding) and being properly ground-breaking for a majorly mainstream show.

    (Whisper it quietly, but I now prefer the US…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★

    They were so close to doing a Wolverine: Origins Deadpool with Taskmaster that had me on edge throughout. Seems a waste of a good character.

    Ah well. Pugh was great, Harbour was great, Johansson finally got a solo MCU feature that was long overdue. Also Ray Winstone is now in the MCU which is fucking ridiculous and brilliant.

    It's hard to slate anything to do with this (misuse of Taskmaster aside). The story did what you'd want it to, scaling…

  • Highlander

    Highlander

    ★★★

    There are some lovely shots that are technically incredibly impressive like the sweeping crane shots in the opening scene. Performances were nothing if not committed - even Connery seemed to actually give it a go. It's endlessly quotable and you can see every penny of its budget.

    I mean, it's still a load of absolute nonsense and begs you not to actually think about anything; so many tangents and side plots go nowhere. It's a live action superficial 80s rock…

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★½

    I wish this movie was actually instead called "...and Monsters" because I did not care for the "Love" aspect of this story, nor particularly for Joel and his quest at all. Struggling to think of a less likeable protagonist in the past 10 years.

    The creature designs were imaginative and each time introduced well, but I'm done with the whole dog being a super intelligent empathetic sidekick thing (that or I'm dead inside). Yeah the dog is a good boy haha...ha...hm. Sure. Ok.

    Just give me the movie again but with only Michael Rooker and his little companion instead and I'll reconsider my opinion.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    ★★½

    The dialogue was worse than I remembered; and I don't remember it being all that. The first half tries to do a lot of character work despite its pretty enormous cast, but as it goes on, it only capitulates. Characters introduced early on (Storm, Angel, Psylocke etc) are shoved aside for no discernible reason. The big, showy action sequences just seem a parody of the franchise at this point. The rewatch wasn't worth the 2 hours of my goddamn annual leave, that's for sure.

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★½

    It's burned. We burned it. Boooooo-urned.

  • The Diabolical

    The Diabolical

    ★½

    Comparable in some ways to The Babadook and Under the Shadow. Mainly because it's about a mum (Ali Larter) in a haunted house. In a lot of many other more instantly noticeable ways, it's totally incomparable.

  • Texas, Adios

    Texas, Adios

    ★★★

    Blu-ray originally reviewed for SetTheTape.com

    By and large, Spaghetti Westerns are trash. They exist because they are cheap to make, because they subverted the classic Western hero archetype, and because they arrived at a time when cinema needed anti-heroes.

    Many filmmakers tried to break the genre of the Classic Western, which had been seen to become stagnated, stale and shallow. Previously, the icons of American masculinity had ridden astride their massive horses, riding down from the wilderness and into the…

  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★

    CultFilms Blu-ray review originally for SetTheTape.com

    Back in secondary school, the idea of watching a euro-horror like Opera pretty much meant me and my fellow teenage mates were guaranteed nudity. It’s crass, immature and completely devalues the social and gender commentary that is so rife in this much varied sub-genre, but that is the reputation these movies still endure to this day for younger fans. The giallo (and gialli, such as Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) means, for…