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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    There are singular moments, plotted deftly in the opening act of Interstellar, that mean nothing at the time; merely a motion or an action that can be disregarded straight afterwards. But they’re not completely forgotten. 

    Chris Nolan throws us into a world with no context. It’s Kubrickian-esque: he presents us with a scenario and we just have to accept everything that is shown to us. It’s like a shadow. He conceals information - letting us ponder on its meaning, speculating its place…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

    A bittersweet finale. A build up of 18 years. 18 years has passed since Jesse and Celine locked eyes on that train, a unfamiliar sensation surging through their body. They were young and foolish. We’ve watched them grow; first, into 30-year olds, unsatisfied with their lives; and secondly, into 40-year olds, together at last but without a true feeling of completeness. Before Midnight is a flawless snapshot of Jesse and Celine’s life, 9 years on from the last film. Great…

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  • The Secret in Their Eyes

    The Secret in Their Eyes

    ★★★★

    Juan José Campanella’s precise dedication to creating a crime film that not only works flawlessly within the genre, but also functions as a romance (with some sociopolitical thematic strands shoved in for good measure), is applaudable. With El Secreto de sus Ojos, Campanella strays away from a formulaic approach, instead choosing to tell the story with a non-linear narrative. He allows the relationships of characters to drive the plot, focussing in particular on that of Benjamín and Irene’s. The two narrative strands…

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    ★★★½

    If you were to ask me the run of events that led to me picking this as a late night film on a Wednesday evening, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I just wanted to rewatch Mr Peabody and Sherman. And that’s because it’s pretty great. Sure, it’s no animated masterpiece but sitting down and investing 90 minutes into a harmless film, such as this, is good practice. This was a really pleasant experience. It’s refreshing to sit down and…

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  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★

    Pretty great. I think True Romance would’ve benefited from my boy Quentin having a bigger role within production. Although the Scott/Tarantino dynamic is imaginative, Quentin’s influence is much greater - bringing in some of his signature filmmaking strands (in small patches). For example, the ending: a Tarantino-esque bloodbath, that is far from uncommon in most of his repertoire, is just fantastic. Similarly, performances are great. Whilst Tarantino’s snappy and witty dialogue may aid characterisation, it’s hard to deny Scott some rightfully…

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★★

    The ultimate feel good film. Thank you, Mr Anderson.