• The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    Jonathan Glazer casts his gaze on the banality of evil and offers the audience an insight into how atrocity is committed not by larger than life, almost mythological monsters but by plain old human beings with the same needs and desires that we all have, existing within societies that allow this evil to manifest until it becomes an all-consuming entity.

    We are offered the sounds over the wall to remind us where we are, but the images are not necessary…

  • Orion and the Dark

    Orion and the Dark

    ★★★

    Watched with the kids, most of which suffer from similar anxieties depicted, yet they could barely relate to the events that unfold past the first stretch of the film. Interesting to see this was a Charlie Kaufman script, which certainly levels up the film but can’t really save it from what is ultimately an admirable attempt at reaching for the lofty emotional core of Pixar’s Inside Out. It is a mostly enjoyable little flick with some interesting storytelling devices, but…

  • American Fiction

    American Fiction

    ★★★★

    Despite the less than enthusiastic reception around the ‘hood, I was down wif dis. It worked for me on most levels, but probably could’ve pushed and prodded a tad harder. Top notch performances, and humorous script with a few heartfelt moments along the way made for a solid night in front of the box, even if I would wish to have taken away something a little more to chew on post film rather than just the temporary satisfaction.

  • Robot Dreams

    Robot Dreams

    ★★★★

    What a charmer!

    A genuinely simple and touching tale of loneliness and relationships that tugs the heartstrings and ends in a satisfying way that you may not expect. Some of my children were in tears by the finale.

  • Zoolander

    Zoolander

    ★★★½

    A perfectly adequate and entertaining satire. I like Ben Stiller’s vibe as a filmmaker.

  • Anatomy of a Fall

    Anatomy of a Fall

    ★★★★★

    Even richer and more rewarding upon a follow-up viewing. I really wanted to watch this with the missus this time as it’s the type of film that’s right up her alley. Suffice to say she dug it and some good discussion was had post-film. Gotta give it up for Snoop, best dog performance ever?

  • Restore Point

    Restore Point

    ★★★

    Conceptually promising with high production value shooting for something akin to Minority Report, yet this Czech futuristic mystery barely raises the pulse with its bland and derivative execution and lifeless performances. Just passable, but will be easily forgotten.

  • Next Goal Wins

    Next Goal Wins

    ★★★½

    A pleasant surprise really. The trailer and run of the mill sports team needing a saviour trope had really not enthused me and honestly had me worried that Taika Waititi had really lost his way, but alas…
    The humour and heart of his homespun tales remains intact, the characters are pretty charming and there’s some cool storytelling devices utilised. As always with Waititi it is also chock full of 80’s nostalgia in the form of needle drops and film and TV references.

  • Fallen Leaves

    Fallen Leaves

    ★★★½

    Well this was a little bit sweet, just a little.
    All of Aki Kaurismäki‘s traits are present, but lessened just a little to the point that there is just not a whole lot to latch onto, even when his films are all about the small things, the little moments and the spaces in between. I liked the whole ode to cinema; the film is littered with posters of some of my favourites, and he even goes to the lengths of…

  • The Teachers’ Lounge

    The Teachers’ Lounge

    ★★★★

    Good luck bring a teacher in this modern era, the back of my neck is still prickling…

  • Wonka

    Wonka

    ★★★½

    Totally adequate and entertaining, but perhaps I expected a little more after the grand success that was Paul King’s Paddington 2. A wealth of great secondary cast performances to bolster the film, but a bit more Oomph from Chalamet and a bit more polish on the script might have made for something more scrumdiddilyumptious!

  • The Curse

    The Curse

    ★★★★

    Definitely part of the Nathan Fielder universe of awkward satire, this time with Benny Safdie and Emma Stone (she is stellar!) fleshing things out both behind and in front of the camera. That ending tho………… 
    The single most bizarre hour of TV since Twin Peaks!