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Rod has written 187 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Kubrick by Kubrick

    Kubrick by Kubrick

    ★★★½

    There’s not much I haven’t seen, read or listened to about the great man over many years of fascination and this doesn’t really bring much new to the table, but it’s nice to hear his voice as an accompaniment to his stunning visuals nonetheless.

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★½

    A touch of sweetness brings it all together in the end, but it didn’t really feel like it earned it. My favourite moment was the ‘Rise to Valhalla’ sequence. Diet Pixar at best.

  • Marathon Man

    Marathon Man

    ★★★½

    I barely remembered anything about this from my last viewing maybe 15 or so years ago, and I thought I might perhaps be onto a winning rediscovery when noticing high praise around the grounds, but man is this overstuffed!

    A stacked cast, an often thrilling and intriguing screenplay and solid direction from Schlesinger with many fine set-pieces, yet it somehow all feels a tad convoluted and bloated if I’m honest, often losing its way inside its own shady world of…

  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green

    ★★★½

    I just finished watching this for the first time, wondering why I had never seen it before. Whilst being a dystopian setting (2022) and not being set in the 70’s, it bears all the hallmarks of a paranoia thriller/government conspiracy plot, effectively reflecting the fears and anxieties of the time it was made. The ending is quite famous (and would likely be meme-worthy today) and now I can finally understand the context of the quote that Charlton Heston’s police officer…

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★½

    Would it have been better without Nic Cage?
    Is it better because of Nic Cage?
    Full Cage with a passion for Llamas is the answer you seek.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★½

    Hard to express how I feel about one of my favourite filmmakers offering up a film that didn’t satisfy quite as I’d hoped. I knew of its maligned status, but had convinced myself that it was just Jarmusch naysayers and internet toxicity casting a shadow on it. Sadly after finally seeing it, I can understand the backlash despite enjoying it a decent amount, but unlike some of his other films (ie. The Limits of Control) that took me a couple…

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★½

    Cue Seth Rogen cum face:
    “Ohhhh boy!”

  • Yellow Submarine

    Yellow Submarine

    ★★★½

    It’s a trippy headf#@k to look at, but at the end of the day, you are really only waiting for the next song throughout.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★½

    If I knew this was a comedy, I probably would have watched it sooner, although it’s not exactly humorous for the most part, despite its tone (the use of Bowie’s “Fame” kills me every time). Whilst overlong and extremely difficult to watch at times with LVT’s best and worst traits coming to the fore, it’s an interesting self-analysis and meta-commentary for the infamous filmmaker and his career as well as a delicious character piece for Dillon. I would cautiously recommend it.

  • Border

    Border

    ★★★½

    One of the more interesting film’s I’ve seen recently, but there is just something so damn uncomfortable and icky with one of the sub-plots of the film that it almost derailed it for me. Still, I’m glad I went in blind with this as I was pleasantly surprised with its unique and twisted fairytale-like quality.

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    ★★★½

    Aki tackles Dostoevsky for his debut feature and does so rather successfully. Whilst it might smack of a filmmaker attempting to find his own unique voice (which he will certainly arrive at with his following film), it is a confident and assured affair no doubt.

  • Juha

    Juha

    ★★★½

    Silent and deadly!