Favorite films

  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Whiplash
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Pan's Labyrinth

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  • Winchester '73

    ★★★★

  • Vertigo

    ★★★★★

  • Face/Off

    ★★★½

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★½

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  • Winchester '73

    Winchester '73

    ★★★★

    Simon's view of Westerns birth-2015: post Leone Westerns are aware of the nihilism of the West and the stupidity of killing and before that they're all cowboys vs Indian cheesy bullshit

    Simon's view of Westerns 2015-2021: holy shit, loads of these cheesy old one seem to saying far more than I'd thought

    Simon's view of Westerns 2021: I have NO idea if some of these films were trying to convey what I've taken from them.

    I thought this was excellent.…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Amazing. I had forgotten everything about this film. Not sure what wows me more - the second half's descent into darkness (well, neon really) or just how fucking brilliant it looks. And sounds. Oh it's just wonderful and still just completely unique in tone.

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  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    Look I know this isn't aimed at me, and a 38 year old man slagging off a Twilight film is actually slightly less dignified than a 38 year old man liking it but jesus, this was terrible. I could go on about CGI werewolves and sparkly vampires but that would be to miss the point, it's not really about all that and to be fair it could actually get away with it, were the characters and script not so irritating.…

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    Apparently if you make a revenge thriller more realistic you actually make it far more exciting. It's almost as if empathy is a far more effective took for emotional engagement than a line of people queuing up to get punched in the face by Liam Neeson.

    Visceral, tense and not mundane at all. Like early Coen Brothers without the knowing wink. Or early Mallick where character and story take precedence over the auteurial indulgences.