• Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    (Criterion 4K UHD)

    Pure anxiety from beginning to end. A frantic rush of gambling, bad decisions and nerve-wracking tension with Adam Sandler delivering the best performance of his career at the centre. Sadly, Criterion decided not to release Uncut Gems in the UK, so I had to import the stunningly packaged edition, but as expected from Criterion, this is a top tier release that looks instantly better than it's streaming counterpart.

    Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) goes from gamble to gamble…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★½

    (Blu-ray)

    A stranger than fiction true story based on a Twitter thread is an interesting subject to adapt to a film. Zola follows a Detroit waitress Zola (Taylour Paige) who also works a job stripping but is sucked into a wild 48 hours by a new friend (Riley Keough) as she is forced into a ride of prostitution, violent pimps and uncomfortable situations.

    There's a certain dreamlike quality to Janicza Bravo's direction that instantly draws comparisons to Harmony Korine's work…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★½

    (Cinema) (Odeon Guildford)

    Ridley Scott, you absolute mad man. His career might be spotty as all hell the past decade plus, but he delivers the goods here to present a deliriously nonsensical, campy and deeply unhinged biopic that I did not expect from him. I assumed this would be telling a fairly standard true crime biopic about the Gucci Gang, instead this was a big budget, overacted soap with a star studded cast of greats and Jared Leto.

    Plot wise,…

  • Pirates

    Pirates

    ★½

    (Cinema) (Odeon Guildford)

    Ultimately not for me. An utterly grating experience of teenagers acting like morons, committing crimes and listening to garbage music. There's vibes of Inbetweeners and countless other British teen comedies, but never comes close to feeling unique or even interesting, despite a couple of genuine laughs. A pretty miserable 80 minutes of some of the most unbearably annoying characters I've seen on screen all year. About on par with that abysmal People Just Do Nothing movie from earlier this year, equally as painful to endure, but at least this was 20 minutes shorter. A genre I think I've sadly grown out of.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★★

    (Cinema) (Odeon Guildford)

    Not being a fan of manipulative biopics, sports or Will Smith, this seemed like a recipe for something I was going to hate. Another in the long line of terrible vanity projects alongside garbage like Collateral Beauty, Seven Pounds and countless others. King Richard manages to transcend it's biopic tropes and excessive runtime thanks to telling an engrossing story and boasting one the best performances of Will Smith's career.

    A lot has been said of Smith's performance.…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★½

    (Cinema) (Odeon Guildford)

    Another new release I was massively dreading, despite Chloe Zhao at the helm directing. I am so, so tired of Marvel films now. This year especially has been massively underwhelming, I had fun with Black Widow, but Shang Chi and pretty much all the Disney+ shows outside of Loki bored me senseless. It was all just mediocre, soulless content, nothing more, nothing less.

    Eternals, for whatever reason has been taking a critical beating and I have absolutely…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★½

    (Cinema) (Odeon Guildford)

    I wasn't entirely convinced we needed another Ghostbusters film. After the not great second film and the thoroughly mediocre 2016 reboot, I thought this well had been run dry. Even the trailers had me dreading another dose of cynical nostalgia porn that people are sadly eating up like catnip these days.

    To my surprise, this may not be perfect, but captures the spirit of the franchise not seen since the 1984 original. There's a fun, new and…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    (4K UHD)

    Quentin Tarantino has made a lot of excellent films, masterpieces even, but of all the stunning work he's done, Inglorious Basterds is the one I come back to the most. An all-star cast, demented take on World War 2, incredibly written and shot. It's everything I could possibly want from Tarantino and more.

    It's an unrestrained full on dose of Tarantino that doesn't feel held back at all. Everything that makes his films so great is on display…

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    ★★

    (Netflix)

    I was honestly dreading watching this. The trailers were atrocious, the trio of Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot leading the cast (3 of the most boring actors currently around) and just the fact it was a Netflix Original Film was a recipe for disaster. To my surprise, this wasn't the disasterpiece I expected it to be, instead it was just thoroughly mediocre and mildly watchable to a point.

    From visionary director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    (Cinema) (BFI Southbank)

    The ultimate Cops and Robbers film. Quite possibly Michael Mann's best film, a grand, visceral crime epic that is one of the best of its genre. Iconic, groundbreaking and endlessly rewatchable. It's so rare 3 hours can go by this fast. True cinema that hasn't aged one second.

    Al Pacino as an unstable cop (Who is definitely off his arse on more cocaine than Tony Montana) and Robert De Niro as a cool as fuck, cold, calculated…

  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★★½

    (Cinema) (BFI Southbank)

    Have been wanting to watch this for years and after seeing Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies a while back, I wish I got to this sooner. Thankfully I got to see it for the first time in cinema with a stunningly good new 4K restoration from BFI and approved by Mike Leigh. Shame it's not getting a physical 4K release, but I'll definitely pick up their release on Blu at some point.

    All I really knew going…

  • Home Sweet Home Alone

    Home Sweet Home Alone

    (Disney+)

    Exactly what you thought it would be. A deeply unnecessary, soulless and pointless "reimagining" of the first Home Alone. Shot like a made for TV Disney Channel Movie and edited to absolute shit. Lacking any of the heart, humour and violent edge of the original, this is a complete waste of time.

    Wrapped in eye-rolling callbacks and references to the original with lazy referential humour to the point I'm almost convinced everyone involved knew they were making garbage and…