Ross

Anything above 3 stars is good, anything above 4 I love, 2.5 is fine, but below that? Forget it mate. Top 4 are festive favourites

Favorite films

  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Black Christmas
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Carol

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  • Documenteur

    ★★★

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★★½

  • Mur Murs

    ★★★★

  • Vampires vs. the Bronx

    ★★★½

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  • Brazil

    Brazil

    ★★★★★

    "That’s your receipt for your husband, and this is my receipt for your receipt"

    Somewhere in the 20th Century. Another day in the office, another form filled out, another dream over far too soon. The machine looms high over us all, making sure we're kept busy with endless work until we're totally numb to the world exploding all around us, shocking acts of violence reduced to background ambiance. We're all in this together, kid.

    One of my favourite things about…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    "I'm a star. I'm a star. I'm a star."

    Paul Thomas Anderson's fireball of a sophomore feature has been a staple in my film-watching life since I was a teenager, enduring as one of the single most exciting and electric films I've ever seen and never failing to leave me in awe in spite of the countless times I've rewatched it. It's an age-old story of the poison chalice of fame, the euphoric rise followed by the crushing fall, accompanied…

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  • Documenteur

    Documenteur

    ★★★

    Incredibly happy I watched Mur Murs before this, as it really prepped me for how Varda operates when she goes stateside. What I really loved about that film is how she totally surrenders to her status as an outsider, conceding that she'll never paint a comprehensive portrait of her subject and instead being more than content to just observe how a city expresses itself. Documenteur broadens that out, a fictional companion to its documentary counterpart that flips the camera around…

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★★½

    "When you have a catchphrase, the world is catched by your phrase"

    Is 4.5-ing this a hot take? It shouldn't be. Popstar is both a note perfect pisstake of a culture that's ostensibly too ridiculous to fully parody and a non-stop joke machine cranking out some of the most harebrained absurd comedy to be put out by a major studio in the last decade. Even as a longtime fan of The Lonely Island, part of me is still sort of…

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

    "It's dangerous to confuse speaking thoughtlessly with speaking the truth"

    If there's ever been a disruptor among the Hollywood studio scene in the last decade, it is surely Rian Johnson, a man who delights in subverting expectations as much as a master detective does in solving puzzles. When I left the cinema after seeing Knives Out in 2019, it felt like a perfect demonstration of Johnson's primary storytelling skill- the ability to master the fundamentals of genre so well that…

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★★

    Pinocchio loves hot chocolate and hates facists: film of the year!

    A gorgeous, heartfelt adaptation of the timeless folk tale, one that, to my mind, stands above them all by remembering exactly what Pinocchio as a character represents: the enduring power of a father's love. It's another stellar take on Del Toro's pet theme-the power of disobedience in the face of authority, but I'm hard pressed to remember another one of his films pairing that with such winning sweetness. I'm…