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  • Saturday Fiction

    Saturday Fiction

    ★★

    Spy thrillers are one genre where it’s very easy to have too much of a good thing. They’re powered by secrets and twists, but Saturday Fiction is burdened with too much of the former at the start, and too much of the latter by the end.

    It’s incredibly difficult to find your footing with Ma Yingli’s script, which introduces Jean Yu (Gong Li) as an actress and a spy in World War Two era Shanghai and surrounds her with an…

  • Babyteeth

    Babyteeth

    ★★★★

    It’s hard to avoid the twin evils of mawkishness and misery when making a film about cancer, but Shannon Murphy navigates those potential pitfalls brilliantly with Babyteeth, her debut feature.

    At first, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with Milla (Eliza Scanlen), other than a nosebleed seemingly caused by her dizzying meet-cute with charming small-time crook Moses (Toby Wallace). The pair have a sweet and unstable chemistry, though the script’s one big cliché is that Milla is not only terminally ill but virginal, emphasising her purity and the cancer that will soon destroy it.

    Full review at: oneroomwithaview.com/2019/09/04/babyteeth-venice-2019-review/

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    There aren’t enough expletives or adjectives to express quite how much you need to see Fury Road.

    Its brutal war-torn world, built on the liquid viscera of blood, milk and oil, is a dystopia; but the future that Max (Hardy) and Furiosa (Theron) are fighting for feels gloriously utopian.

    It’s not just the visuals – a fire and brimstone hellscape conjured by Miller and DoP John Seale – that feel shockingly new, but the film’s politics. Fury Road is righteously,…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    This is not the Suspiria you know and love. It lacks the lurid colours, ferocious pace and vicious gore. But it is a fascinating reinterpretation of a classic, and all the more interesting for it. It would be a fool’s errand to remake Suspiria with the same thrumming psychedelic hysteria as the 1977 original, something which Luca Guadagnino clearly recognised early.

    From the fog of constant rain he drags a divided Berlin with Baader-Meinhof on the streets and demonic witches…