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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2015 1

    I wrote around 1,000 words on the good and the bad of Kingsman: The Secret Service, mostly concentrating on the incredibly dubious gender politics on screen (it ain't called "QueensWoman", after all...) but it was exhausting and it wasn't really helping to calm me down.

    So here's the lone surviving closing sentence: "Like the shiny platters of greasy fast food that megalomaniac villain Richmond Valentine favours, Kingsman: The Secret Service is vaguely enjoyable to a point, but once you’ve swallowed the whole thing, you just end up feeling queasy and wishing that you hadn’t bothered."

  • Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    The "Get Down Saturday Night" interlude is so perversely brilliant that it almost threatens to unbalance everything that comes both before and after it.

    Almost...

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  • Due Date 2010

    ½ Watched 16 Jul, 2012

    The sheer fucking unwarranted hubris of Todd Phillips that he thought he could better (let alone equal) PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES. I laughed a total of two times - both times because Downey Jr. pulled a facial expression that managed to rise above the pitiful slop of the script.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2013

    Jodo recruits a crew of spiritual warriors (including Moebius, Giger and Chris Foss) to dream a film that will reverberate through the future of science-fiction cinema for almost forty years and counting. And it never even got made. Heartening, beautiful, funny and even occasionally awe-inspiring.