RSS feed for Philip

Favorite films

Recent activity

All films

Recent reviews

More
  • Nixon

    Nixon 1995

    ★★★½ Added

    Never underestimate the emotional power of 'Shenandoah': www.youtube.com/watch?v=19OZnyl-POg

    Also, Hopkins doesn't need to look like Tricky Dick to make you feel like you're watching Richard Milhous Nixon.

    Also also, Joan Allen and Mary Steenburgen.

  • House

    House 1977

    ★★★½ Added

    Cats are evil, but I didn't need this batshit nuttiness to tell me that.

    To be honest, though, behind the hyper-edited technicolor insanity is a fairly conventional haunted house story. It overcomes its limitations through pure imagination, though the underlying rambling familiarity made me yearn for the eerie focus of something like Kwaidan. Still, I got to watch a girl get eaten by a piano, so who am I to complain?

Popular reviews

More
  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…