Spectre takes the franchise back to its roots, as if all four films with Daniel Craig were the parts of a protracted prequel. It is a classier, more traditional and glamorous James Bond than the wildly uneven Skyfall. And it does a fantastic job of reimagining classic bond tropes while anchoring the plot very much in the present. The producers have finally and mercifully given up trying to ape Jason Bourne, and have delivered a treat for real, long-standing fans.…
Annabelle is a bit of an oddity. It starts off terribly, as the cheap Conjuring spin-off you expect it to be, flat, dull and with zero scares.
However, things improve quite a bit on the second half, the film develops a rather unnerving atmosphere that was previously cruelly missing, there are a handful of scary scenes, and the final act is satisfying enough and rather sad. Nice to see the too rare Alfre Woodward also.
An exhilarating and exquisite space folly, that is surprisingly involving and enormous fun.
The art direction is more 70's/80's French sci-fi graphic novels (with whom the film shares a punk/queer sensibility) than modern calibrated blockbusters, which is why some will call it "silly".
Proving that they still have the knack for it, the Wachowskis deliver some of the most exciting action scenes of recent memories and some fantastic set pieces (the chase in Chicago, the "eye of Jupiter" section...)
Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.
Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…