Freelance writer. Film fan, gamer, and sumo watcher.

Favorite films

  • Ghost in the Shell
  • The Thing
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Die Hard

Recent activity

  • A Taxing Woman's Return


  • A Taxing Woman


  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


  • Doctor Strange


Recent reviews

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


    I think I liked that? I appreciated how often it felt like a Raimi film - especially that closer before the credits roll - but couldn't help but feel there was something a little off, a little missing, even as I enjoyed the more inventive, less rote touches.

    Maybe it's just awareness that Raimi took over after Derrickson left the project: it feels disjointed. Was that a case of the film changing through development and not making it out the…

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Sequels and prequels get a bad reputation, but I'm all for storytellers just noodling around with characters and settings even if there aren't real consequences. A prequel set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is necessarily hemmed in by the established beats of those existing stories, and one that focuses on characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, characters whose fates are so clearly defined, even more so. Still, the show could easily win me over by…

Popular reviews

  • The Last Dance

    The Last Dance


    Most of Juzo Itami's films are, in some way, critical of Japanese society - whether it's yakuza, politicians, the police, or something more minor and intricate. It took a while for me to realise where The Last Dance (aka Daibyouin, "The Seriously Ill Patient") was going. It's actually a plot hook that appeared in A Taxing Woman 2: a patient whose cancer diagnosis is withheld from them, and kept secret.

    Until this film, and a little research, I didn't realise…

  • Project A

    Project A


    I love '80s Jackie Chan and this feels like him at his peak. Somehow, it had completely passed me by and it was only recently that I discovered this film, and its sequel, even existed. What a treat! I may like this even more than Police Story. Just non-stop vintage action, stunts, and comedy.