• Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    My earliest memory of Pulp Fiction was seeing the character poster featuring Bruce Willis on the London Underground and assuming it was an Action movie, knowing Willis only as Detective's John McClane and Joe Hallenbeck at the time.

    Well, it certainly wasn't that, but it was the first 18 rated film i saw in the cinema at the tender(ish) age of 15. Being that I looked 11 until I was about 30, this was no small feat.

    My dad took…

  • Emma.

    Emma.

    ★★★

    I'm not sufficiently literary to know how successful an adaptation of Austen this is, but it was as light & pretty as a Genoise sponge cake and just as enjoyable to consume.

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    I spent the first part of this movie fearing the excruciatingly foreshadowed atrocities to come with palpable dread, and once they arrive it takes a moment to clear your head of the images before the "movie proper" kicks in.

    Once we're in the journey through the wilderness/revenge portion of the film it settles into a nice rhythm, still punctuated by random (and some very deliberate) acts of shocking violence, as the tables are slowly turned on what has to rank…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    My son becoming obsessed with the LEGO movies is a step up from Shrek and Ice Age, and I'm still enjoying watching these on repeat (for now).

    Batman is probably my favourite of the bunch; its humour sits well with me and I love all the (fan-boy pandering) cameos.

  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    ★★★

    If this film came out in the 90s people would rememebr it fondly today, which they don't now.

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★

    This film creeped me out. Everything in Florida was icky.

  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

    Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

    ★★

    Does what it says on the tin.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★

    The push & pull of nostalgia is evident throughout this film, which is by any metric very entertaining with its likeable cast and Spielbergian tone, but I'm not sure if I liked it more for what it brought to the franchise, or what it borrowed?

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★★

    Nice to see Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro and David Harbour together for something worthy of their talents after slumming it for the Disney Dollar of late.

    Steven Soderberg is back in his Out Of Sight/Logan Lucky wheelhouse, and that's a place I'll happily spend my time in.

    The chicken soup of Cinema.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    For a film with a backdrop of such glorious vistas of rolling Montana mountain ranges (caught as elegantly and cinematically as you could dream by Ari Wenger), to feel this claustrophobic and oxygenless is testament to Jane Campion's vice-like grip on her movie.

    A hammered Kirsten Dunst, kicking her heels off, looking like mashed potatoe huffing her way across the ranch to spitefully give away her abusive brother-in-law's property to some Natives, only to be so overcome with emotion (and bourbon) when offered decorative hand made gloves in return that she passes out is up there for scene of the year.

  • Riders of Justice

    Riders of Justice

    ★★★★★

    Danish writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen's follow up to my favourite film of 2015, Men & Chicken, almost passed me by due to the obliteration of the movie release schedule during the pandemic.

    I had been chomping at the bit to see this without wanting to pay through the nose for an imported Bluray (it's annoyingly only available on DVD in the UK and I'm a resolution snob - which is also a delightful "in joke" to anyone that's seen this) and…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    Life is too precious to waste watching this moribund sludge of a movie.

    I got an hour into the (now seemingly mandatory) 2.5hr+ runtime and I was thoroughly bored out of my skull so shut it off.

    I have no desire to ever finish this dismal junk.

    Ponderous, slow motion horseshit.