Jon Walmsley

Just from 2018 onwards. I'll be buggered if I'm looking back through everything I've ever watched!

Favorite films

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Inside

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  • The BFG

    ★★★

  • Crime Story

    ★★★½

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★

  • Sissy

    ★★★

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  • The BFG

    The BFG

    ★★★

    Watched the Spielberg BFG this afternoon with the family. Pretty faithful adaptation that looked very pretty and has a great cast (particularly Mark Rylance as the giant) but I don't know, just felt a bit empty for some reason.

    It didn't really add anything to the story that I've known and loved for years (I recently re-read it to my daughter who also loved it). I think it felt so CG that it rather lost its heart while chasing beautiful effects.

    Perhaps I'd have liked it more if I didn't know the book.

  • Crime Story

    Crime Story

    ★★★½

    Man, 90s action movies - especially Hong Kong 90s action movies - really don't hold back. When something blows up or gets destroyed then it *really* blows up and gets destroyed. And there's a lot of explosions, destruction and car crashes in this thing. So many one-take shots.

    This may not be peak 90s HK cinema, nor is it peak Jackie Chan either, but by god is it a great gateway between the two. Chan's fights are restrained but still…

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  • The Mansion

    The Mansion

    ★★★½

    Rather enjoyed this one. The characters were all great fun (if clichéd) and although the story of 'friends go off to an abandoned building for a party and slowly get killed by mysterious being' isn't the most original, it was really well done.

    It was pretty funny in places too, although some of the jokes were obvious and dated.

    But really, it looked great - some fantastic lighting and sets here, it was good fun, and didn't go in an expected direction. A nice little light-comedy horror worth checking out.

  • The Girl in the Yellow Jumper

    The Girl in the Yellow Jumper

    ★★★

    That was a hoodie. Not a jumper.

    Yeah, that was worth a watch. Nice minimal cast film that mostly consists of two guys (one a cop, the other a hitchhiker) in a car chatting about who they are and how they got to where they are. But you know something is a bit off with these folks so it keeps you guessing.

    Some interesting narrative styles, with flashbacks and the odd animated section too that mostly work well, although some…