Scott has written 164 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • An Evening with Tim Heidecker

    An Evening with Tim Heidecker

    ★★★★★

    I just have a tremendously good time watching this.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the best - the right level of mythologising that doesn’t overwhelm the audience with too much information. Luke’s growth feels natural, although he’s still outmatched, not only by Vader’s strength, but his cunning and experience. 

    Watched it for the first time with Hannah, aged five, who ate a lot of popcorn throughout, but she went very quiet towards the end of the big fight. The revelation seemed to carry a smaller impact, but maybe that’ll change in the future, maybe not.

  • The Sparks Brothers

    The Sparks Brothers

    ★★★★★

    Excellent documentary - a great overview of a band that deserves as much, if not more, attention than they currently get. 

    Going to spend the start of 2022 doing a big deep dive into Sparks.

  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

    The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

    ★★★★★

    First time watching Phantom of the Opera, and I had a very good time indeed. 

    All elements were great - the music, staging, costumes and the beautiful lips of the Phantom.

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    One of the best action films of all time - it delivers on every level, consistently. 

    Who gives a fuck about the Christmassy nature of the film - it’s a gem no matter when you watch it.

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    ★★★★★

    Bursting with character, a cracking action film for the festive period. Some of the best one-liners in Shane Black’s career.

  • The Limey

    The Limey

    ★★★★★

    Really interesting to read that originally they wanted Micheal Caine for the main part. What a waste that would’ve been. 

    Stamp has a swagger about him that total diminishes any sense that he’s a wee fish in a big pond. At times, this just feels like a regular errand, one that has an inevitable conclusion. 

    Walking back into a building full of guys that just gave you a hiding and killing them all? It’s just Tuesday, it’s just another rung…

  • Tokyo Godfathers

    Tokyo Godfathers

    ★★★★★

    A modern fable that, instead of trying to manipulate the audience with cheap and unearned sorrow, delivers its best blows by filling the screen with joy.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    It’s like the Metallica documentary How to make a Monster, except I love the lads here and can’t stand the Metallica boys. 

    This humanises the Beatles more than a million interviews ever could - we see them be a little petty, a little insecure, and pretty bored at times. 

    You also get to see their genuine bond with each other, and their love for the music. 

    Also Ringo does what must’ve been a terrible fart.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★★★

    Every action hero that’s followed can’t hold a candle to Jack Burton - handsome, athletic, thick as pig shit in the neck of a bottle. I love him.

  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★★★

    Just a lovely time.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing, this time with my Dad (who also loved it). 

    I’m impressed that a major blockbuster allows enough space for the audience to explore the story and motivations of the characters without just gently spooning it into our brains. 

    Paul’s visions are a great example - throughout the film we interpret them along with him, leading to a moment of revelation where he meets a guide who will open up a new world of knowledge, but on a path that Paul does not want to tread. 

    Could easily have watched Dune for another hour, and my mouth is shaped for more in 2023.