• Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★

    A really sweet and (given its subject matter) non-judgmental film, but I absolutely fail to believe that anyone would find Mads Mikkelsen‘s history classes boring.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★½

    There’s absolutely no way I’m going to watch all eight hours of The Beatles waiting for inspiration, I said as I hit play,

  • The Water Diviner

    The Water Diviner

    ★★

    In probably one of the greatest tweets of all time, Russell Crowe asked a critic of his to give their address so Crowe might “explain his passions” to them. In The Water Diviner, Crowe’s passions are good - they’re just explained far too much. 




    Check out that “Additional Music by” credit though, phew! Lisa Gerrard, Richard Tognetti, Ludovico Eindaudi? Rusty’s got some mates!

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

    Maybe it was just having seen the very bad Black Widow the night before but I thought this was fun! At least as far as Marvel origin story films go, and even if every frame looks like it’s been lit with a ring light (even the night scenes).

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★

    Watching this in *checks notes* Imax Enhanced™️ mode, whatever that is, was illuminating because there were some scenes in regular aspect ratio that felt sort of marginally interesting and maybe directed by a human, and then there were scenes where the black bars disappeared and the beige Marvel “action” stuff happened. Anyway, boring two star Marvel movies are back, awoo.

  • The House Bunny

    The House Bunny

    ★★★★

    Truly, The House Bunny is the Citizen Kane of movies about playboy bunnies becoming sorority moms

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    Saw it in a movie theatre and everything, what a time

  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman

    ★★★★

    Some pretty basic issues regarding attitudes towards sex workers, and, well, women, aside, it’s still a fundamentally sweet and endearing film, powered largely by Julia Robert’s’ enormous charisma and smile (possibly the largest ever committed to film?). But what’s super fascinating to me about this film is how it is so obviously about class in every way except what it says it’s about. Instead, because it’s the United States, it’s like textbook Bourdieu, and difference is articulated by clothes and…

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★★

    Easily the best one since the original, though the lack of Nick Cave is a let down tbqh

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★

    In fairness, fax machines really are that scary.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★½

    Look it’s a bit of a mess, but it’s a fun mess, and when you open your sequel with an extended scene of two black filmgoers critiquing how white the original film was, that’s honestly pretty something (even if the rest of the sequel is almost just as white as the original).

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★½

    This is a real top of the line horror, I’m amazed I hadn’t seen it before. Also PHILLIP GLASS on the soundtrack, why had no-one told me???