• David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★★

    I went to see this show in London in 2018 knowing it was a bit of a punt and thinking at least I’d be in a room with a legend while he maybe performed a few of the old favourites. Instead I got possibly the most extraordinary, vital and relevant gig I’ve ever attended. And now Spike Lee has perfectly captured it for posterity. An absolute joy.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★

    Love everything about Guillermo del Toro bar his films.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    George yawning while hearing one of the greatest songs in history come into being in real time is beyond special. Ringo has the exact passive energy of my catholic wife at a dinner with my side of the family while we tear into each other. John and Paul still really made each other laugh in 1969 and it’s a beautiful thing.

    Nothing speaks more to how fucked our attention spans now are than a documentary humanising the most important band…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★

    I didn’t spot one example of anyone getting noshed off, let alone 400.

  • The Super Bob Einstein Movie

    The Super Bob Einstein Movie

    Quite simply one of the funniest people ever to have lived.

    P.S. Your cunt is in the sink.

  • Topsy-Turvy

    Topsy-Turvy

    Watched with Mike Leigh’s commentary.

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★½

    I’m starting to think I’m not going to be able to dance like that in my 50s.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    In the 1990s, Radiohead made their most enjoyable work at the second attempt. Since then, they've made albums that were more important, more ambitious and objectively better but none as purely pleasurable. Will they ever make a record that sounds like The Bends again? Nice dream.

    In the 1990s, Paul Thomas Anderson made his most enjoyable work at the second attempt. Since then, he's made films that were more important, more ambitious and objectively better but none as purely pleasurable. Licorice Pizza isn't exactly a spiritual sequel to Boogie Nights but it's closer than we might ever have thought possible.

  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★½

    As magic as you’d expect from a film whose cast and crew reads like a who’s who of the Hollywood golden age.

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★★★★

    There's a moment in this film that makes absolutely no sense. Grandpa has taken Esther to the ball because John's tux is stuck at the tailor's. The music swells as grandfather and granddaughter waltz behind a Christmas tree, at which point Esther emerges, without missing a beat, in the arms of John. The moment defies belief on every level, not least because John had no way of securing a tuxedo, the handover is pretty much physically impossible and no explanation is ever given for any of it.

    It's pure magic and quite probably the greatest cut in cinema history.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    Mike Mills is one of the few filmmakers who gets better with every movie. Absolutely everything I want from a film, just so warm and wise and empathetic.

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★

    I may be the only adult alive who thinks My Life as a Courgette is her best film by a country mile.