Martin has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta


    Reasonable filmic conversion of the graphic novel. It doesn’t really do a lot with it, but it’s fine.

  • A Room with a View

    A Room with a View


    It's an old Merchant-Ivory period piece. Pleasant enough, but kind of stilted in places. In part. some of that may be deliberate, to reflect the buttoned-up nature of the times, but it's hard to say.

    Amusingly, the image that's shown as I type this on Letterboxd — which may or may not be the image that accompanies the post when it reaches my blog — is from the very last scene of the film, if I'm not mistaken. An odd choice.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men


    This film is infuriating. It reminded me of Shallow Grave, at least at the start, in this way: if you find a load of money that's obviously come from a drug deal gone wrong, or otherwise somehow involved in organised crime, there is one thing you should not do. That is try it keep it all, to run away with it or hide it, and expect to survive the wrath of the criminals.

    The safest thing, of course, is to…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things


    Charlie Kaufman lets us down, by being deliberately, viscerally confusing, to the point of meaninglessness. Yet I find it quite compelling after the first twenty minutes or so. 

    Ultimately empty, though.

  • The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque

    The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque


    After watching Call My Agent! on Netflix, we wanted to watch some French films, and maybe with some of the actors and/or directors who were in the series. So we started with this.

    It's described as a comedy. It's mildly funny in places, but it's mainly a kind of social commentary thing about land use in rural France. Enjoyable enough.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short


    You might come out of this film with a better understanding of the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis -- or you might not. More likely, I think, you'll sort-of understand it while you're watching, but be none the wiser when it's all over.

    The question of what happened is explained, but not the one of how it was allowed to happen.

    But i think the problem with this as a movie is that it tries to dramatise…