devilgate has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Pretend It's a City

    Pretend It's a City

    ★★★½

    Date is approximate, and anyway we watched the various parts over two or three weeks.

    Really good, though annoying in places. Fran Lebowitz is great on many things, misanthropic on many things, and would be fun to talk to. Scorsese is a great interviewer, but he doesn’t have to laugh at _everything_ she says.

  • Walker

    Walker

    ★★★½

    I really thought I’d seen this before, but remembered nothing about it. Having watched it now, I doubt that I ever actually did see it, because none of it was familiar. 

    I have the soundtrack album, of course, cos the music was written by Joe Strummer. 

    It’s a weird film, but it may actually be Alex Cox’s best apart from _Repo Man_, given that _Sid & Nancy_ wasn’t as good as I remembered, and _Straight To Hell _ is... its own thing.

  • Misbehaviour

    Misbehaviour

    ★★★½

    Good wee film about the women who protested at the 1970 Miss World show. Based on what actually happened. 

    Surprising to learn that the phrase “Women’s Liberation” only originated then.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★½

    Good to watch an old movie for a strange. Great example of starting with the end and telling the whole story in flashback. The voiceover gets a bit wearing, especially when it’s telling you things you can see perfectly well happening on screen.

    It’s quite a strange film, and another example of Hollywood telling stories about itself.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    In considering how rich families try to control who their progeny marry, I found it interesting to see if this mapped on to <cite>Pride and Prejudice</cite> at all. Only if if you stretch things quite a lot. "Darcy" and "Elizabeth" are already together at the start, after all.

    It's a fun enough romp if you don't mind the fantastical displays of fabulous wealth. Interesting too, to see Michelle Yeoh as a controlling mother rather than a kickass starship captain.

  • Fighting with My Family

    Fighting with My Family

    ★★★½

    I didn't expect to be watching a film about wrestling, much less one made in association with the WWE. I mean, if had been about the old British wrestling matches they used to show on Sundays on ITV -- Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki -- then maybe.

    But this turned out to be a lot of fun. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, it's based on the true story of a wrestling-mad family in Norwich, and how they try to get into the giant American wrestling entertainment business.

    Not bad at all.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★½

    I liked this a lot more than I expected to. When I saw the trailer (I think back in December, when we saw Knives Out) I was a bit freaked out by it. What’s this, you’ve got a film about a kid in the Hitler Youth, with Hitler as a character, and they seem to be playing it for comedy? This looks well dodgy.


    My kids knew it was by Taika Waititi , though, and that seemed to make it…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★½

    Well, 42 years after seeing the first part of this story (if fourth episode, though it wasn't called that then), we finally get its end.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I don't think it quite lives up to the legacy. I've given it three and a half stars here, but it hovers, Force-suspended, between that and four. Obviously I was hoping for a five, or at least a four and a half.

    There were some daft parts, some annoying parts, and many spectacular parts; but no really outstanding parts; nothing that we'll look back on as being iconic.