devilgate has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • 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…