• The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    Very good, but I was left a bit puzzled and underwhelmed  by the ending.

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★½

    Not sure how to assess this. I watched it only vaguely aware it was based on a true story, and knowing almost nothing else about it.
    The film seems to very deliberately provide no setup/context and only gradually reveal what it is really about. This worked brilliantly for me, as the excellent performances drew me into an atmosphere of dread and menace with no idea where it was going. 
    Now, having finished it, that seems like a strange and perhaps…

  • Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

    ★★★

    Frustrating because large parts of it are very good. Especially Jeevan and young Kirsten.
    But what they’ve done with the Prophet character doesn’t work and the final episode in particular is a mess. 
    Maybe it would land differently with me if I hadn’t read the book (but I don’t really think so, that stuff would still be stupid).

  • Happy Gilmore

    Happy Gilmore

    ★★½

    Watched on flight. Interesting to revisit ‘classic’ Sandler after recently rewatching Punch-Drunk Love. I enjoyed myself more than 2.5 stars suggests, but it probably deserves less. Sandler is still an entertaining presence but otherwise there’s nothing to it.

    The scene where he smashes a bottle against the bar to threaten Shooter McGavin always stuck in my head as unsettlingly realistic and nasty.  It was a technique I had never heard or thought of before watching this as a teenager.

  • The Bourne Supremacy

    The Bourne Supremacy

    ★★★

    Also watched on flight. Stayed awake throughout but wasn’t as good as sleeping through Bourne Identity

  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    ★★★½

    Watched on a flight. Fell asleep for quite a lot of the middle and missed Clive Owen’s big scene 😔