• A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Oof. This is a real stinker. 

    Easily the worst A24 film I’ve seen yet. A pathetic story with absolutely no character or motivations filmed by the poorest cinematography since a Stevie Wonder home movie. Edited worse than The Phantom Menace and then finally adorned with the worst soundtrack ever put to film. 

    Also has a really sad ending as the daft cunt doesn’t die. I was all ready to cheer as well.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★½

    It’s taken me awhile to get here but I’ve decided I actually quite like this one. It’s easily the best prequel. Not as good as any of if the originals but pretty good.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★

    I mean, it’s no better or worse than The Phantom Menace.

  • The Hole in the Ground

    The Hole in the Ground

    ★★★

    Another A24 film. This one was a little ambiguous as all good modern horror is. There is definitely a reading of this which is outrightly horrible.

    Delicious!

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★★★

    Took me a few episodes to get onboard. Kinda thought it was trash at the start. 

    In some ways it is: what’s the worst thing about the prequels? An annoying kid! Oh good let’s have a child Leia in this= Yikes.

    In the end though it won me over. Even Leia. Some shoddy writing aside it was pretty good.

  • Beast

    Beast

    ★★★★½

    After watching Men me and my wife are on a A24 and Jessie Buckley ride. Got a whole bunch of A24 films lined up so will prob drop them all in a list!

    A rewatch of Beast and it’s a solid A24 film really! Long scenic shots, violence, and a really powerful thundering Nolan-esquire score where they pull all dialogue.

    I really like this one.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★

    This is very much a film written by a rich person. 

    “Oh democracy takes too long” and “I don’t like tax” are the key themes here. As well as insanely racist vibes which are kinda hilarious in their stupidity. Jar Jar and the incredible flying Jew are just marvellous in their naivety. Not one person went “hang on” at any point which says everything you need to know about cults.

    It is a very boring film - although some of…

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    All My Friends Hate Me

    ★★★★

    Saw this at the Filmhouse with the two writers Q&A. 

    First of all, I loved this. It is so well performed. You think it’s going one way when actually it’s going another. 

    Second of all, it is so awkward and cringy you may bite your fingers off watching it.

    One of my faves of the year.

  • Flashdance

    Flashdance

    ★½

    I watched this again having seen one of those Jerry Bruckheimer talks about his films things on YouTube. I was reminded it was directed by the guy who made Jacob’s Ladder so wanted to revisit.

    I forgot it was written by the guy who did Showgirls however. Yikes.

    It’s boring junk.

  • Shivers

    Shivers

    ★★★

    I keep wanting to really get into Cronenberg but it’s only really The Fly I love by him. His early stuff is basically just scenes of bad stuff happening to people we don’t care about. 

    If this film had any characters we could relate to it’s be infinitely better.


    But 3 stars for pure disgustingness!

  • Men

    Men

    ★★★★

    I really enjoyed this. Very solid tone and then goes properly body horror sick in the final act. Whole not entirely sure what “happened” I think the real success is making the audience feel as uncomfortable as the average woman feels in situations with men with unclear motives.

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★

    This reminded me of Nightmare Alley. I preferred this as the violence is proper nasty. That teeth drilling sequence = superb!

    But, as with literally every film aside from Mousehunt, Gore's film is far too long. I think the first act is really good, the second act a bit shaky and it nearly lost me when they went to the pub and had a dance. Then the third act isn't sure what it wants to do: within ten minutes it's tried a sad ending then switched it to a heroic one.

    Ultimately unsatisfying but it looked beautiful at least.