• Naked

    Naked

    I've seen this film before. It was called GROUNDHOG DAY.

  • The Scarecrow

    The Scarecrow

    ★★½

    The first half of this short film is amazing, a single-roomed house constantly transformed through Heath Robinson-esque contraptions (and mainly the pulling of strings). Worth watching for the invention, and the skill of operation.

    The second half is standard slapstick fare.

  • Creep

    Creep

    ★★½

    Far too over-reliant on jump-scares.

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    I don't eat sushi but after watching this film I really wanted to eat sushi.

  • Five Shaolin Masters

    Five Shaolin Masters

    ★★★

    Watching this immediately after Come Drink With Me, the contrast is striking. Of the two, this is the newer film, but it feels older. Directed by Chang Cheh, the staging in this film is of the much more traditional 'plonk the camera down and film the fighting' sort. There's none of the creativity or inventiveness found in Come Drink With Me to be found here.

    This is not a bad thing, per se. More than anything else, it's a difference…

  • Come Drink with Me

    Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★

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

    It turns out that this is the first King Hu film I've actually watched, and yet so much of it felt familiar. This because, as it turns out, so many other films I've seen have been inspired by Hu's films - and at least one, New Dragon Gate Inn, was a remake of one of his.

    If there's one thing that impressed me most, it was Hu's eye. From the way scenes were set up, to how they were filmed,…

  • Happy Christmas

    Happy Christmas

    ½

    This is a terrible movie. There's no plot, and it doesn't end so much as get abandoned. Everyone involved needs to take a good, long look in the mirror and think and what they've done.

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★

    Adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness. Overall strong, though school and bullying strand needed a little more work for it to have full impact. Rest of the film had full impact, though, as Conor struggles to cope with his mother's cancer. Lewis MacDougall had to carry to film pretty much by himself and he was outstanding, a hugely impressive achievement for an actor of his age.