• Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    Mostly shit. I loved the 95 version when I was a wee lad. I loved the soundtrack of that era too. It made sense since I loved the game as a kid. But they took it all seriously this time around and it’s a mega snoozefest.

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

    Saul Goodman meets John Wick in a fun, violent, vigilante movie.

  • About Time

    About Time

    ★★★★

    I missed the New Year’s Day tradition of watching About Time this year for doing the very thing they mention in this movie. To live each day with more positive intent. And I have been, ever more so, since my son was born three years ago.

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★½

    Trashy fun again for Verhoeven

  • She's Having a Baby

    She's Having a Baby

    ★★★★

    John Hughes pre-90’s movies always felt like they came from the heart. She’s Having a Baby definitely feels like it continues his catalogue of personal films. Gone are the teenage years and now we’re entering post-college life, career, marriage, suburbia, and of course, having kids.

    Whilst the film is flawed and disjointed, I still found a lot to admire about Hughes’ screenplay and his direction of his actors. You have to remember this was made in 1988 and many things have…

  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★★

    I should have saved this one for Schlocktober this year but we’re still in a pandemic so why not?

    This is my first viewing of Tobe Hooper’s 1981 film, a film that apparently caught Spielberg’s eye to get Hooper the directorial gig in Poltergeist. As I was watching the film, I was trying to determine what it was about it that made Spielberg pick Hooper. It’s clear Hooper has a great sense of location and atmosphere going on in The…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★½

    Here’s a forgotten John Hughes movie with a fucking gorgeous Jennifer Connelly and a charismatic Frank Whaley, stuck inside a Target store all night, fighting off two crooks. A very uneven John Hughes flick, apparently one he distanced himself from but it’s certainly not his worst. In fact, there are some nice moments throughout, even beyond the infamous Connelly horse riding scene.

  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★

    A much more enjoyable Verhoeven film than Total Recall and right up there next to Robocop in terms of my favourite from the director. He’s in his element, the Phil Tippet f/x, even in 2021 are really solid. So many cheesy, great lines. A total blast.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★

    An extra star with Bottin’s effects. 4K print looks sublime but it’s not within my favourite Verhoeven experiences. I actually think this is also one of Arnie’s lesser performances. But despite all of this, it’s still a fantastic execution and story.

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    The Last of the Mohicans

    ★★★★½

    A remastered 4K with Dolby Atmos score thanks Mr Mann.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    The UHD print on Amazon Prime looks pretty amazing. Is it 4K blu ray remastered amazing? Probably not but it’s still the best I’ve ever seen the film look to date.

    Watching Thief for the first time a couple of nights ago also makes me appreciate both films in different ways. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, very similar themes throughout but having Pacino and De Niro in peak form on screen together is hard to beat. And Heat…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    Arrow’s 4K remaster is the only way I could possibly experience my first time with Michael Mann’s debut film. And it’s a stunner.

    Yes, it’s taken me this long to watch it but these warm summer nights are the best for nighttime soaked crime dramas. Unbelievable to think this was Mann’s debut. Impeccably shot, the score by Tangerine Dream a masterpiece, James Caan’s best performance outside of The Godfather and a very impressive Willie Nelson cameo. I’ll never tire of…