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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Why haven't they made a 'reimagining' of Jaws for modern audiences? I don't want a remake per se, I don't really want a USS Indianapolis film either as Quint already told that story. But could a trip back to Amity with new characters work? I think it could.

    My main fear though is two fold. Could a slow burn suspense shark movie be hugely sellable? Would modern filmmakers use too many modern, quickly dated CGI effects? Spielberg has already stated…

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★★½

    Solid thriller from Netflix (one of their better movies) with shades of The Happening and The Mist although not as stupid as the former but also not as interesting as the latter.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★★½

    Novel concept and definitely a great tactic to win over Netflix lurkers but ultimately the story isn't hugely satisfying and I completed about three endings. Would have loved more singular episodes honestly but I do applaud the approach.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    Beautifully directed, photographed and acted, Phantom Thread actually came out in 2018 here in Australia but I'm only seeing it now. It isn't my favourite PTA film but I can see why so many would think that. It's a fantastic character study on the complexity of toxic relationships and the ebbs and flows of power shifts.

  • Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2

    ★★

    What? Huh? How? The fuck? 

    Why is this sequel, to one of the greatest action movies of all time, 113 mins of conversation and only 10 mins of 'action'? How did this actually eventuate?

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★½

    Stop it everyone — It's a fucking Christmas movie.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    I love the score from Jonny Greenwood. It's moody, it's VERY Greenwood and elevates the dream-like quality of the film. Joaquin Phoenix is the embodiment of a violent lost soul here and I did like the subjective nature of it all. Did he really go through with everything or not? I guess that's up to the viewer.

    With references to films like Taxi Driver and Drive the only issue I had with it is I connected more with those films. For me, they are both more satisfying cinematic experiences. Never-the-less, You Were Never Really Here packs both a visceral and understated punch to the gut.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    I see this entering a lot of "Best of 2018" lists and I can totally see why that might be but ultimately I found it super bleak to really shake or appeal to me in any way. It is however well crafted, smartly written, and features a very good performance from Ethan Hawke.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    You know the first and final acts of the film are quite good but that middle act really drags. Also I never really bought the romance between Cooper and Gaga but their respect for one another is all up there on the screen and the music (particularly 'Shallow') is great.

  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    ★★½

    Fucking Netflix movies, financed purely by Netflix really are mostly shit. Chris Columbus actually co-produced this one so I half expected a much better production value but this feels very made-for-TV. In fact, nearly all Netflix movies feel like they are shot by the same, flat cinematographer. I refuse to believe it's budgetary but maybe it is.

    Anyway, Kurt Russell gets the two and a half stars here but even he can't save this very by-the-numbers, bland, cheap looking Christmas movie.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★

    Heard really good things about this one but I found it ultimately boring. I understand and appreciate what it was trying to accomplish but it didn't work for me.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    A great character study of what it's like to be at one of the most awkward times in life. Watching the relationship between Kayla and her dad was also super heartwarming.