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  • The Way of the Gun

    The Way of the Gun

    ★★★

    If I'd first caught this in my late teens I'd have lapped up the dialogue, the cooler than cool characters and the brash, Peckinpah brouhaha that Christopher McQuarrie is ladling. The performances are all solid besides that godawful accent Ryan Phillippe is clumsily affecting.

    The Way of the Gun is full of posturing and postulating but beneath the sheen of a polished screenplay is a hollow, unfulfilling, bog-standard crime caper. It holds a few moments where a dark humour breaks through but mostly the flatly shot action and bland cinematography left me wanting.

  • Johnny Mnemonic

    Johnny Mnemonic

    ★★

    A super-90s, Cyberpunk wet dream, full of laughable lingo, mostly terrible performances and virtual reality scenes that look like they were left on the cutting room floor of either Lawnmower Man or Disclosure.

    Whenever I naysay a Keanu Reeves movie it tends to be because I remember the man pre-The Matrix. He's delivers stilted performances at the best of times but here he's just plain bad. I'm a little shocked that a film could feature Ice T, Henry Rollins, Takeshi…

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Thank jeebus for Letterboxd. For years I've been doing the "Bond Marathon" before the latest 007 adventure. For years I thought I was the only sad fucker who endured all twenty something films in preparation for the next slice of kiss kiss, bang bang. There's a few that have more or less concluded this little ritual, but seeing as Skyfall ain't out until 26th October I thought I'd slowly work my way through them, starting now.

    So... Dr No. The…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    I have absolutely no idea of how to start this review.
    First off the bat, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing here that will shake the foundations and change the opinion of the Nolan haters.

    Set 8 years after The Dark Knight, this film takes a knackered and spiritually broken Bruce Wayne and places him in a situation where he must don the cape once more.
    Christian Bale has come a long way in 7 years. From…