• The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    ★★★½

    The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Rehydrated (this is at least the second time the page has been removed)

  • Maisie

    Maisie

    ★★★

    The whiplash of the trailer for She Said being followed by this film opening with an anecdote about David Raven putting his cock in a friend’s hand aiming for a handshake as a joke???

    I think the film could have benefitted from a more biographical focus (something suggested to Raven during the film, that he still has time to write his autobiography), with images of previous Brighton Prides, meetings with celebrities like JNT, June Brown, Ian McKellen interwoven at points,…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★½

    John Glen defines 80s Bond (though Moore has the rare feat of defining 70s and 80s Bond, with Dalton only lasting two years), but The Living Daylights pushes his craft more. It’s a familiar story to For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill, playing on fears of the Soviets, KGB and the threat of nuclear armageddon/World War III during the waning days of the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. It's fascinating watching an 80s action film like The Living Daylights

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    ★★★★

    Chicken Run is leftist cinema. Workers are disposable and replaceable, exploited to work their bodies beyond their natural capabilities and punished for disobedience, and die before their time. The solution isn’t complacency, but by organisation against their bosses’ backs, industrial sabotage of machinery, and attacking the capitalist exploiters. Through working together, they form a new utopia outside of lives structured around capitalist production without meaning, in tune with nature and teaching a new generation of children. Unionisation is the answer.

    The vaguely…

  • Where to Invade Next

    Where to Invade Next

    ★★★

    maybe it’s just because I’m older but Moore’s documentary persona really feels kind of obnoxious, and definitely not as leftist as when his ideas seemed new and radical to me. he’s playing up being shocked over paid vacation and no tuition fees and school lunches, forcing a little girl to try Coca Cola, insisting the chef must eat a hamburger, making a racket waiting for food and cracking a joke exchange incomprehensible in French. 

    he meets with perhaps questionable sources including…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    CODA is very clearly made for hearing viewers, even if Heder and Jones spend much of the extras on Eagle’s 4K disc talking about learning about ASL and the deaf community, being more direct and within the body than English and casually communicating in signs on set, and Kotsur and Rossi are very positive about Heder being respectful and the film’s potential. But I would much rather see a version of CODA that’s about a deaf girl trying to deal with…

  • Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors

    Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors

    ★★★½

    maybe the monkeys with blackface lips that eat not only bananas but also watermelons are a red flag in this imperialist propaganda (though it isn’t as bizarre as the racist blackface spider in The Spider and the Tulip), but then there’s also the merchant that steals an island that though not as explicitly antisemitic as the Nazi propaganda of the same time given he’s framed in silhouette (feeling similar to Lotte Reiniger), the narration referencing his big nose feels very questionable.…

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    ★★★½

    Priscilla feels relatively progressive for 90s queer rep for being accepting of drag queens and a trans femme character (though played by a cis man), showing that queer people can be married to women and have kids and still be valid, kids accepting queer people like it's no big deal or learning they're trans in childhood, the violence of misgendering/deadnaming and it also calls out the queerphobia/toxic masculinity/misogyny that is a part of Australian culture especially in male dominated towns.…

  • Beside the Seaside

    Beside the Seaside

    ★★★★

    It’s impressive how much this short achieves when so much of its runtime is essentially silent documentary footage of leisure time on the beach, with conversations captured as narration, masterfully edited with some interesting shots like amusement park rides in motion. It’s an ambitious film, charting a line across the English coast from Bournemouth to London’s packed streets in a heatwave along to Brighton, from the daytime excitement through to the nighttime lights and entertainment. While the introduction of minstrel…

  • bobbycrush

    bobbycrush

    ★★★★

    honestly wild to revisit a short I vibed with so deeply as a gay 14 year old, but now those crushes and hormones and infatuations from the beginning of puberty are a distant memory. and though it’s a film about loving another boy it still has room open for gender play from dresses to lipstick

    it’s a film about youth but it’s also a moment frozen in time, Jasper is 33 now!

  • Islands

    Islands

    ★★★★

    this might be the most masturbation I’ve seen in a non-porn film

    uhhh turns out I might have a secret monsterfucking kink?

  • Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

    Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

    ★★★½

    Rocketry: The Nambi Effect tells a really interesting real life story around developing space exploration and injustices at the hand of local police, with a good screenplay, it just suffers from some poor CGI, editing, camera work and obvious period anachronisms (a letter that seems to have been formatted on Word and gender parity in Princeton in the late 60s, a poster for Elvis rather than late 60s artists, a Superman graphic novel potentially before collected reprints were a thing,…