• 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,…

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★★

    Disappointed that Norwich is only in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande for about a minute, the side alley with a vegan takeaway on the corner of Greggs, Subway and The Book Hive (as glimpsed in the trailer), and a street at night. Some of the dialogue suggests it’s London and it’s interiors heavy. Though the credits do say it was rehearsed in Theatre Royal, and I’m not actually sure where the interiors were shot.

    I think the film would be better…

  • Passing Strangers

    Passing Strangers

    ★★★★★

    Even if you don’t watch much porn, Passing Strangers is essential for depicting gay life in mid-70s San Francisco, the bath houses, classified ads, phone lines, erotic theatres, adult stores. Especially when the film’s characters intersect into documentary footage of a Gay Freedom march, depicting diverse groups including drag queens, lesbians, Jewish organisations and not just gay men, with cops on the edges.

    The transition to colour midway through the film may be an artefact of 70s independent cinema with the…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    Old is good unlike an asshole like John Barrowman would have you believe, but if the film does have an issue it's with the monstrous feminine: ageing vanity and running mascara, a birth that ends in death, cancer is a woman's issue in the film. Rufus Sewell went from playing an asshole ageist boyfriend to a racist misogynist who thinks women are "hysterical" and a Black rapper will attack his home. And though I won't attack the film too harshly considering it's…

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★½

    It's honestly depressing a Seth Rogen pickle movie is the most explicitly Jewish film I've seen in the cinema in a while, outside of Call Me By Your Name, Three Identical Strangers, Disobedience, Uncut Gems. I wanted to see Menashe but it never ended up playing, and I don’t think The Golem rerelease played Norwich. Obviously, the iconic European immigrant coming to America comedy is Moscow on the Hudson, and this isn't that.

    HBO Max is probably the best home for this…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Tenet has some enjoyable, well made setpieces. And then you never think about it ever again. Its a blockbuster popcorn film, but Nolan's films aren't usually meant to wash past you. They should emotionally affect you, penetrate your soul, be heady and intellectual. Nolan usually asks you to turn your brain on. This film turns your brain off.

    He prides himself on meticulous research. A gritty, grounded, psychological Dark Knight. Going into space and astrophysics with Interstellar. The mechanics of the fantastical…

  • Ammonite

    Ammonite

    ★★★★

    Am I glad to have seen Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan eat each other out on the big screen? Hell yes! The film didn’t make me feel as sex repulsed as God’s Own Country (okay I AM coming from a different place in terms of trauma this time) so I might actually prefer it more? It’s definitely erotic. The only male nudity in the film is a limp dick and the refusal of a sexual encounter, because reproduction is apparently the only…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★

    La haine is a good film. But it should by no means be taken as a last word on French films about the banlieues, police brutality, alienated teenagers with guns, escaping to the Parisian metropolitan centre - there are stronger films about those subjects. It’s definitely worth noting, though, it came six years after a US film about youth, Nikes, a hip hop soundtrack, a police attack on a person of colour, hate, graffiti in a poorer, minority area of the…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    Red Rocket telegraphs Mikey as a piece of shit from the very beginning. He’s always twisting the truth, driving recklessly, not owning up, not respecting boundaries by always promoting his porn, his dick is always out, makes misogynistic comments, he hangs out with a neckbeard who pretends to be military, oh and he’s a groomer. When he’s beaten up or thrown out, do you feel sorry for him? Not in the slightest. But it’s also an anxiety inducing film, it feels nauseating and makes…

  • River

    River

    ★★★

    River has gorgeous visuals that deserve to be seen on the biggest screen possible that make you wish IMAX were an option, the sweet vocal tones of Willem Dafoe, and beautiful music by Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Vivaldi, among others.

    That said, I don’t think the film fully connects for me. It has the makings of a thesis on the human impact on rivers through dams, pollution and industrial devastation, but it’s surface level and without depth. It feels like it would…

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    I think it’s interesting X juxtaposes porn and horror. Both are marginalised, maligned, misunderstood genres that face censorship, are attacked by conservative forces, are accused of exploitation and misogyny, and have to resolve action vs. narrative and artistic ambitions. RJ is right when he says you can make porn inspired by the French New Wave and experimental and artistic, even if his rushes don’t really show it. And the same is true of horror too. Both genres rely on copious amounts of…

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★

    I felt more fear and terror with Jackass Forever than any horror film is capable of. My dick felt more pain than the hardest of BDSM would be capable of. More films should learn the lesson of Jackass Forever, projecting hard dicks, locked and crushed dicks, bruised dicks, elderly dicks, cum guzzling, bleeding scrotums, punched balls, butts, assholes, pierced nipples on the biggest screens available. I feel like the Jackass series has a straight following - and straight people involved in its production…