• Fantasia

    Fantasia

    I felt like some of these sequences stretched a little too long, but it’s still a great experience. The animation is glorious, colourful, expressive, diverse. Watching these early Disney features has made me realise how incredibly rhythmic and poetic their work was, whether they’re committing themselves to a narrative or purely expressing an abstract vision of feeling. The ending is just perfect.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Absolutely magical cinema, natural free-flowing beauty.

  • Paranormal Activity 3

    Paranormal Activity 3

    Effective in a different way, the third instalment takes a more direct approach to its themes and scares. What it loses in its lack of long brooding takes it makes up for with its constantly edgy and jumpy nature. The film is a lot more blunt with its scares, showing more physical effects directly rather than merely suggesting them. It’s more forceful, less subtle and not as slow as the previous 2 films. The filmmakers likely knew that audiences craved…

  • Paranormal Activity 2

    Paranormal Activity 2

    Pushes the observational aspect of the first film even further with its use of security cameras and surveillance. There are so many found footage movies, but I can’t think of many that look like this. It allows a wider view on the events and creates a deliberately paced look that adds anxiety and build-up. We expect something to take place, we just don’t know how, where, or when. The filmmakers leave us lingering in these static, quiet, and sometimes lengthy…

  • Paranormal Activity

    Paranormal Activity

    Holds up on rewatch these years later because the build ups are so effective. Not a horror film that functions on traditional scares, more so on the anticipation of the scare. Maybe the ‘scare’ never comes, but the anxiety and dread built up to it is more than enough to make the viewer unsettled. It plays into a kind of primal fear of the unknown, and the style of filming makes us feel directly involved yet not in control. I…

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    an improvement on the first film because it dedicates more time to the bandits being brutally murdered by a sociopathic child like god damn marv got FUCKED UP

  • Ride Lonesome

    Ride Lonesome

    Boetticher is quickly becoming a favourite of mine in the Western genre after this and The Tall T. Another tightly packed narrative full of great characters, this time scattered across wonderful locations that are vast yet isolated. Understated and very effective.

  • Space Chimps

    Space Chimps

    this definitely exists

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    I don’t know if it’s just because of my mental/emotional state recently but this was so much fun and exactly what I needed.

  • Goal!

    Goal!

    They really ham up the conflicts and setbacks in this film, and it’s dramatised to an almost ridiculous degree. Yet it’s a surprisingly ambitious film. The way that footage of actual gameplay is mixed and melded with recreations (in meticulous detail) is impressive. The combination of actors and real players is effective too. Great usage of colour and weather, as well as lens choice (the Newcastle games had an up-close intensity, zoom lenses crushing the players and fans together). A film that at times is cheesy and silly, but it has a big heart.

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    The first 40 didn’t hold up too well, but once you get past Bay’s strange setup scenes it really takes off. The final hour is still unbelievable.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Likely the most stylish action sequences you’ll find in the MCU. In a dream world this entire film looks like the initial fight in Ta Lo, which was surprisingly elegant and beautiful. It’s not all like that, but it is all solid. Carries a strong emotional core and a lot of heart.