• The Aristocats

    The Aristocats

    ★★★½

    Quick meeting! Ok, 101 Dalmatians, yes? But with cats. Get the boys together, we'll figure this out. Couple of martinis with lunch, bit of reused animation here, same voices from other films there, have we any very bad racial stereotypes? Yeah? We got a couple? Ok, well don't just stand there, put them in! Is it done? No? Ok, well, put it out!

    The most successful film of 1971 in France.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★

    Slow as molasses, but the final cut makes sense, at least. You don't mind any of this, because every frame is full of such gorgeous physical detail that you just want to live in this awful world. Roy Batty did nothing wrong.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    The word and concept of cancer should not exist in a superhero movie

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    ★★★★

    Didn't remember the military-style cat from when I saw this as a kid. He deserves a medal, he was very brave and helpful

  • Flashdance

    Flashdance

    ★★★★

    This film contains several types of men who have been illegal to produce in the United States since 1983

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    The film that dares to ask: what if the royal family killed Diana, metaphorically? But also, what if the royal family killed Diana, literally?

    Every royal might as well have fangs. They are cold blooded monsters. The only salvation is to be found in a cross class alliance of the unfashionable middle class and the decent, caring working class.

    A call for the French Revolution to happen in England in 1993.

  • Easy A

    Easy A

    ★★★½

    Not as funny as I remembered! Stanley Tucci is the star of the show, and bits of it are still very sharp, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud much. The best friend is a bloody nightmare! Better off without that one

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    At surface level, perfectly acceptable fare. Certainly leagues better than Spectre, which it is unexpectedly a direct sequel to. The plot is still very ropey and it's far too long but at least all the action is fun and crunchy. Lots of shooting people with silenced guns and flipping jeeps into next week.

    Like all recent bonds it's very referential, constantly calling back to earlier movies, especially the traditionally less loved ones (Lazemby!) Being Daniel Craig's last it also does…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    Like eating a tremendously delicious minestrone soup but instead of bits of vegetables there's Los Angeles and classic cars and Danny Devito and vice!

  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★★

    Bill Nighy quietly says "I'm gay" after a lifetime of hiding, which is devestating, but he says it while putting margarine and nothing else on bread to feed the striker's families, because it is the last desperate end of a titanic struggle where the state smashed organised labour power in Britain, which is far more devestating.

    Show this to a friend to make them gay, a socialist or hopefully, both.

  • RED

    RED

    ★½

    It was on TV and I'm jetlagged so I left it on. This film was made a little over a decade ago and feels like a dispatch from another universe. The plot is looser than your average student production. The tone is so off I'm stunned this made money. Lines are delivered completely flat, and then there is a slight pause for laughter that will not come. Everyone feels like they were green screened in from different countries in between…

  • Conversations with Friends

    Conversations with Friends

    ★★

    Not enough conversations, not nearly enough friends!