G has written 98 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    ★★★½

    Remember being little obsessed with Philip Glass’ Powaqqatsi soundtrack when this came out. Reading recently about how Carrey felt he was living life in a bottle by the mid to late 90s. Private life shrinking in gossip magazines.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★

    E.T. was just on TV.. Christmas can start now.. Kuwahara BMX’s and heather grey hoodies weren’t in abundance in UK 82’.. A single chase sequence changed all that.

  • Kindergarten Cop

    Kindergarten Cop

    ★★★

    A K C A B

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    ★★★★

    Havn’t seen this since it was new. Feels little less vital than it did in the late 90s. But it means well through its kaleidoscope of MTV and Cable channel idolisation. Still a strong use of Only Thing I Can Never Have by NIN. It’s the big getting shit off your chest, cathartic 2 hr bucket of blood party after Stone got bogged down in Vietnam trilogies and sprawling biopics.
    You can see some clear call and response.. From Lynch’s Wild at Heart and Fire Walk with Me and with Stones’ NBK.. Lynch going on to do Lost Highway.. Enjoyed this mess.

  • Finch

    Finch

    ★★★★

    Post Apocalyptic Silent Running. Had the good cry. Too good to be stuck on a half dead streaming service.

  • Throne of Blood

    Throne of Blood

    ★★★★★

    This came up being projected at the city arts centre 3 days ago. After a 12hr shift.. I had to go.. Still contains my favourite Kurosawa scene.. a chiller

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    Roma Cinecittà Studios skit… still makes me smile.

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    ★★★½

    I know the Ennio Morricone soundtrack really well. Never seen this, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of Crystal Plumage. Think Nine Tails might be my favourite Argento film. That use of Red and White accents through the film in a very undersaturated Turin cityscape.

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★

    🥩

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    Wow this is the first Wes Anderson film I’ve watch since Darjeeling Limited also in a cinema.

    Could watched a whole film on Simone, Moses and the Concrete Masterpiece. Because think some of these anthologies work and others don’t. Possibly but more grounding in the offices around these stories. Remember when Tim Burton hit the 2000’s and became a parody of (TRAPPED BY) his own style… that.

    All feels very distant. Feels along way from Rushmore and Life Aquatic.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ‘𝔻𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕞𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕄𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕒𝕘𝕖𝕤 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝔻𝕖𝕖𝕡’ *

    This is my 2nd viewing. It looks beautiful. Every visual approach evokes 70s Sci Fi book covers, and it works extremely well. Actually reminded and provoked the US cover of Heretics of Dune. Strange oval shaped building / shrine / spacecraft. Dragonfly Ornithopter solution, they even sound like desert battered chinooks? Caladanian Ancestral Tombs. That eye roll back for Mentat’s duel operating system. Pieter’s abomination? The emotionally stunted quality to the Harkonnen’s. The…

  • Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance

    Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance

    ★★★½

    Looks like.. I’m back on this… Chanbara / Spaghetti after almost 18 months.
    Small jump to 1974 from 1970. First offering from Kazuo Koike. Manga writer famous for Lone Wolf & Cub (These films will come up later). After the film adaptation Sword of Vengeance few years earlier. He could pretty much write off his own Chambara films for Toho based on his Manga books.


    Beautifuly framed opening of Yuki the outlaw assassin, still on the run from authorities, feels like the end…