• Val

    Val

    ★★★½

    I saw a few people dinging this film for being just a 'surface-level' documentary. And I guess I can see why someone might make this complaint. The documentary spends no time getting into the meat of the quote-unquote interesting things about Val Kilmer. Like why does he have a reputation as "difficult"? What was his relationship like with his dad, especially after such a disastrous financial deal?

    But here's the thing. This is a film constructed from decades of footage,…

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★

    Classic American remake: more hysterical, less daring, and everything wrapped up in a nice little bow.

    Extremely disappointing. Especially from someone like Antoine Fuqua.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    Looks absolutely lovely. Can't fault the one-perfect-shot of it all. But the story is total shite. Mother tricks grown-ass piece of shit fuckboi son into being slightly less of a piece of shit. Literally couldn't have cared less.

    I read somewhere that the director took some inspiration from Willow when making this film and I just wished he’d taken more inspiration and delivered a film that actually had some dramatic chops.

    Yes, I’m saying Willow has more dramatic chops than this film. That's where we are.

  • Universal Soldier

    Universal Soldier

    ★½

    Dolph Lundgren having a great time in one of the worst action films ever made.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★

    Wasn't sure how it would hold up in a post-Game of Thrones world, where each episode had the budget of the entire Lord of the Rings franchise, and apart from colour-correction bullshit that really dates the effects, the film holds up really well. Mostly because it's aiming for a different tone than GoT. Was listening to a podcast recently where the guests were discussing Ursula K Le Guin and how lots of fantasy fiction copied the form of Tolkien but…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    Too often Kate relies on other films for what could kindly be called an emotional shorthand or, if you wanted to be a little less kind, lack of originality. "Hey, remember when this happened in Leon, and how sad you were? So you probably feel pretty sad now, right?"

    That said, the action is really great. Top-tier stuff.

    So it all balances out, right?

    Also, this isn't really a spoiler so I'm not going to click the "contains spoilers" button…

  • Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away

    Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away

    ★★★

    In a film exclusively of concert footage and talking heads of contemporary interviews, it’s interesting that the only time we see Phil actually talking on camera is to correct interviewers about the fact that he is very much Irish.

    Not an amazing documentary but improved immensely once Scott Gotham appeared. And the ending hit me harder than I was expecting.

  • PAW Patrol: The Movie

    PAW Patrol: The Movie

    ★★★

    Hashtag dadlife.

    A couple of notable things here: first is that here in Ireland, the cinema version has the pups voiced by British actors, which is some real fuckin bullshit. I actually couldn’t tell who was talking because they all sound like the same snooty British prick. First time I’ve ever seriously thought about starting a change dot org petition is to get rid of these stupid voices.

    Second is that apart from that, this is a pretty good film!…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    Fun enough, and it’s always good to see something different. But also the film had a fairly overwhelming stench of a Snakes on a Plane type fan service, with lots of stuff in the film that’s just put there so that a certain audience will go HOLY SHIT THAT IS SO RAD (“we got a freakin kaiju up in this shit” being a prime example of this).

    Except post-gamergate, this kind of pandering to this kind of audience just feels kind of gross, you know?

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★

    It’s nice to see Disney returning to their roots of these kinds of Boys Own stories of adventure in exotic places. For a while there in the 60s, it was their bread and butter and films like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Swiss Family Robinson and The Island at the Top of the World still mostly hold up really well.

    But you know that saying about how when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like…

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★

    Werewolves Within is an entertaining little film that is so close to being something great. The problem is that it struggles to find its tone, initially establishing itself as a postmodern Clue before playing it safe as more traditional horror fare. It's a disappointing shift because it feels like the film would have really benefited from leaning into the more farcical elements.

  • Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire

    ★★★★½

    It’s rare for a film to have so many individual bad elements (Michael Paré - yikes!) that just don’t matter when the overall experience of the film is so incredibly enjoyable. Two minutes into this film, I knew it was very much My Shit and I’m actually furious no-one sat me down and made me watch this 20 years ago.