RSS feed for JP
  • Foxy Brown

    Foxy Brown

    ★★★

    Like Coffy, if it wasn't nearly as good, but instead a ramshackle, though charming mess.

  • Shaft

    Shaft

    ★★½

    Has little to do with the original and instead takes the absurd elements of Singleton's pretty bad Shaft and ramps them up to sitcom levels, like a live action cartoon take nobody needed.

    It's not big, nor clever and presents Jackson's character as something to aspire to and laugh at simultaneously. But whatever, I enjoyed it. Sue me part 2.

  • Dragon Fist

    Dragon Fist

    ★★★

    Sandwiches an interminable bout of repetitive fights and melodrama between a compelling beginning and a thrilling end.

    A pretty solid and entertaining flick, and if nothing else the sheer volume of punch and kick sounds becomes almost hypnotically soothing.

  • The Lineup

    The Lineup

    ★★★★½

    Adapting the San Francisco-set TV series for the big screen, Don Siegel, writer Stirling Silliphant and cinematographer Hal Mohr create an achingly beautiful, harsh and thrilling crime classic. Eli Wallach is absolutely superb in this.

    Jack Webb took Dragnet to cinemas with eye-popping colour, mordant black humour and flourishes of hard violence. The Lineup takes a similar procedural approach with black and white photography, the tension across an unrelenting, escalating bad day for all involved pumped through with brutal, shocking…

  • Torture Garden

    Torture Garden

    ★★★½

    A romantically obsessed, murderously inclined grand piano...bravo, Amicus, bravo

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★½

    The dreary, pseudo-emotional superhero film the decade that spawned it deserved, tilting at a desperately desired moral complexity and then throwing that shit against the wall because explosions, yeah.

    Draining and frequently miserable, making a character of hope and courage into a muddy, messy trudge. Urgh.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★½

    So much of this film is absurd bullshit, I'm annoyed it's also divertingly entertaining.

    Still utterly baffled by Katie McGrath's character's demise: are we meant to be appalled Colin? Laugh? Celebrate? Do you even know?

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Will let this sit for a while and imagine it could improve (as did chapter 2), because initially this feels like the instalment where the Wick franchise eats itself.

    First, there are elements I like: excellent performances, beautifully executed choreography, production design, some of the expansion to the series, Mark Dacascos being in big films.

    However, where previously the absurdity of the world building was enjoyable, here it feels forced and juvenile. Wick has gone from largely sympathetic mass murderer…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★½

    That first hour and a half-ish bordered dangerously on self-parody, but still, it set up the remainder of the film which was so, so much better, almost a different film. It stays with you in a way the opening stretch just doesn't. 2/3 a great film.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★★

    John Candy is so fucking good in this film

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    Technically excellent awfulness. Every single character 'moment' is completely unearned, it's the equivalent of hot, sweet smelling air masquerading as a film of substance.

    Uncanny Valley: The Movie. Urgh.

  • Jason X

    Jason X

    Oh, do fuck off