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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    Exquisitely staged set-pieces typify what is the longest entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, with thrilling chases and sharp combat.

    But more so than usual, there is a reliance on mythology and its rather convoluted deception plot. As a result – typically for the franchise – it does run out of steam in the final act.


    thecinematouch.blogspot.com/2018/08/crisp-criticism-mission-impossible.html

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    A sequel that demonstrates the difference between ineptitude and insipidness, and if industrial competency were the sole barometer for cinematic works then this instalment is far superior to the prior one.

    But essentially what we have here is a lot of colours and noises designed to placate fans of the elements its chosen to acclimatise, which here include scenery of European islands, gaudy multicoloured clothing, crowds of people cheering when dictated to do so, the music of a 1970s Swedish pop group and a troop of white people who seem incapable of drawing concern for anyone other than themselves.


    thecinematouch.blogspot.com/2018/08/crisp-criticism-mission-impossible.html

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  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★★

    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.

    and/or

    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.