• Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★½

    This was kinda fun - equal parts tense and silly. Now on to recommending it to friends without making it sound like Sharknado.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★

    So yeah, the final act literally has a 30 minute countdown timer in it.. and during said 30 mins it changes from pitch black night to show of some cool fire effects, to bright sunny day in time for the big car chase, to dark heavy thunderstorm for the final fist fight.. and the movie gives zero Fs about it.

    Big dumb fun.

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★

    I'm starting to think James Cameron-attached projects must carry the prerequisite of absolutely diabolical scripts that have a potential to look pretty.

    Watched half of the film like 4 days ago and it's taken me this long to muster up the effort to finish it off. Needless to say I won't be indulging in any sequels.

    Garbage.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★½

    Some of the vignettes on show here are really great. So its disappointing that some of them are not, and will ultimately bring the overall rating of the film down.

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Near Algodones were both pretty great and All Gold Canyon was the best of the lot. The Gal Who Got Rattled had some incredible cinematography but the story didn't do much for me. Meal Ticket was just ok and The Mortal Remains just felt utterly pointless.

    As a whole its way better than Hail Caesar! though, so its a step up at least.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    I needed some time to think on this one.

    There are often films that come alone that are met with glorious critical & audience appraise yet I somehow can't connect with them as much as I'd like to or other people seem to (see Roma). I thought this would be one of those films.

    I've only see The Lobster when it comes to Lanthimos' other films, and I liked it enough I guess, but I didn't think it was spectacular or…

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★½

    Somehow I ended up enjoying this big silly movie more than Wonder Woman... so I guess that makes it my favourite of the DC films? I dunno.

    A bonus half a star just for Amber Heard's hair.

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★★½

    Man, who'd have thought that what is essentially 85 mins of one dude having a bunch of phone calls could have been so captivating. I guessed a couple of twists ahead of time but I don't really care. Loved it.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★

    I dont think I had the same revelatory life-affirming experience that a bunch of people are getting from it, but I can't deny it was expertly shot, directed and acted.

    It just didn't really grab me until the last third or so, but when it did it grabbed hard. Much fighting back man tears.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Weird that the hotel, so shrouded in government espionage mystery and so seemingly integral to plot, ended up having very little to do with the rest of the movie. It could have been Bad Times At The Holiday Inn and the story could have still more or less travelled the same route.

    Quite a bit of fun though.

    At least my Hemsworth-loving wife gave up and went off to do her own thing half way through right before him and his stupid abs turned up and didn't leave the screen for 45 minutes.

    Fucking Hemsworth.

    No jealousy here at all.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★½

    Expelliarmus!

    Expelliarmus!

    EXPELLIARMUS!

    Nope... fucking film still exists.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Well I'd heard the hype, and I fought against falling into it, but I failed. I might have squealed with delight when my wife finally agreed to go and see it with me last night.

    But even super-hyped, man, what a delight. Everything was just on point from the animation, the music, the humour, the animation, the easter eggs... hell even the opening production logos were great. Did I mention the animation? The final act is a veritable feast for the eyes.

    I'll just await the inevitable sequels and spin-offs now.

  • The Night Comes for Us

    The Night Comes for Us

    ★★★★

    And the prize for the most amount of times I've winced during a movie goes to...