Gary Hollingsbee

Gary Hollingsbee

Favorite films

  • Star Wars
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Alien
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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  • Casino Royale

    ★★★½

  • The Marvels

    ★★★

  • The Holdovers

    ★★★★

  • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

    ★★½

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★½

    Much like the character of Bond, the narrative of Casino Royale is flawed. Seems to me that the purpose of this first Daniel Craig refresh is to manouevre the Bond character into a position where he seems vulnerable to one in which he fully assumes the cold, detached persona of a state assassin. Consequently, the most interesting aspects of the movie - Mads Mikkelsen's beguling Le Chiffre and Jeffrey Wright's solid Felix Leiter - are somewhat sidelined (Le Chiffre being…

  • The Marvels

    The Marvels

    ★★★

    After expecting this to be truly awful, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself more or less enjoying The Marvels (or at least it held my attention). It really isn't as bad as many people make out. Largely, this is due to the joy Iman Vellani exudes in every scene. It's pretty much a regular superhero adventure - goodies versus a two-dimensional villain (who, true to modern takes on villains, has a justifiable reason for their villainy). World-destroying stakes etc.…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    So awful. This is a Crystal Skull!

    I groaned over and over at the poor plot decisions and cheap humour.  This is very close in tone to the Prequels. 

    At the end I really expected the little boy to climb on his broom and fly off accompanied by the Harry Potter theme.

    Terrible movie.


    EDIT: I waited until I saw the reviews and I’m astonished to see the positively gushing GotG2-like reviews everywhere (which get qualified much later). When my…

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★★½

    Weirdly dull. Damaged older cop tries to guide younger cop through an investigation of a serial killer. Much of the film seems to involve tedious scenes that want to appear more profound than they actually are (Washington’s character is called Deacon and there are two sequences where he drives past a giant crucifix on a hill... but no sense why the character notices it). With a tighter plot and direction this could have been a very good plot. The “reveals” at the end are systematically silly and spoil.