• Great Freedom

    Great Freedom

    ★★★★

    Franz Rogowski makes this film. What a performance.

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★½

    I finally watched Casablanca to see what all the fuss was about. Given it's reputation and status, it was slightly underwhelming. The romance didn't work for me but I absolutely loved the way it was shot. Old black and white movies look superb.

  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★½

    Aliens exist.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    Despite it being ridiculously cheesy (even for the 80s) and despite me really disliking Cruise, I just watched Top Gun for the first time since I was little and it’s still brilliantly entertaining.

    Not really my type of film, but I watched it so many times as a kid so there’s a lot of nostalgia attached to it for me.

  • Control

    Control

    ★★★½

    I’ve always been a fan Joy Division’s music but I somehow never got round to watching Control until now. It’s quite standard as biopics go, but it feels authentic and honest. You can clearly see how Curtis’ epilepsy and deteriorating mental health had an understandably dark impact on his later songwriting. Still can’t really get over the fact that he was only 23. Just a young lad that expressed himself through his art/writing and left a legacy of relatable songs in his tragic wake.

  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★★½

    I love films like this. Stories of unexpectedly powerful yet brief human connections that have long lasting emotional impact.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★

    That was…weird. Felt like a big ego-project without anyone else being interviewed.

  • A World Without Women

    A World Without Women

    ★★★★

    Brac has a real skill at capturing these obscure and fleeting holiday romances that people either experienced or fantasise about.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    Not as good as I’d hoped but there is a lot to like. Overall it’s very entertaining, but sadly it’s quite uninteresting. The story treads old territory and at times it’s too familiar. I’ve read a few interviews and articles since watching the film and as I understand it went though several cuts and edits. I’m no expert on the production history of the film, but it does feel as though Eggers’ tried to make something more unique but the…

  • Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    ★★★★

    Oh carefree teenage summers. Take me back.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★½

    Clearly takes a lot from Get Out and Promising Young Woman, but it’s nowhere near as good or clever as either of those.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    “Here is a man who would not take it anymore”

    Still just as good all these years later.