• Meltdown: Three Mile Island

    Meltdown: Three Mile Island

    β˜…β˜…Β½

    Nuclear Power 🌞 No Thanks

    Cookie cutter documentary. Disappointing.

  • Salvage

    Salvage

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    Capaldi getting hot and bothered in more ways than one.

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  • The Happiness Salesman
  • What Remains

    What Remains

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Back in 2013, this was must watch TV on four consecutive Sunday nights on BBC1. Obviously loosely based on the tragic, long undiscovered death of Joyce Carol Vincent (see Carol Morley's superb documentary Dreams of a Life for the real heartbreaking story) I remember really enjoying it but now, nine years in, it doesn't stand up as well for a variety of reasons.

    Firstly, the fatphobia. I get it, all the neighbours were absolute cunts to Jessica Gunning's poor victim,…

  • The Stand at Paxton County

    The Stand at Paxton County

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    Solid enough 'we're gonna bust this thing wide open' rural small town conspiracy thriller that's surprisingly based on a true story, but it all too often feels like a generic TV movie, lifted only by some strong playing from the likeable Jacqueline Toboni in the lead role and veteran character actor Michael O'Neill. There's a fun, punch the air kill near the end which I'm guessing wasn't based on actual events.

  • Blast from the Past

    Blast from the Past

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    Tips Pleasantville on its head by having Brendan Fraser step out from life in a Cold War era fallout shelter into the late 90s. It's a great concept that just about hoodwinks the audience into thinking they're getting more than the standard opposites attract/fish out of water romcom. That's not to say that the satire and social commentary isn't on point, it's just that, as the formulaic tropes of the genre take hold of the film's middle section, they are…

  • MANT!

    MANT!

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    "You think this is some kinda picnic for me?! "

  • Matinee

    Matinee

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    And my double bill of films starring the great John Goodman as a schlocky B-movie mogul concludes with Matinee, Joe Dante's affectionate and accurate ode to the cinema of his childhood.

    "You think grown ups know what they're doing? That's a hustle, kid. Grown ups are making it up as they go along just like you do. Now, you remember that, you'll be fine"

  • Trumbo

    Trumbo

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    "Here comes the future and you can't run from it, if you've got a blacklist I wanna be on it" - Billy Bragg, 'Waiting For the Great Leap Forward'

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  • The Pentaverate

    The Pentaverate

    If crap from Mike Myers and Ricky Gervais is the best Netflix can offer right now, is it any wonder they're recording losses?

    There are some good things about The Pentaverate. It's relatively short and easy enough to binge, some of its satire and its underlying message strikes a chord and it all looks pretty good (though Myers taking on multiple roles creates some weird blocking and stop and start scenes that ought to flow naturally), but on the whole…

  • Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

    Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

    Netflix resurrected two comedians from twenty odd years ago this month, Mike Myers (The Pentaverate) and Ricky Gervais. They really shouldn't have bothered. Both of their shit is so old now.

    Gervais knows it too. He knows the supposed unsayable material he has now is just obnoxious and prejudicial. He will take great pains to tell you that these are just jokes and that, if you don't find them funny it's your problem and certainly not his, he's off home…

  • Stillwater

    Stillwater

    Je Suis Un Trump Supporter.

    The most Matt Damon in Team America performance that Matt Damon has ever given.

    Also, tell me you're a film about Amanda Knox without mentioning Amanda Knox.