Mandrake has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★

    I've written over 3000 words of self indulgent judgement on this film, most of which is personal conjecture and tl:dr.

    Suffice to say it's a fine movie if you like your biopics to only cover a tiny fraction of what's interesting, or what had repurcussions for the world, about a person or company. Some will call this shocking or fascinating. Amongst other criticisms, I can't say I found it so; if this story of a man with a savvy sense…

  • Little Evil

    Little Evil

    ★★

    Did someone hit Adam Scott in the head really hard with a baseball bat?

  • Pain & Gain

    Pain & Gain

    ★★

    You know a black comedy isn't doesn't work for you when nothing about it can entertain you away from questioning the choices made and the disrespect shown to the families left behind from the real world events that the film ripped off.

    There have been many films about crimes and criminals killing people to get what they want and those stories engage sometimes with a dark and cynical tone about the real tragedies, sometimes with a sense of immortalising the…

  • St. Elmo's Fire

    St. Elmo's Fire

    ★★

    Other than enjoying seeing actors when they were really famous, there's not much to hold the interest. An amiable film but overrated at the time due to the Brat Pack mania.

  • Everyone Says I Love You

    Everyone Says I Love You

    ★★

    A mediocre attempt at cross genre and the 'joke' staging of musical numbers performed by normal people with mediocre or bad voices falls as flat now as it did when the film was released. Such a self indulgence.