Mandrake has written 16 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    Spoilers for, like, an awesome theory about the film.

    I used to be a troll on IMDB and loved to argue with people who misunderstood films. It was my favourite thing to explain to someone why they were seeing, or interpreting, a film wrong. But then I had an argument about Jennifer's Body.

    Another user argued that the film was a work of genius about the second coming; that Jennifer was Jesus come back to earth.

    Initially I was very…

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★★

    As a fan of Wesley Snipes and his portrayal of Blade, I am more than happy at any opportunity to point out that the retrospective celebration of Iron Man as the Hero franchise that 'started it all' is whitewashing bullshit - 10 years earlier, Blade started it all. Tis a fact. Before Blade every Marvel movie and alot of the TV was niche, embarrassing genre crap that caused no one the slightest anticipatory palpitation. Blade was the first real blockbuster…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★

    Reliably Whedonesque, entertaining superhero fodder.

  • Identity

    Identity

    ★★★★

    When this first came out I thought it was stupid, lying garbage. I only saw it for the cast. However it really grew on me and now I've seen it about a dozen times.

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve

    ★★★★

    A classic in some ways and a great example of why people still listen to Mankiewicz' infamous writing advice today.

    Not a perfect film though, mostly because of Baxter's old fashioned style of acting undermining the whole premise. She mildly deflates the ending and never gives a sense of having the kind of charismatic talent that would've exploded an instant star onto the scene. Davis offers another timeless performance, well worth watching.

  • The Abyss

    The Abyss

    ★★★★

    Cameron was such a reckless loon, I love it.

  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★

    With a healthy fear of getting crushed by tunnel rocks, I found the caving bit brilliantly tense, enough that it almost seemed to ruin it when the story kicks in, like an unnecessary distraction. It's good overall though.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★★

    Big time Spader fan here. Only watched it for him, but it's a grower, so to speak.

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    ★★★★

    I really love this movie. It was a great excuse for an ensemble comedy then, and still is now.

  • Black Mirror: White Christmas

    Black Mirror: White Christmas

    ★★★★

    I really hated this when it first came out, but I think because it was the first episode featuring an major American, and that type of American actor. Like an idiot I watched through a distracting preconception that they had just shoehorned Hamm in just for international appeal, and the obsession with chips in the head bugged me. On rewatch it's pretty good. Some decent fridge horror throughout and super sad.

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

    ★★★★

    Gossett is probably right to criticise this film; any idiot knows that if someone, an expert or curator, compiles stuff that you use in the research process, you credit them. It's facetious of the principle on this film to claim having had Gossett's work in the background during research had no effect on the quality and veracity known of the research used in making the film. It's disrespectful to refuse to accept even a research acknowledgement is deserved (ignoring for…

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys

    ★★★★

    A fun sequel to the first movie, if you think of it that way.