Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Recent activity

  • The Fabelmans


  • Everything Everywhere All at Once


  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


  • Octopussy


Pinned reviews

  • The Insider

    The Insider


    "Fame has a fifteen minute half-life.
    Infamy lasts a little longer."

    The Insider might be the most difficult Michael Mann movie for me to discuss. Not in terms of its quality, which is undeniable. Rather, because of how it sits within his back catalogue. Much as he would attempt to deny it, Mann's preceding pictures skew primarily towards genre. Crime thrillers, horror fantasy, historical adventure, all very easy categories for me to dissect. And The Insider occupies none of them.…

  • Heat



    "I gotta hold on to my angst. I preserve it because I need it. It keeps me sharp, on the edge, where I gotta be."

    Heat is arguably the nexus point for Michael Mann's entire career. He's made other movies which inspire more personal adoration from me, namely Manhunter and The Last of the Mohicans. Yet Heat is regarded by most as his greatest achievement. A magnum opus that looms over his career like a skyscraper. It's easy to see…

Recent reviews

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans


    "Unless I make a movie about it."

    Comfortably my favourite Spielberg film since A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Made me want to revisit his entire oeuvre, which is obviously a very good thing. Seamlessly crafted, marvellously acted, frequently hilarious, and utterly heartfelt. One of those rare movies where the more I ponder certain individual sequences or moments, the more besotted with it I become. The final scene is an all-timer, and that last shot is arguably the best of his career.

    Screw it, I'm doing a second Berg-A-Thon this year.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once


    "Just be a rock."

    I've seen some strange films in my brief time on this planet, but few as off-kilter as Everything Everywhere All At Once. For those uninitiated, I can only describe the experience as akin to watching Scott Pilgrim vs. the World through a kaleidoscope after mainlining energy drinks and snorting a pile of crystal meth. It's unlike anything you'll see anywhere in the mainstream.

    And in a way, that insanity is my issue with it. On the…

Popular reviews

  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!


    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…

  • Green Room

    Green Room


    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.