• Copshop

    Copshop

    ★★★

    There are times when this pulpy, semi-exploitation piece really thrives in its central premise. But for most of, in particular, its second half it takes makes some cheap choices.

  • Gone in Sixty Seconds

    Gone in Sixty Seconds

    ★★

    Last time I watched this, it had just come out on DVD and I borrowed from my local Blockbuster-type place. This would have meant I was 11 at the time it came out, and I definitely remembered it being quite exciting. And I can see how a 11 year old boy would think so.

    At 32 the story is a bit different. There are some working elements to it, but for a film about fast and nice cars, theres actually…

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★

    The film I really want to be watching while going to see Shang-Chi.

    The composition, editing and overall balance of two sequences stand out as cinematic gold to me. The indoor hut in which Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh have a lovely moment together, and the framing devices in the shot are just delightful. And the weightless-swinging-on-trees bit. Great stuff.

  • Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

    Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

    ★★★★

    Pretty much everything about this is melancholic. It does a great job at having a sense of unified storytelling.

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★

    There is a lot of fun to be had watching all these charismatic people work with some good visual comedy. Its brash and loud, but Ryan Reynold's and Taika Waititi's comedic sensibilities manage to keep it from flying too far off the rails.

    The first two acts were good fun to watch, with some inventive ideas. But, something I've been finding with a lot of blockbusters, is that they lose me in the third act once the inventive ideas are…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    The measure of Western morality in cinema is how you treat dogs...

    It's a lot of fun to watch the Emmas in this.

  • 3000 Miles to Graceland

    3000 Miles to Graceland

    If, as a director, there is no imaginary space in your story building to show female characters without sexualising them, I have very little time for you.

  • Desperado

    Desperado

    ★★★

    There is tremendous fun to be had with this Latino take on Westerns, with a good dose 90s stylistic playfulness. But that same playfulness means it can't escape the somewhat problematic cultural fabric of it's time.

  • Con Air

    Con Air

    ★★

    Simon West does his best attempt at a 90s Tony Scott/Michael Bay impression. Lots of diagonal lines, canted angles, dynamic action shots, strong contrasting colour schemes, all doused with a healthy helping of hyped up machismo, militaristic triumphalism, and American cowboy heroics.

    It's fair to say that there is nothing about Con Air that doesn't promise on delivering just that, so if that's not your jam than why watch it in the first place? Truth be told, I do enjoy…

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    ★★★★★

    Ach, I just really like this film.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    ★★★★

    The environment drawings in this are gorgeous, and the music still swings!

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone

    ★★★

    Certainly entertaining, but it does very much feel like it doesn't know what story it wants to tell.