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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★½

    Don't really have too much to add to the critical reevaluation of this film, but it still packs a powerful punch, especially in the light of the new series of Twin Peaks which uses a lot of the film as a jumping off point. To me, much of Lynch's work is characterised by a very direct streak of raw emotion but even by those standards this is still a heartbreakingly sad film. Sheryl Lee is astonishing.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★

    I felt that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla film was a near-miss, but in any case, THIS is the smart, modern, thoughtful Godzilla film I've been waiting for. A considered and at times very funny bureaucratic satire, Shin Godzilla is a stark reminder that disasters - natural or otherwise - are inherently political, and in doing so not only channels Japanese rage over Fukushima, but evokes so many other tragedies where governments have been found asleep at the wheel - Katrina, Grenfell. Seeing a giant monster on screen is no longer miraculous - Shin Godzilla's triumph lies in the layers of meaning it embeds into the spectacle. Brilliant.

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  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin

    ★★★

    A strange little giallo from Lucio Fulci, which foreshadows the dream-like surrealism of some of his later, more famous works but ties it to a much more restrained story of murder and insanity. There's much in A Lizard In A Woman's Skin that seems awkward or unintentionally funny now, including some very odd attempts at iconic shot compositions and some clunky dubbed dialogue (and indeed, whistling). But when it works, it works splendidly; the extended chase sequence through a seemingly…

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    ★★

    A tedious, portentous mess that seemingly spends an eternity setting up its (wholly unengaging) storyline before squeezing nearly all the 'action' into the film's second half. As a director, Shatner is clearly far more interested in the characters than we are; the all-American "guys hanging out" campfire scenes really test the patience, whilst the film ends with Kirk modestly defining God. I yield to no-one in my admiration for David Warner, but his reliable yet inevitable presence adds to the…