• Windfall

    Windfall

    ★★★

    The first act is great and Jason Segel is completely chaotic which, along with the score, carries the film, and this creates a lovely Hitchcockian atmosphere right from the off. Despite the palm dampening start, the film completely runs out of ideas (or maybe attempts to employ too many?) and you get the impression that writers Justin Lader and Andrew Kevin Walker started this screenplay without the faintest clue in how to conclude it. The result is something completely unfeasible…

  • X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

    X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

    ★★★★★

    X: The Man With X Ray Eyes is one of the most thought provoking little gems I’ve discovered in a while. The film centres on a doctor who develops special eye drops that enable him to see through objects, and this subsequently sees him spiral out of control into a frenzy of madness as he begins to abuse this new medication. To me, the film is about the necessity of blissful ignorance, and the pain that would come with the…

  • Cyrano

    Cyrano

    ★★★

    Once again we have yet another musical marketing itself as: “the musical for people who don’t like musicals”, whatever that actually means, but this one I found to be fairly solid as a whole. Everything in the film works, but in the same breath there aren’t many surprises, probably due to the fact that the film remains faithful to what has made the core story a long standing staple. The songs are all fairly well communicated (Dinklage’s voice not the strongest)…

  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★★½

    The way that Vaughn connects his creation to history is clever, and clearly planned out to the last detail. It’s complex though- something that the previous two instalments weren’t- Vaughn works hard to justify the place of his narrative in this reworking of history and, at times, one could argue that this takes away from the actual pace and direction of the story. This leads to so many ideas that it’s impossible to make them all land, but I would…

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★

    This isn’t just objectively hilarious (by far the best Jackass entry to date) but this is an honest and warm testament to friendship and the ability that shared lunacy and horseplay has in bringing people together. Long live Jackass.

  • Kursk

    Kursk

    ★★★½

    Vinterberg does well with the families here- expertly assessing the horrors of the forgotten loved ones that must pick up the pieces of their own lives when tragedy hits. This is more impressive than the actual submarine and rescue sequences, which feel underpowered and less appreciated. After all, Viterberg is a filmmaker that depicts the conflicts that go on within the home- this film may have even worked better if we had never seen the seamen- if the story were to purely focus on the above water tragedy, which is what the film really tries to get at.

  • Secret Window

    Secret Window

    ★★★

    Johnny Deep is naturally perfect in the role of any eccentric, and this kicks off a promising little Hitchcockian looking number, about a man wrongly accused, that immediately asserts the lead character as someone who’s sanity he himself, and us as viewers, must question. Unfortunately it’s not too long before the the film becomes woefully predictable in almost every aspect, and this nullifies the film’s desired effect. JD keeps it watchable.

  • The Hole

    The Hole

    ★★

    This is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is- particularly in the way the film is cut with it’s unnecessarily over-complicated chronology- but that doesn’t prevent a decent little horror drama based on boarding school politics (not exactly relatable) from displaying some truly creepy characters. The deaths are a bit of a joke to be honest- I mean the last one is simply ridiculous and completely infeasible but by that point I was already watching it for it’s comedic value. Also- apparently Kiera knightly was 15 when this film was made, and that’s just fucking creepy.

  • Patriot Games

    Patriot Games

    ★★★½

    One of the most unintentionally funny action films I’ve seen- the clichéd handling of the IRA stands out here- but the overall formula is sound and executed fairly well by all involved. The raid on the training camp in Africa is awesome filmmaking by the way.

  • Sully

    Sully

    ★★★

    The simple notion of no good deed goes unpunished doesn’t really have the legs to carry an entire film. However, Sully is worth it alone for the crash sequences and completely forgot how harrowing they are.

  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★★

    "Well, think about me. This nose. This hair. This ridiculous chin."

    Greatest action film of all time. I’m gonna follow this up with a more lengthly and detailed review when I get the opportunity.

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    ★★★★

    Baffled by the hate that this film seems to receive on letterboxd! The film never takes itself too seriously yet never once attempts to hold your hand throughout it. Crowe and Scott at the top of their game, if you ask me.