• Beast

    Beast

    My favourite part was when Vijay killed a six year old girl and suddenly the over-stylised title screen stating BEAST in silver-blue letters came up. That was some seriously comedic unaware editing.

    My least favourite part was everything else.

  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    I hated the animation style and I hated Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch. Also this film has made me feel very old and has triggered a midlife crisis fml

  • A Knight's Tale

    A Knight's Tale

    ★★½

    If you're going to use anachronistic music then go all out with it instead of the weird mix of medieval-sounding music and Queen they went with (although this may be my inner Baz Luhrmann fan jumping out).

    The love story also felt a little iffy to me. Ledger's knight was nice as a dude overwrought with ambition to change his social standing but I'm not a fan of grouchy personas when it comes to love stories and his relationship with…

  • The Ring

    The Ring

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the first time I've watched anything from The Ring franchise, and i found this first foray surprisingly terrifying. While I can see the arguments for the film being an argument for technology etc., I don't know if it works entirely because for me, the propagation of information through media inevitably leads to disintegration of said information and I never really saw that approach at the film.

    Ghost stories can often easily be read as feminist tales of women…

  • Stardust

    Stardust

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I remember loving Stardust as a child so it was pretty surprising this didn't hold up at all.

    Part of it is that Charlie Cox's Tristan is incredibly uncharismatic. A movie that bills itself as a subversion of typical fantasy tropes (like how Tucker & Dale Vs Evil promised to be a subversion of horror tropes) that ends up coddling the white man at the centre of the narrative is just yawn-inducing. He lights the candle (which somehow works on the…

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    It had been a long time since I met a movie this aggressively stupid/smug/annoying. I'd rather slam my head into a wall than get another recommendation from the dude who recommended this film to me.

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★½

    Can't help but feel like Ianucci tried to do too many things at once, a black comedy using the backdrop of Stalinism demands you walk on a fine line and Ianucci stumbles on the wrong side one too many times. Sure there were funny bits like the opening scene which work on their absurdity, and bits of verbal and physical comedy that sparkle, but there's an underlying current of misogyny and "dudebroism" that stops the film from being as incisive…

  • What If

    What If

    ★★★★

    I forced my mates to watch this with me for my birthday (the joys of being in lockdown) and was pleasantly surprised. What If is a pleasant little rom-com with charming performances from Radcliffe and Kazan. There's nice subversions of romantic tropes and legitimately funny moments and legitimately romantic moments. At points it felt like a modern day When Harry Met Sally except without a grating misogynist Billy Crystal taking up the runtime. There was just a little something missing…

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen was such a frustrating watch for me. It was funny and snarky and cutting in all the ways I like and Hailee Steinfeld gives a beautiful realised performance. At the same time, I felt like the whole film suffered from its poor understanding of mental health and had problematic undertones, and it just irritated me more and more as the film went on.

    Nadine is depressed. And I felt like the film approached this in a…

  • Sadma

    Sadma

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Originally I wasn’t going to write a review at all but then I got stuck in quarantine and so I decided to examine what I thought about this classic of Tamil/Hindi cinema.

    Obviously, Kamal Hassan is amazing, manipulating the environment around him with ease, plumbing emotion so easily. Sridevi is just majestic, her large eyes and emotive face, emotions flickering across her face so easily. Ilayaraja’s score is sublime as well. Sadma is certainly a beautiful film but how I…

  • Ip Man

    Ip Man

    Propaganda that never hides that it is cheesy propaganda, Ip Man will always be victorious and thus there's never any inherent tension in the fight scenes as well-choreographed they might be. The woodenness of everyone involved suffocates any emotion that might have been drawn out from such obvious setpieces.

  • 3 Idiots

    3 Idiots

    ★★

    This is the equivalent of eating a tub of cheap ice cream when you're lactose intolerant. It's nice as first but nearing the end, you're aware of how saccharinely sweet everything is and that you might have made a mistake committing to this for such a long period of time. And who could really take Aamir Khan seriously as a freshman?