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  • Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion

    Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion

    ★★★½

    I was writing my Doctor Sleep review when this popped on television, and I was immediately transfixed by the beautiful and quirky art style.

    The story was surprisingly heartfelt, albeit a little aimless in some areas; a nice little story about how arbitrary customs create divisions and distrust amongst communities that can only prosper through working together. The visual gags in this film feel like they were ripped from a Chuck Jones cartoon and given as many storyboards to detail…

  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

    ★★★

    This film gave me night terrors for a whole year in 2012-2013 due to repressed memories as a young child that emerged years later, causing irrevocable damage to my mental state and sleep cycle — and I just wanted everyone to know that.

    ...but I’m a slut for Tim Burton aesthetic knockoffs and Jim Carrey, so 3 stars.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I didn’t really like Joker too much. 

    ***Spoilers Below***

    I appreciate the fact that they tried to portray the radicalisation of white men as being rooted in selfish intentions rather than entirely ideological, which was a common element seen in some recent mass shootings in America (even down to how Arthur treated the three main women of the story — two of them being intersectional minorities — as either liars, people trying to silence…

  • A Serbian Film

    A Serbian Film

    ★★★½

    This gets a star more than the clown movie because it actually had cogent messages rather than whatever kind of indecisive, lowest-common-denominator film Todd Philips tried to spin as an arthouse production. Proper structure and pacing eludes both, however.

    ***Spoilers Below***

    “Without right to expression, there is no expression; without expression, there are no rights.“

    This seems to be the general thesis postulated by what is widely seen as one of the most unnecessarily gratuitous, barbaric films ever made —…