Riley Lemon

Films can provide one with transcendental tonics for the soul. My aim is to do words good about the ones I see when looking at them.

Favorite films

  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Matrix
  • WALL·E
  • Moulin Rouge!

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

  • Turning Red

    ★★★★

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  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★

    The Kingsman series may not be to everyone's liking, but at their best they can be pure irreverent anarchic fun. It comes as a bit if a surprise that The Kings Man would be quite so dull.

    It wisely chooses to roll back on the chaotic wackiness the Golden Circle fell guilty of. Although bizarrely replaces it with the sombre setting of the first world war. If there is a way to inject some irreverent anarchic fun into trench warfare…

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    At this stage it feels like I have a zero hour contract with Marvel, whereby every few months I get a call to go out and put in a shift. Its not an unenjoyable job but is one fulfilled out of a greater sense of obligation than desire.

    While there are some interesting visuals and it tries, (occasionally too hard) to present shocking moments to familiar IP, the movie falls short of actually doing anything interesting in terms of character…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    A true un film de Tarantino in every way for better or worse. If the prospect of a two and a half hour film about 1960s Hollywood, where people spend a lot of aimlessly walking or driving around, or absent mindedly staring into space, sprinkled with a surfeit of references to 60s television, if that might present you a barrier to entry ... Yeah you're probably not gonna enjoy it.

    As a second watch I must confess to enjoying it…

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  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★

    Early Pixar were often high concept affairs, what if toys loved you back? What if the monsters under the bed were nice. The concept was then injected with us much humour and humanity as was possible and everything was perfect...for a time. Unfortunately after 20 years the consistency of those original high concepts started to wane. They became more convoluted a la Onward, or excessively existential de la Soul, or more just less good, like the ironically named good dinosaur.…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    Maverick is a film that defies star rating systems. It is not a near perfect film, but it is a near perfect execution of everything it intends to be.

    It takes the classic sports movie framework and replaces training montages with breath taking action set pieces that are awesome in the truest sense of the word.

    Archetypes, and clichés act as placeholders for genuine characters but in a way that allows the story to hit the necessary emotional beat exactly…