Favorite films

  • Sabotage
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Juggernaut
  • Mission: Impossible

Recent activity

All
  • The Reckless Moment

    ★★★★½

  • Total Recall

    ★★★

  • El Planeta

    ★★★½

  • The Prestige

    ★★★★½

Recent reviews

More
  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    Surprised to find that I liked this! Don’t usually gel with Villeneuve, but as with Arrival he’s working with good source material, and the self-seriousness fits — it’s not that far off Lawrence of Arabia in capturing the theatre of politics, and the delusions versus reality of leadership. Spectacle-wise he bungles the initial appearance of the worm, but the brutalist production design otherwise works wonders, especially in terms of scale. Oscar Isaac is great, a humane, grounding presence, and Timothée…

  • Wendigo

    Wendigo

    ★★★½

    Caught up with this after playing (and enjoying) Until Dawn. A bit useless as an actual horror movie, but as a family portrait it's extraordinarily detailed and beautifully acted, especially by Jake Weber.

Popular reviews

More
  • Monos

    Monos

    Cowardly and apolitical. Has no interest in what has shaped the kids' ideologies — why they signed up as soldiers in the first place, or, as in Nocturama, how their relationship to culture has fed into their alienation — and deprives us of a time and place. So what's left is a bunch of self-consciously unpleasant scenes that evoke Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now but stripped of context, ideas, and purpose. And people have praised this as a…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Sunlit domesticity isn't particularly fresh horror territory, but it's compounded here by the unknowable limits of the body, the viciousness of the family dynamic; reminded me of Kafka and Kubrick, and Jonathan Glazer, with his eerie compositions and jagged soundscapes... But it's 100% Lanthimos, who's very much a tonal brand unto himself by this point. Really impressive.