• Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Turns out they let Sam Raimi “do his thing” because it was the only way to hide what a botch job this script was.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    Still great.

    Midsommars still better.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★½

    Aaaaaargh… really flirts with being a capital G Great movie but just kind of fumbles the ball.

    Kauffman’s interest in a fantasy that develops agency is so well done at first that the somewhat predictable swerve into male misanthropy feels disappointing. Loved about half of the intersexuality but it got a bit cute towards the end.

    Strong recommendation for a very flawed little movie.

  • Scream

    Scream

    So the whole plot is literally about killers who are mad about Rian Johnson and yet Billy Loomis be pulling a Palpatine in Rise of Skywalker.

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    Were the Matrix sequels misunderstood masterpieces or just bad?

    Yes.

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★

    When Reloaded slaps it slaps harder than the first Matrix. I actually think the action scenes feel more distinct and thrilling than the first one and the big twist is way more radical than anything in part 1.

    It’s a shame that the pacing is virtually non-existent, the one galaxy brain idea is surrounded by stuff that’s either poorly explored or doesn’t make sense and I can’t stress enough how much I hate Zion.

    Still between this and the Star Wars prequels, how wild we’re early 2000s blockbusters?

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★½

    Ultimately a very fun but not particularly wild action blockbuster. Never bought that it’s depiction of simulated reality was as subversive as people claim but the action holds up.

  • Hawkeye

    Hawkeye

    ★★★½

    This is consistently charming, unpretentious fun. Best Marvel series bar wandavision and a better Black Widow tribute than her own goddamn movie.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★½

    A lot to love. A lot to not love quite as much.

    But the true MVP as always is Dafoe. The man turned up and then some.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    After almost killing the franchise every time the Craig era tried to become serialised its super impressive that Fukinaga and co doubled down on the mess that was Spectre to round out a 15 year story. After the cowardice of Rise of Skywalker and a THIRD Halloween reboot it just made me be much more willing to give the whole thing a shot.

    And at times this really is the high point of the Craig Bond films. At around the…

  • Freddy vs. Jason

    Freddy vs. Jason

    I need to specify that this was the first slasher film I ever saw. As a horror curious pre-teen in 2003 this film had more mystique to it than anything I can imagine experiencing today. I savoured my clandestine opportunity to watch this MA15+ shlock on VHS and rewatched it a lot. If I have a nostalgia blindspot for anything only the American Ring rivals this.

    So when I say this is a fucking piece of shit, I really mean…

  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    ★★★

    Unfortunately The Velvet Underground does not do to the music doco what I’m Not There/Velvet Goldmine did for the biopic.

    Clears the relatively straightforward baseline of reminding us how good these albums were and providing some very well restored footage, otherwise it’s a bit of a waste.

    If you’re not already a fan it all moves a bit too fast to really explain why they ended up being so important, nor does it add much depth for those more familiar.…