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  • John From

    John From

    ★★½

    I think this was my first Portuguese film and up until about halfway I thought it was going to be a really positive experience too.

    The opening half reminded me a little bit of Neighbouring Sounds. Tracing fairly mundane lives around a middle-class neighbourhood and block of flats, it was quietly interesting and had a subtle sense of humour about it.

    It was also quite strong as regards to tracing the blissful nothingness of teenage life during a sun-drenched break…

  • The Last Challenge

    The Last Challenge

    ★★★½

    The Last Challenge is a largely forgotten western, but those who followed my streak of mainlining westerns from Film 4 and TCM last year won't be at all surprised that I would be watching another one of these.

    But I think it's interesting enough, perhaps not always in the most positive of ways, for it to warrant rediscovery beyond some shut-in watching it while he reviews Sex Tape Lesbians (average G/G fare - 5/10).

    It doesn't start off very promisingly…

  • Transporter 3

    Transporter 3

    ★★½

    Continuing my short #StathFest with a film directed by a man who has the actual name Olivier Megaton. Megaton! Oh the jokes he must have got at school. Except probably not because I think he's French. Ahh what a missed opportunity.

    "Olivier looks down."
    "Yeah, something must be weighing heavy on him."

    BECAUSE HIS NAME'S MEGATON.

    Anyway, a couple of odd things about this. Firstly, it's the second Jason Statham film after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to feature…

  • The Holcroft Covenant

    The Holcroft Covenant

    ★½

    It's not been an especially successful day on the film front.

    I put Elio Petri's The Assassin on this afternoon but fell asleep halfway through it. And if there's one thing I can't stand, it's having to rewind a film back to where I think I fell asleep.

    So having crossed that one off my to-watch list for a while, in my infinite lack of wisdom I decided to stick The Holcroft Covenant on. This is despite the fact that…

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★★

    The 52 Films Directed By Women Project - 44/52

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    I really should take all these stars away from Little Miss Sunshine. This is due to the fact that when Super Freak hit I laughed so loudly that it woke my daughter up. Now, instead of me sitting downstairs eating crisps, I'm still parked on my arse upstairs and she's reading a Tweenies book and telling me about dogs.

    Still, I don't suppose Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris knew that…

  • War

    War

    ★★★½

    Three of the Fast & Furious gang in the same film but this time Deckard Shaw doesn't kill or try to kill Han and Suki's acting is still absolutely terrible. Smack that ass!

    War has such a dreadful generic title yet and it's one of those completely thoughtless and lazy shitty-arsed titles that immediately makes you believe that this is going to be a thoughtless and shitty-arsed film. But much like Chaos, also armed with a name that any gormless twat…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    It's strange that on my first viewing I didn't necessarily see Arrival as a film that I would consider to be essential for rewatching.

    It's not because I got everything that happened in my first viewing, and I'm fairly sure I left the cinema with more questions than answers. And despite loving this film the first time I saw it, it hadn't really lingered in the front of my mind as something that I felt I was going to want…

  • Bear Island

    Bear Island

    ★★½

    I really don't know how this film ended up being as boring as it did, but I can only presume it's because the director is a complete and total tit.

    It starts off with a brilliant scene where a scientist gets brutally mown down by a ski-doo. I did think at that point that there was a chance that could end up being the best scene in the film because I don't know how any film could follow a moment…

  • Chaos

    Chaos

    ★★★½

    Chaos appears to be one Jason Statham's slightly earlier and largely ignored offerings, but if I've learned anything from watching a lot of his films it's that people obviously don't like his films as much as I do. And that's fine, you all have the right to be wrong.

    Dumped straight on to video and largely sinking without trace, I would admit that Chaos isn't so easily accessible that it could have made itself into a decent sized box office…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★

    An hour and 42 minutes I sat through this and nobody said "Play it again Sam!" fuck this shit.

  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    ★★★★

    There are a couple of very legitimate reasons why anyone might not regard the release of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels with fondness.

    On the one hand it did launch the career of Guy Ritchie and speaking personally, aside from Snatch, he hasn't done a single thing since that has slightly interested me or not looked fucking awful.

    There's also the fact that this was largely responsible for launching the UK, or more specifically south-east England, into a decade…

  • Torpedo Run

    Torpedo Run

    ★★★

    For the most part Torpedo Run is typical WW2 submarine thriller fare and if you've seen a few of these then there probably isn't all that much need to track this one down, unless you're a WW2 submarine thriller nut. If such a thing exists.

    I generally like them so I was ok with it. It does have a couple of deviations from the usual run of affairs with this type of movie. Glenn Ford's moral dilemma about having to…