Josh Gillam

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Favorite films

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Brief Encounter
  • North by Northwest

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  • Second Act

    ★★★½

  • Get Out

    ★★★★½

  • Before I Go to Sleep

    ★★½

  • Lock Up

    ★★★

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  • The Story of Adele H.

    The Story of Adele H.

    ★★★½

    François Truffaut’s historical drama centres on Adele (Isabelle Adjani), the daughter of Victor Hugo, whose long-running unrequited desire for a British soldier (Bruce Robinson) pushed her into instability. 

    Truffaut takes from real life for a story about obsessive love, Adjani giving a powerhouse debut performance that really sells these all-consuming destructive emotions as they take hold of Adele. She plays it with an intensity that really lets you know something’s broken inside this woman, gripped in delusions that motivate her…

  • 3 Idiots

    3 Idiots

    ★★★½

    One of the most popular Indian movies of all time, Rajkumar Hirani’s classic buddy comedy is a definitely a fun ride. Underneath it all is a story about refusing to be put in the box others try to force you into, surrounded by a raucous and entertaining romp that mixes all sorts of tones in. 

    Hirani can focus on all the antics and hijinx, but there’s a genuine message here. While set at a particular college, it’s all pretty universal…

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  • Second Act

    Second Act

    ★★★½

    Jennifer Lopez stars in this comedy-drama about a forty-something store worker who manages to land a high-profile corporate job thanks to a fake profile that was made for her, now having to juggle this new world she’s been thrown into. 

    Lopez brings a lot of charisma into this story of a woman trying to prove what she can achieve if given a chance, in the middle of a story that feels like a modern throwback to the sorts of films…

  • Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go to Sleep

    ★★½

    I remember when the book Before I Go To Sleep was adapted from originally came out, and how intriguing it sounded: a woman (played here by Nicole Kidman) who wakes up each day with no memory of what’s come before, and seeing her piece her life together is a great launching off point for a story. 

    It’s been said that this has a similar premise to Memento, but I think the suburban element helps give this its own identity, Christine…

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  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is offered the gift of a mysterious game, a chain of events is set off that sends his life into a tailspin, in David Fincher’s psychological thriller co-starring Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Deborah Kara Unger, Peter Donat and Carroll Baker.

    There are some really gripping moments, the plot navigating through numerous twists and turns in a surprising way, making it feel unpredictable and engaging. Fincher shoots with an almost noirish edge, capturing…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★½

    Martin McDonagh returns in his fourth directorial outing with a project that pivots away from the crime-tinged stories of before to something much more low-key in feel, taking the focus to the characters and so letting their relationship dynamics move the story along by themselves.

    Being second generation Irish (with parents that immigrated to the UK before he was born) this is the first time McDonagh has a film entirely place in his ancestral country, capturing the spirit of these…