• Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★

    Austin Butler, I beg of you, calm down

  • Kiss the Girls

    Kiss the Girls

    ★★★

    Got milk?™

  • Perfect Days

    Perfect Days

    ★★★★½

    Never ever talk when Patti Smith is playing

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    ★★★★

    The Iron Claw is all about pain. Wrestlers like other athletes have it drilled into them that pain is good. Pain is gain. Pain is weakness leaving the body. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Armies rely upon the same thinking. This process of tolerating monumental pain. For the sake of what? Some abstract, fleeting glory? It seems these fights are fought for by others only to be claimed by those who instruct from beyond the arena of battle. Again,…

  • Orion and the Dark

    Orion and the Dark

    ★★

    Kudos to Kaufman for making Baby’s First Nihilistic Anxiety Attack and seemingly animating it himself

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★★

    A film that walks a fine line - that razors edge between stability and instability.  It’s about the safety net we might all fall back upon if we misstep and loose our balance. Off-kilter we tumble and trust something kind shall break the fall. But every system is human, and every human is imperfect. With the capacity for kindness and cruelty, power lends itself to corruption, and thus those who are powerless end up at the whims of what we…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    a film that understands if you do all the Hollywood bullshit in earnest then it’s a fucking magic trick ✨

  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★★

    It cascades. The way rain runs down a window. Droplets dance their paths downward. Some plummet. Some hesitate. Some fall alone. Some join together. Like moments, they all descend and from a distance the droplets become whole. 

    It feels like a flood. Awash with all the feelings I and Adam have, I find it hard to parse the rain now. It ran down my screen. My window and his. That’s it though, isn’t it? The view and the reflection: they…

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls

    ★★

    The razzle dazzle of Broadway squeezed onto the big screen promising more modern twists than you can shake a selfie stick at. Mean Girls (the Musical) shimmers with sweat-laden desperation. It feels like a plea for relevance bargained for by middle-aged executives guessing what the kids are into. Present it on iPhones, expunge any slightly unsavoury elements, and, fatally, remove all traces of musical theatre from the promotion. 

    Audiences are laughing at this film more than with it. People laughed…

  • Porky in Wackyland

    Porky in Wackyland

    ★★★★

    I went to Wackyland and everyone knew you

  • The Owl and the Pussycat

    The Owl and the Pussycat

    ★★

    “If computers can turn out romantic comedies, the results would be a lot like The Owl and the Pussycat"

    These words appeared in print over 50 years ago. Stanley Kauffmann, film critic for The New Republic, clearly did not think much of this film. I can’t blame him. It’s messy, and Barbra was worthy of better material. But little did Kauffmann realise how oddly prescient his sentiment would become whilst also being wildly off the mark.

    This film is about as…

  • Foe

    Foe

    ★★

    It achieved the impossible. 
    It put me off Paul Mescal.