• No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★½

    Soderbergh answered the question literally nobody was asking: how does it feels to play
    L.A. Noire high on Xanax?

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★

    A begrudging obligation of a film that gives a listless shrug as it gorps aloofly at an audience just as resigned to spend their time and money watching it as the corporate committees are to make it. They say vote with your wallet, but time can be even more precious than money. Whilst many regard MCU instalments like these as perfectly pleasant or even excellent, I am beginning to feel malnourished. 

    Less rollercoaster rides than fast food filmmaking. The appeal…

  • Spice World

    Spice World

    Too spectacularly silly to denigrate, too frenzied to pin down, and far too fun to hate on ✌🏼🇬🇧

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    ★★★½

    Where many musicals falter, this adaptation thrives by honing its sense of place and character. My former home county of Yorkshire rarely gets the balanced portrayal lent by native director Jonathan Butterall to this film. It avoids both reductive caricatures and wince-worthy Hollywood sanitisation of Sheffield. 

    What struck me most about this tale was that it didn't feel obliged to situate society in some unrecognisably archaic environment for the sake of dramatic tension. Jamie is openly gay and proud, his…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    [To the tune of ‘There is a Light’]

    Oh Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    If you made me dead
    To die by your side
    Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★½

     "I may have gone too far in a few places."

    Those infamous words of George Lucas sting like the tragic utterance of Alec Guinness's colonel at the climax of The Bridge on the River Kwai. "What have I done?" says Colonel Nicholson as the enormity of his errors dawns on him after so much havoc has been wrought. Whilst the colonel had time to rectify his misguided wrong-doings, Lucas believed he was too far down the road to turn back.…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

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

    In an MCU instalment with bold world-building ambitions, I would never have guessed the greatest and by far the most distracting would be to retcon Ben Kingsley to be inexplicably Scouse.

    My MCU rankings

  • Dug Days

    Dug Days

    Me: It’s depressing how shallow audiences are that The Secret Life of Pets is the 70th highest grossing film in the history of cinema 😒

    Also me: I would die for this cartoon dog 🥺

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    With news of Nino Castelnuovo’s passing breaking today, just days after Jean-Paul Belmondo’s, it felt only right to revisit this classic of French cinema which sits firmly in my favourite films of all time.

    I could gush about the wonders of this film for eternity, but I’ll hone my praise to just a few of my most cherished elements. The colour palette encapsulates all the kaleidoscopic tones of Technicolor 60s cinema. Red never seemed redder, yellow waterproofs never looked so…

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    I both adore and detest how this now plays like a nonstop meme compilation

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★★

    Never has there ever been, nor ever will there be again, anything quite like Annette. A pure singularity of cinematic strangeness with boundless operatic electricity. Unafraid to be disarmingly and alarmingly odd all whilst being so elementally entertaining. Shades of Greek tragedy and Brechtian theatre blend so seamlessly with the vivacious quirk of the Sparks Brothers. The marriage between sound and sight never seemed quite so unfathomably suitable. Many will be alienated by the wild choices at play, but the audience it retains will be all the more awestruck. With wide eyes and mouth agape, I found myself truly smitten by this ludicrous, mesmeric, ambitious, radical nightnare.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★

                           “I have a plan to go mad.”

    Trapped in my room, watching this at 6am, was perhaps the only way it could ever have been experienced. Held hostage, I watched. My captivity slowly dissolving into rapture. 

    Leos Carax is an artist who paints in dazzling, contradictory strokes. He situated the surreal in mundanity. Fluidity in incongruity. Beauty at peace in squalor. A compelling puzzle begins to form with every…