• Morbius

    Morbius

    At this stage, Morbius has become more meme than film and, frankly is not even deserving of that status. One of the worst cinematic crimes (above being actively immoral) is to be bad and boring. This work has the quality level of Catwoman without the entertainment value of pure nonsense cinema.

    There is a cold capability to everything here. Though the narrative is uniformly poor, everything fits together like a film. It fits the dry expectations of the definition of…

  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    ★★★★

    Relatively close to the start of this five hour drama, we watch an artist run a session. He is exceptionally skilled at balancing objects, and applies this skill as a philosophy, believing people have a natural balance that can be maintained. He also believes in wider kinds of communication, an intuitive communication.

    The session, as presented, is quite beautiful. It is hard not to get caught up in the feel of human connection and to welcome the idea of balance.…

  • The Man Who Sleeps

    The Man Who Sleeps

    ★★★★

    Post college malaise evolves into a chronic detachment from reality. This a familiar tale of disaffection, something that cinema loves (especially of lonely men defined by their rejection of reality, often poeticised). But, here, it is done differently.

    This lone man is no lone wolf, his thoughts are narrated by a separate person, a female voice actor that (through her presence) creates even more distance. Even our privileged access to this man is a step removed, yet his thoughts also…

  • Magic Spot

    Magic Spot

    ★★★★★

    The Twin Geeks Review 

    Though it specifically refers to a plot critical element in the film, Magic Spot‘s title is a perfect encapsulation of the movie’s success. This film just works. All the elements combine to create this precise piece that, quite simply, just hits the spot, and that feels like magic for doing it. It is a film of lofty ambitions and intimate sensibilities. Its low budget and homemade backbone is pronounced enough to foster real charm while its…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Rarely has a title been more appropriate. This genre hopping, maximalist masterpiece truly does leave the viewer like they’ve just seen everything everywhere all at once. It is an overwhelming experience, both during and after, but a superlative one also. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll think and you’ll feel. Truly, it is everything that you want blockbuster filmmaking to be.

    It feels odd to classify the film as a blockbuster, but in scale and sheer cinematic audacity, it certainly is.…

  • Studio 666

    Studio 666

    Mileage will vary on how much impact a couple of solid horror scenes have. The words chainsaw and flesh-sack (I guess that's a word) come to mind as the film's positive elements. That aside, there's little here bar an over reliance on a presumed audience relationship with Dave Grohl.

    The presumption is a fair one. One of music's most enduringly popular public figures and the leading member of one of modern music's most celebrated bands. The issue is me. I'm…

  • Lux Æterna

    Lux Æterna

    ★★★

    You can easily intellectualise about Noé’s Lux Aeterna. The way it throws up philosophies on films from key male ‘auteurs’, quotations asserting directorial control and importance, while also showing a film set as collaborative chaos is satisfying. It’s more of a tacit message, though, a background to the film’s real purpose: hurting your eyes and ears.

    So far, Noé is at his best when wielding cinema as a confrontational and abrasive tool. He is at his worst when he matches…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    Conceptually very unique but, in reality, quite a pedestrian arc hidden behind quirky excess (defined by ultimately shallow observations). There is craft here, a kind of eclectic, stylised craft that clearly derives from music video making. It works, some of it is attractive and it is snappily composed. It is also frustratingly puerile, even beyond the initial moments.

    The farting corpse that has an erection that serves as a compass, it is an idea so purposefully grotesque that its silliness…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    A Sonic 2 podcast? We said it was coming: here it is. Listen to Zebra and I pick apart the blue blur’s latest adventure, and go through your emails.

    Send us your questions for future episodes to thinkingofspoiling@gmail.com.

    Listen on The Twin Geeks, on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    The Twin Geeks Review

    If the multiverse is as this film says it is, there will be a universe somewhere in which this film is good. After all, the film introduces the idea that if you can, or have, dreamed it then it exists somewhere (a tantalising promise the film does not deliver on). When watching Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, viewers will constantly be yearning for, dreaming of perhaps, the film that almost exists, the good version…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Full review coming soon (to www.TheTwinGeeks.com), and an episode of the I’m Thinking of Spoiling Things podcast recording this weekend.

    As you may know, we read out your emails (comments and questions) on that podcast. So, message thinkingofspoiling@gmail.com with your takes on this film, questions about it (for us), Marvel questions or Sam Raimi questions. 

    Or, drop us a comment on this review (indicating it is for the podcast).

  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    I've always felt like Marvel haven't known what to do with Scarlet Witch. The character has so much narrative potential but is necessarily sidelined due to the need to focus on established characters. She is too interesting to be allowed to do anything, such is the way with Marvel. The push for constant continuity that is inexorably built around a core set of Avengers means that very little can be done that's actually different or interesting.

    And, now that there…