• El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★★

    I waited too long to watch this.

    A fun ride with familiar faces & an exceptional performance from Aaron Paul (also Jesse Plemmons is secretly the best).

    The ending of Breaking Bad had a pretty nice bow on it but this put on another (albeit unnecessary) prettier one.

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★

    ...?

    I refuse to believe people actually watch this for enjoyment. I mean sureeeee... Visually it may have something to say about the temporal nature of love and time experienced the 20-something slackers.

    But I've never rated a film for its unique camera angles & cinematography alone. It doesn't make up for it's loose & frankly uninteresting narrative and poorly written characters which as much 'character' & relatability as a hobnob.

    Bad... Bad. In the Mood for Love is still my favourite from Wong Kar-Wai but bloody hell this was a disappointment.

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★½

    I can see why this is considered the black sheep of the franchise.

    Departing from the usual formula with a complete absence of the usual characters (albeit a few seconds of archivial footage), this installment delivers on the fun factor and then some.

    A great pick for Halloween. Not nearly as great as that 'stache on the sexy, dashing presence that is old school dilf Tom Atkins.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★½

    I had no idea what this movie wanted to be. A self-aware tale of existentialism with the threat of the fantastical against a backdrop of mundanity & normalcy? A fun zombie romp with an A-list cast (See Iggy Pop as an undead coffee afficianado for maximum kicks)?

    Or, most likely, it was just an average zom-com where the com was nearly non-existent & where by the end it felt like the ending was both an hour away or could've or happened an hour sooner.

    I expected more from a Jarmusch/Driver collaboration but then again - I didn't know quite what to expect going in...

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★★

    Such an iconic film with star-making performances and mature themes.

    Cameron is still the most relatable character, possibly ever.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    6 years removed since I first saw it, I still echo the exact same sentiments. This is top 3 Tarantino, a masterclass in suspense & storytelling with brilliant characters and setting.

    The acting was insane too, Tim Roth, Sam Jackson & Jennifer Leigh were all incredible but Walt Goggins stole the show as a bitter, bigoted sheriff-to-be with almost insatiable delivery of his lines.

    If Hitchcock ever made a western collaboration with Robert Rodriguez, it may look a lot like this and I'm all here for it.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Wasn't the biggest fan in initial viewing, but this is a film where you have to know what to expect to enjoy.

    The build up to the eventual finish is incredible and the characters are brilliant. Brad and Leo excel at their roles.

    This evoked an incredible atmosphere of late 60s, early 70s US through it's stellar cinematography & costume design. Also, a great social commentary ran throughout the film that I didn't pick up on my first watch.

  • Mean Machine

    Mean Machine

    ★★★½

    A tonal nightmare at times but who cares, it's brilliant fun. The final 20-25 minutes are pure comedy gold.

    Also, a young Danny Dyer.

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★★½

    I came for Reese Witherspoon (who is a tour de force in this film). I stayed for Matthew Broderick's delightfully hilarious & conflicted performance.

    This is witty, funny stuff and I daresay a must-see.

  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★½

    Really good fun. Hoffman plays awkward, anxious, ambivalence to perfection. A film that somehow feels new and fresh at the same time as it does classic.

    Also, Simon & Garfunkel was the perfect choice.

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    Saw this months back so this a very late review.

    Arguably the first slasher and a damn good one at that. An obscure killer, a brilliant atmospheric feel & a haunting ending.

    You can see the influences in Carpenter's work, especially Halloween. If the latter is the one responsible for the 80s slasher boom - Black Christmas deserves just as much credit.

  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★

    It feels forever since I saw an Alfred Hitchcock film but this reminded me of how much I love his style.

    A wild, fun ride which made me feel like a kid watching The 39 Steps at 2 in the morning again.