Melody has written 426 reviews for films during 2016.

  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas


    "Do you know what burns my ass?"
    "A flame about 3 feet high."

    "It's always a business doing pleasure with ya."

    "No one messes with my girls."

    "Y'all come back now, y'hear?"

    Again surprised/annoyed that I haven't written about this before, 'cos as you might be able to tell I'm not too good about writing in the last part of December. Anyway, watched this just 'cos I got Hard Candy Christmas in my head, and it's just as great…

  • The Ultimate Christmas Present

    The Ultimate Christmas Present


    "I am so sorry Santa."

    Unless you count the 1999 Annie (which I often do), or unless I'm forgetting something, this is almost certainly the best Christmas TV movie. You can't do much better than two late 90s LA tweens f-ing around with things they're not supposed to (in this case the weather) in their bedroom and Hallee Hirsh breaks my heart without even saying a word once she realises just how bad they've messed up. (I'm genuinely surprised I…

  • Tempest



    "Show me the magic."

    I've gotta be honest, I kind of forced myself to watch this before the year is out just to get Gena Rowlands back in my "most watched" for the end of year review (and I just realised Letterboxd now expanded that section to 10+ so I didn't even need to do that lol), this last week of the year never being the best time to concentrate on anything new and/or unknown. I hadn't even realised this…

  • Little Women

    Little Women


    I said last time I might write more at Christmas but to be honest all I can say is yes it is as good as a Christmas movie as I thought it might be and than god I found the time and the people to share it with cos to be honest I was frightened it'd be another year yesterday… it's actually just a frighteningly great adaptation of a book I finally read this year after my winona binge…

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard


    "We're gonna need more FBI guys I guess…"

    Merry Christmas everyone :)

  • Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can


    "There's 50 cheques there Frank… to the moon…"

    "Nobody's fighting. Look at me, Frank. Nobody's fighting."

    "Dear Dad, you always told me an honest man has nothing to fear… so I'm trying my best not to be afraid…"

    "Why didn't I concur?"

    "Amen - oh, that was beautiful! That mouse, he churned that cream into butter…"

    Leo peaked with this for me - that scene in the plane at the end when he's told about his dad… there's just so…

  • Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

    Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus


    Possibly my cynical expectation combined with the quality of the only copy I could find played a part here but… it's pretty much what I expected, and this is why Prancer is so great. Prancer knew how beautiful the Yes Virginia letter is but that to stretch it into a feature would simply need too much padding. Instead it flips the notion for a more current audience ("Yes, Santa, there are still Virginias…") and makes the letter a very small…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


    "Some of us just decided to do something about it."

    Like Episode 7 had Luke, Leia and Han etc, this too has a gimmick I can't even begin to talk about yet, but which was enough to have me doubting my first impression since it was so distractingly joyous. Let's just say the uncanny valley has been thoroughly breached with this movie... if only for technical reasons, I'm sure this thing has profound value as to where it stands in…

  • David Brent: Life on the Road

    David Brent: Life on the Road


    Maybe it's a post-Trump thing or that I was so much less drunk this time, or that I knew that there was going to be nary a mention of the world of The Office (let alone an appearance from the likes of Tim, Dawn, etc, as I half-hoped there might be the first time) I don't know, but I really didn't know how I'd feel about this on repeat viewings and it was about a million times better than I…

  • Beach House

    Beach House


    Sometimes I wonder if one's effort to engage with a movie maybe influences one's perception of one's own opinion of it… if this movie was in English I'd probably have watched it in the background while fiddling around on the computer etc and not thought much of it, but since I not only had to read subtitles but read them in a separate file, manually (as the ones I found weren't syncing with the Youtube source, which would've been even…

  • Psycho



    "I'll lick the stamps."

    "You can't buy off unhappiness with pills."

    "We scratch and we claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and for all of it, we never budge an inch."

    I was intending to be in bed hours ago but, y'know, Christmas; then Twitter reminded me that today (US time, which I basically live on) is the day Psycho took place on… how could I resist. And maybe I needed this movie to catch me…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs


    “It was just smoke, Starling, I had to get rid of ‘em…”
    “It matters, Mr Crawford. Cops look at you to see how to act… it matters.”

    I know this movie too well now to even know what I'm saying about it really - seriously, I was quoting it in advance out loud as I watched, I know it line for line embarrassingly well. I know a lot of trans people have problems with it and I understand why -…