Melody has written 213 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • George Carlin's American Dream

    George Carlin's American Dream

    ★★★★½

    I don't know where to begin with this but it doesn't really matter cos I'm not really counting it in my personal log, just that I can't help express the notes I made on it here anyway…

    [part one - this was Sunday]

    You'd think I'd love this even more than Apatow's doc on Garry Shandling, who I knew less… maybe it's the timing… it's an exhilarating assembly but my attitude to comedy has changed so much since Carlin died.…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★½

    "There is nothing you can do. There is nothing, okay?"

    "Welcome brother."
    "There's so much here that doesn't make sense."

    "I loved her of course."
    "You know that's not possible."
    […]
    "I know better."

    "What do you believe in, David?"
    "Creation."

    "They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. They don't deserve to start again, and I'm not going to let them.”

    "I think if we are kind it will be a kind world."

    We're just so inevitably doomed once…

  • Alice

    Alice

    ★★★★½

    I couldn't log the so-called miniseries that is the Swimming with Sharks remake on here earlier today (the one with Kiernan Shipka omg it's amazing, delicious, sick, upsetting, on every level) so I'm making it up with this 'cos it was good enough to make me cry. It's very much a primer by the same writer Dennis Potter for Dreamchild 20 years later and I think that particular perspective is why it made me cry this time in a way…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    "Bobby… you almost look disappointed."

    "I'm a cartoonist. You're gonna catch him."

    "Not that I haven't been sitting here idly waiting for you to drop by and reinvigorate my sense of purpose…"

    "Who's that?"
    "That's Graysmith. Some cartoonist. Thinks he's gonna solve the Zodiac."
    "Well good for him!"

    "These carrots are great."
    "Just go."

    "When is it gonna be finished? When you catch him, when you arrest him?"
    "I need to know who he is. I need to stand there.…

  • The Man in the Moon

    The Man in the Moon

    ★★★★½

    Everybody is so tiny in this. It's been in my watchlist forever 'cos of that (tiny Reese) but it only really floated up in the past year watching more Robert Mulligan movies. I don't know if it tops a lot of those but I still felt it and it's a really perfect swan song to his humanism. There are moments where the music and the Reese and the photography come together in a way that reminds me of the absolute…

  • Spartacus

    Spartacus

    ★★★★½

    "What's wrong with women?"
    "Where would you be now, you lout, if some woman hadn't fought all the pains of hell to get you into this accursed world?

    "Are you afraid?"
    "Yes."

    "Oh my love, my love, please die, die…"

    I'd've prepared better if I'd known I had literally no old review of this movie, the best I did was tweet through it 10 years ago when I was between my old site and here (most gleanable note? that they…

  • Arlington Road

    Arlington Road

    ★★★★½

    "The people in that building, they felt safe. Secure. Just like you feel now. And then an instant later, in an instant, they were gone forever. We needed to have this man to blame. We don't want others, we want one name, and we want it fast. Because it gives us our security back. We can say 'here was the one man, unlike the rest of us, we named him, and he's no more, and his reasons? They're gone too.'…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★½

    "Wrap it up… there's no new ground being broken."

    "Happy?"
    "No. I'm annoyed.

    "What is this a birthday party?"

    "Different Peter… weird…"

    "No way to sugar coat that it's literally the dungeon of a wizard."

    "It's just a tree man, just a tree."

    "He's lost, and I don't mean in the cosmic sen- I mean in his mind. Are they all like this?"

    "Do you think there are other Ned Leedses?"

    "You know what's cooler than magic? Math!"

    "I'm something…

  • David and Lisa

    David and Lisa

    ★★★★½

    "I had my clock execution dream last night."

    "David you never used to talk to me like that."
    "What makes you think that I ever really talked to you at all? When people talk it means they say what they really feel. All you ever do is toss words around."

    "Please trust me."

    "I'm me."

    I've skipped so many of Frank Perry's movies since I started going back through the years, even though I wanted to watch them all initially,…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    ★★★★½

    I know people rave about 3 n I get that so much, but I don't know, this is the one that does it for me the way my faves talk about that. I don't know how they even came up with and pitched this one. 4 is where these movies genuinely start to look great even if they're not doing much with the story and this completely continues that look and feel but it adds this insanely feminist commentary on…

  • The Sand Pebbles

    The Sand Pebbles

    ★★★★½

    "You only matter now as a symbol of your country."

    "You know what this is? This is desertion in the face of the enemy."
    "I ain't got no more enemies. Shove off, captain."

    "I'll have you shot for a mutineer."
    "Well shoot something."

    "Damn your flag. Damn all flags. It's too late in the world for flags."

    "What the hell happened?"

    I always figured Robert Wise got the first Star Trek movie because he was simply known as a solid…

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill

    ★★★★½

    "I've been on a diet every day since I was nineteen, which basically means I've been hungry for a decade. I've had a series of not nice boyfriends, one of whom hit me. Ah, and every time I get my heart broken, the newspapers splash it about as though it's entertainment. And it's taken two rather painful operations to get me looking like this… and, one day not long from now, my looks will go, they will discover I can't…