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  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★

    Well, I mean this film is nothing if not interesting. One of those films you feel a bit bad for giving it such a low rating - the lows are quite low, but the highs are quite high. The film feels like a mess, but a mess that almost works.

    It's somewhat curious to me that here, Boorman seems to really be going for a kind of mythological feeling. He's adopting one of the most folklorically baggaged pieces of fiction…

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★

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

    The touching story of a cop who learns to get over his fear of shooting innocent children.

    Yeah... that whole thing, was a bit... oof.

    John McLane acts as a "fly in the ointment" to the gang of European terrorists who take over Nakatomi Tower. We get some generally quite nice scenes near the start of the film endearing us a bit to McLane (Bruce Willis), and really glueing us into his POV as a character, despite some cutaways to…

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  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    ★★★★★

    I've only seen this once, at the moment, but I feel the need to write something about it. This film, in my opinion, is amazing. The scale is ridiculous - there seems to be sometimes thousands of extras milling around a constructed town. The scenes in the opening and throughout the film are epic on a scale I've never seen before... not because they have ridiculously dramatic music, or high stakes (there are almost no stakes at that point in…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ½

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

    This is an incredibly ugly film. Most obviously in its visuals, a kind of mid-2000s video game cutscene aesthetic, that just renders the entire film almost unwatchable. Secondly, the film is ugly in many of its moment to moment interactions, barefaced examples of screenwriting excrement. Thirdly, the messages and thematic ideas and conclusions of the film are ugly. Fourthly, the whole development and main constitution of the film as a 200-minute advertisement is extremely ugly.

    Let's look at our hero…