• Le Week-End

    Le Week-End


    I was really confused by a lot of the writing, it seemingly switched between happy to heartbreak on a dime every scene. Jim Broadbent was lovely, Lindsay Duncan was spellbinding, and Jeff Goldblum was random. The bad unfortunately outweighs the good in this one.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    This is another movie by Hong Kong auteur director Kar Wai Wong that I struggled with. The cinematography in this critically acclaimed movie was stylish and inventively framed, but I found the editing was too choppy. I liked the hidden off-screen characters – who were, according to the synopsis, having extramarital activities – but found the story itself to be confusing and didn't match this. Like Chungking Express, it was beautiful and felt spiritual – with a theme of eventually losing relationships to the passing of time – but lacked a coherent story that I didn't find engaging.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express


    I really struggled with the first act and couldn't understand what the filmmaker was trying to set up. Who is this mysterious woman trafficking drugs? Are drugs the story? Will we get a backstory or follow her situation? The story then transitioned into one of forlorn love, expired pineapples and connecting with people. I enjoyed the delicatessen/police officer storyline, which captured feelings more than a definitive narrative. The movie is filled with some spectacularly grainy cinematography, vibrant colours and California Dreaming on repeat.

  • Strays



    This is a crass movie that follows the tone and humour of South Park and Team America. That is to say, I found it *absolutely hilarious* in places. There are a lot of jokes – like flinging shit at a wall, some of sticks – and there are plenty of poo jokes to boot. The range of characters and breeds that defy stereotypes blend well throughout the story and are especially relatable as a dog owner.

  • T.I.M.



    This is a bog-standard humanoid AI gone wrong story that I've seen before. There is some backstory which is alluded to throughout the movie that increases the tension of the relocation, privacy and interactions with the android. There were a lot of small touches set up throughout the first two acts that pay off towards the end, but they were rather obvious; that is not to say they were *bad*.

    The movie actually got a lot darker than I thought…

  • Hidden Strike

    Hidden Strike



  • They Came Together

    They Came Together


    This is a hilarious parody of rom-com movies, specifically You’ve Got Mail. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are absolutely gold together and have many genuinely funny moments in this absurd comedy. There are so many one-liners that land, off-hand comments that elicit a laugh and scenes that take jokes to the extreme in a witty and ludicrous way.

    This is a fun, easy-to-watch, light-hearted comedy. 🥸

  • Joy Ride

    Joy Ride


    I didn't know what to expect from this recommendation, but it was an enjoyable surprise. It follows a group of friends, each with their own strong personality, as second-generation Asian Americans visit China for the first time.

    It is crass. It is rude. It is sweary. It is raunchy. The closest comparison I felt was a female version of The Hangover.

    Some scenes felt they dragged a little, even though the svelte runtime of 90 minutes. But there is enough fun and high jinks to keep you entertained. And the unexpected emotional moment hits *really hard*.

  • What's Love Got to Do with It?

    What's Love Got to Do with It?


    This is a light-hearted easy-to-watch romantic comedy. You know **exactly** how the movie is going to end, as two platonic friends navigate the tradition of arranged marriages.

    The primary story explores different cultures and how they approach marriage, as well as the generational approach to traditions. The two leads have a decent chemistry in the scenes they share and there are some awkward friends and family interactions as well.

    There are quite a few side stories which briefly touch on…

  • Elemental



    I didn't have high expectations going into the latest Pixar movie. The studio is renowned for its incredible animation paired with multi-layered and compelling storytelling and character development. From their beginnings, they championed original stories and experimented with high-concept movies such as Soul and Inside Out, yet more recently they've released a few sequels and movies based on existing characters. Thankfully, Elemental falls into the original experimental category.

    The concept features characters based upon water, fire, earth and air, with…

  • Asteroid City

    Asteroid City


    This was on par with Wes Anderson's previous feature The French Dispatch and evokes the same criticisms;

    An all-star cast feature in the quintessential Wes Anderson movie, but which is devoid of emotion, lost in the cold symmetrical and framed set design and cinematography.

    After half an hour I was bored of the quirkiness. There are plenty of characters with somewhat interesting stories, but these only ever touch the surface. The screenplay story-within-the-story didn't really work for me; I would…

  • Bank of Dave

    Bank of Dave


    This is a very light-hearted and easy-to-watch British feel-good film. It has an incredibly simple David vs Goliath good vs bad theme and is very idealistic with a lot of morals aimed directly at bankers, but also focusing on community and good folk helping others.

    The screenplay suffers from a lot of random jumps, with the goal of the movie abruptly declared after the opening karaoke scene. Halfway through the focus shifts from the main story – which is interesting…