• Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    2008 Ranking 

    WOW

    Honestly at loss for words…but yeah definitely a masterpiece.

  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★★½

    2013 Ranking

    Definitely can’t deny that Farhadi might throw just a few too many plot twists into this one, but on rewatch I have to say this entirely works for me, those minor reservations carried through by some incredible acting. Also the ending has definitely grown far more in my esteem, messy and inconclusive but I think it reflects life better that way.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    ★★★½

    2015 Ranking 

    Turkington kills it!! Much more sombre and contemplative than I expected but I liked its approach in a rather odd little character study. Nice to see some of my favourite character actors pop up along the way.

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    2021 Ranking

    Well, there you have it, a good video game adaptation! Sam Richardson is a strong lead, it's never that scary but it is frequently quite funny, and a nice enough blend of the two makes for an engaging enough ride. Ending not that great but not bad either, definitely feels like a film that's served by its short length well.

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★

    2021 Ranking 

    I'll admit I had really high expectations for this and, while I still enjoyed it, it lacked the spark to really make this kind of story work for me. Colman Domingo is phenomenal, the use of music from scene to scene is great, and there's a lot of fun to be had in individual sequences and directorial touches by Janicza Bravo. I'll also say that when it's grating, it seems to me to be deliberately so, and in…

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★

    2021 Ranking

    Andrew Koji is awesome, everything else sucked.

  • White Material

    White Material

    ★★★★½

     2009 Ranking

    Impressive how much Claire Denis lays out for the viewer to unpack with her largely visual storytelling (though her screenplay, written alongside Marie Ndiaye, offers a lot in that regard too). Found this very compelling as a narrative that is falling apart from the very beginning, our protagonist Maria's single-minded drive to maintain her coffee plantation narrowing in the focus so intently, making it all the more effective as it all implodes. Isabelle Huppert is of course, fantastic,…

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★

    1988 Ranking 

    The most comically madcap Almodovar I've seen yet, easily, anchored very well by a terrific Carmen Maura (this and Volver together making for quite the terrific pairing), and I rather enjoyed the ride. Can definitely see why this was a breakout for both Pedro and a very young Antonio Banderas.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    2021 Ranking

    People need to stop acting like Nicolas Cage giving a great performance is something revelatory. But this is, indeed, quite a remarkable film. Understated with well earned doses of humour, offbeat but also very grounded in its central conceit, and within the simplicity of the storytelling finding something truly affecting in Robin's gradually unravelled backstory. In particular I quite loved how the third act really threw me off from what I was expecting in how it wraps up everything. Beautiful little film, and could easily go up with a re-watch.

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★½

    2009 Ranking 

    Like most of To’s films, style very much over substance, but that style is quite sublime (those gunfights really do be something else) and the story, minimalist and perhaps underwritten though it might be, is enough to provide a decent framework for the fantastic action, with just enough emotional investment in the centre.

  • The Salesman

    The Salesman

    ★★★★½

    2016 Ranking 

    Some truly incredible camerawork in just letting the lingering impact of shots hit hard, the brilliant editing, and the brilliant performances all resonated even more on rewatch. Insane how unnerving and tense Farhadi can make a situation without resorting to obvious tricks.

  • Green Fish

    Green Fish

    ★★★½

    1997 Ranking 

    Powerful in parts and with tremendous leading turns by Han Suk-kyu and Shim Hye-jin (it has to be said, every Lee Chang-dong film has amazing performances in them), plus a bonus early Song Kang-ho scene-stealing appearance, and while it perhaps lacks some of the emotional complexity and depth of his later work, it stands as a solid debut and crime drama.