• World on a Wire

    World on a Wire

    ★★★★★

    There’s a mirror in every frame. This film is wonderful, I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of it with English subs forever. Michael Ballhaus (Frequent Scorsese DOP) does some crazy things with mirrors and orange. Fans of yer gaslight-sci-fi genre should pair with The Mind Benders (1962). Very ahead of its time conceptually. Five bags of popcorn, and a sheet of amber acetate from me.

  • The Thomas Crown Affair

    The Thomas Crown Affair

    ★★★★

    Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel. Like a snowball down a mountain or a carnival balloon. Like a carousel that's turning, running rings around the moon. Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes on it's face, and the world is like an apple whirling silently in space, like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind.

    Like a tunnel that you follow To…

  • The French Connection

    The French Connection

    ★★★★★

    The action in this film is so great, obviously the car/train chase with the camera in motion the whole time is nuts. The clown sequence where they try and out espionage each other on the platform is so funny. Ideally all Gene Hackman films should be remade, shot for shot, with John C Riley playing the part, and Will Farrell playing whoever the villain is. These should be released annually, for Christmas. Five bags of popcorn from me, and five pork pie hats.

  • The Hand of God

    The Hand of God

    ★★★

    Imagine spending millions of dollars and assembling a crew of hundreds of people, the riggers, the caterers, the lawyers, the health and safety supervisors, the location scouts, the drivers, the 2nd AD, the focus puller, to make a film about yourself, Sorrentino. I liked the bit where the woman ate the mozzarella.

  • Swan Song

    Swan Song

    Like most recent sci-fi, this film mainly acts as a sales pitch for Philips Hue smart lightbulbs, which it does so fantastically. It's basically another weirdly sincere Black Mirror episode for the American market, which is fine. It's a significantly better Her, which isn't saying much. I came for the art direction, the art direction was good.

  • Red Road

    Red Road

    ★★★

    A bleak, miserable film about how our baggy jeans used to get frayed and wet at the ends back then.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    Everyone in this film is doing a mock transatlantic accent like they’re in the Adventures of Robin Hood, astonishingly including all the British actors. This creative decision alone gets four bags of popcorn and three sodas from me.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

    Lana Wachowski made a spite sequel and probably hated every minute of it. I loved every minute of it. By far the best $200m trash movie I’ve seen in the last year.

  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★★

    Really good sound design and surround mix. High quality gore. Loved all the whackadoo stroby Field In England sequences. Modular synthesis on a trestle table in the woods and some expositionary dialogue lifted straight from an interview on The Quietus - I think this film was made to troll specifically me. Really enjoyed. Very Goosbumps. Even had a high quality credit sequence.

  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★

    A bunch of tech bros tell us about the dystopia that they’ve created without offering any solutions or really engaging with the human impact. Meanwhile Pete Campbell from Mad Men performs a Crime Watch reenactment.

  • Matthias & Maxime

    Matthias & Maxime

    ★★★★

    A coming of age film about 27 year olds is something I never felt I was missing, but boooy. Also, enjoyed the little hidden aspect ratio (and filmstock?) switch with the blinky lightbulb. Almost as if it ~symbolised~ something.

  • Empire of the Sun

    Empire of the Sun

    ★★

    Thought Christian Bale might have made the effort to bulk up a bit for a war film.

    It’s important to be reminded that your favourite authors grew up with staff.

    The wonderful Burt Kwok makes a brief appearance.

    The Baron Von Havers.

    David Lean was originally lined up to direct, would’ve been much better. Spielberg directs dialogue like a school play- everyone gets a turn. Seriously, Spielberg can fuck off sometimes.

    Found all the CPR a little triggering, but that’s my own problem.