Favorite films

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Snowman
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Christmas Evil

Recent activity

  • The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

  • The Power of the Dog


  • Urban Legends: Final Cut


  • Urban Legend


Pinned reviews

  • Il Sorpasso

    Il Sorpasso


    Spoilers for the ending in the last two paragraphs.

    Weird to finally catch up on a film that’s so deeply interwoven in the culture I absorbed growing up.

    The jokes about accents and regional stereotypes. The twin spectres of young people being expected to make it only if they leave the country or study Law (more on that below). The struggle of finding anywhere open on the 15th of August (or indeed for the whole month of August if you…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson.

    All I want to know is, did Gerald Ford know about this film? Did someone tell him about it? Did he go see it? Was he sad that none of the surfer bank robbers wears a Gerald Ford mask? When, later in the film, they kidnap Keanu and force him to go on a robbery with…

Recent reviews

  • The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

    The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

    Are Aldovia, Belgravia, and Montenaro part of the EU? I ask this because, at the big Christmas festival that takes place at the end of this film, one of the dozen or so flags on display is an EU one. If some or all of these countries are part of the EU, there’s a line King Richard Carlton of Aldovia mutters to his advisers in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding that suddenly takes on a much more ominous valence:…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog


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

    I found the first half good but not particularly emotionally compelling; I found the second half quite a bit more compelling due to the sexual tension between Phil and Pete (particularly as the power dynamic between them seemed to shift); I found the last couple of scenes devastating, a real gut-punch, retroactively revealing Phil Burbank to be the tragic figure he’d been all along. I felt dizzy and like I was standing at the edge of a hole in the…

Popular reviews

  • Legend


    I was blown away by the sheer look of this film. But, thinking about it now, I’m not so sure about its take on monobrows. Tom Cruise sports what looks like his natural monobrow in this, and because his character is good, natural, and authentic, this suggests that we are meant to infer that monobrows are good, natural, and authentic as well. But then, when the forces of darkness give Princess Lili an “evil” makeover in an attempt to corrupt…

  • Love Serenade

    Love Serenade

    NB My thoughts on the film have somewhat shifted, but the following review still honestly reflects how I felt about it when I watched it and immediately afterwards (I should note that it was on the day before a long journey, usually a time when I'm particularly mushy). For diametrically opposed readings of the film, I'd recommend checking out Michelle’s, Maddy’s and Sakana’s (please be respectful of their spaces).

    Dimity’s weird little grin the first couple of times she thinks…