• The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    Despite some pacing issues, being a little long and being a bit self-indulgent with its nihilism The Devil All The Time is a good watch. The performances are good although the most memorable thing about them is the accents which for the most part seem alright. I ended up liking the scenes with Tom Holland the most mainly because of the tension in them rather than him specifically although he's still good in this. Overall this is a decent watch but not anything to go out of your way to see.

  • Thunder Force

    Thunder Force

    ★★½

    There's some fun to be had with this but it's not actually a good film. Melissa McCarthy has some good comedic timing but generally the comedy in this was hit or miss and the story was bland and formulaic. This isn't a terrible film but it's not something close to good it's just a bit of light entertainment, the kind of content Netflix usually churns out.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    As a guy who's not overly fond of rom coms and who sees the time loop concept as being overused I actually enjoyed Palm Springs. I sometimes find Andy Samberg annoying but he's really good here and so is Cristin Milioti, both of them have great chemistry. There were some moments I didn't like mainly where this would fall back on genre conventions rather than trying new things but to be fair this does change up the time loop concept…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    This is my 4th time seeing this and it holds up so well. This is the 1st time that I've watched this alone which gave me a real opportunity to think about how good this is in retrospect. Everyone else I've watched this with on previous watches was viewing it for the first time so there was this specific overwhelmed reaction they gave off which effected how I viewed this. You've probably already heard in other reviews how stressful this…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★

    The Handmaiden crafts an atmospheric and engaging story through its intriguing screenplay and inspired direction. This is clearly a film that's great in every aspect from the acting to the production design, The Handmaiden is an impressive film. Park Chan-Wook's director trademarks are evident throughout this and amplify the story from the interesting dramatic elements and moments of dark humour. This is one of those films that I think will age really well and will get better the more I think about it but for now it's 4 stars but who knows on a rewatch this could become a 4 1/2.

  • Stoker

    Stoker

    ★★★★

    Stoker definitely seems to have been influenced by the works of Hitchcock yet managed to create its own tone with its compelling story. There's loads of great shots in this and some real good stylistic use of non-linear scenes. The acting from Mia Wasikowska and Mathew Goode is ultimately what is most impressive and is the driving force behind the film. Another great film from Park Chan-Wook which only adds to my motivation to check out more of his work.

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★½

    There's some really good filmmaking in here but Schindler's List felt a bit too 'hollywood' and like a lot of decisions were based on winning awards and making money rather than what was best for the story. Despite my issues this is filled with great acting and tells a fascinating story well, I just wish there were certain aspects that felt less 'crowd pleasing' for lack of a better word. This is still a very good film it just isn't close to the masterpiece some would have you think it is.

  • Shallow Grave

    Shallow Grave

    ★★★★

    Shallow Grave does an excellent job at mixing genuine tension and some pitch black comedy to create something stylistic and very entertaining. The three central performances bring the ecstatic screenplay to life and embody each character in an interesting and humourous way. The portrayal of paranoia, distrust and the build up of loathing is unique, compelling and seamlessly works itself into the dark comedy. I really want to check out more of Danny Boyle's films and get in the Trainspotting rewatch I've been intending on doing for a while.

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

    Moral of the story watch Widows instead. There was a lot of potential here but the screenplay is terrible and the tone is baffling. Does this want to be an exaggerated 70s stylistic comedy (kind of like Free Fire) or does this want to be a serious drama? I don't think anyone involved chose between the two tones at any point as one minute we're watching a slapstick murder played for laughs and the next scene it's domestic abuse. What were they thinking with this one?

  • Warrior

    Warrior

    ★★★

    For a story so clichéd 3 stars is generous but I've got to say for what it wanted to do Warrior succeeds. At the end of the day though the best combat sports film is Raging Bull and that is the film that you should prioritize seeing over this.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★½

    Cabin in The Woods does a serviceable job at twisting the genre conventions of horror although it takes its time to create meaningful satire. It's a good film the whole way through but for me it was the 3rd act where it became the film I was hoping it would be with some good twists and dark humour. If you want a horror film that's a bit different but isn't quite art horror (not that this not being art horror is a bad thing) then Cabin in The Woods is worth a watch.

  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation

    I was curious about this one after watching Malcolm and Marie and yeah this was bad. There are elements of M&M that I'm a little iffy on but overall I liked that film but this, this is something else. I think something that quickly summaries Assassination Nation is that it's an unironic "we live in a society" film, it also utilizes every gen Z stereotype in the book and to top it all off this feels so smug and thinks…