• He Was Her Man

    He Was Her Man

    ★★★½

    Cagney is a double crossing rat trying to leave the country. Blondel a quietly sad working girl looking to get out by marrying a kind Portuguese fisherman.

    Their old lives and selves pull at them and it’s always a case of just how hurt by it all they will be.

    It’s a fairly standard melodrama most of the way but Cagney’s intro and his scenes with blondel are excellent. She does her top drawer thing, been hurt. Defensive about being…

  • Betty Boop for President

    Betty Boop for President

    Nicely anarchic with a proper satirical tone to it. You can’t really go wrong with these.

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    Smile inducing melange of bikes, boobs, butts, fetishized logos and that weird soft music that only exists in French and Japanese auteurist movies post 1975.

    It's absolutely gorgeous, and gives you the most empty, free vision of Japan I can remember on film.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    I think when this came out we'd not really had many superhero movies, I checked during the train rescue scene and it was concurrent with spider-man 2 and this felt like as big screen Kirby as we'd ever got. I wasn't even reading comics at the time but like everyone I loved it.

    My wife it's fair to say isn't that invested in the idea of big screen Kirby and she'd always found it the most boring pixar.

    I'm kind…

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    First time my daughter saw this she got really scared and it put her off Frozen 1 and all of disney for ages. The second time she saw it halfway through she told my wife to enjoy it but that she'd been mainly watching the floor instead.

    This time (and she chose it) she enjoyed it a lot. It's probably a film thats really good for Kids who have grown up with Frozen since it came out but is still…

  • Little Monsters

    Little Monsters

    ★★★

    Before the zombies and Nyong'o show up its a really obvious but genuinely funny comedy about getting kids to say adult stuff.

    Once the zombies come in it lost me a little bit, the tone and characters dont quite work for the middle third, but it picks up at the end and the trio of adult actors are all pretty entertaining.

    Not in anyway special but if you want a sweary comedy built out of stuff you've seen before while you're marking some maths tests its pretty good.

  • Parenthood

    Parenthood

    ★★★

    because every now and again my wife remembers some movie she watched decades ago and it gives you a glimpse back to ancient history that you lived through

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    We have finally found a film that isn't too scary for my daughter and as it is on netflix counts as something cool rather than a film.

    It was lovely, of course. I'd not seen the dubbed version before but it was fine.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★

    In the early 80s in the UK everything had to be sci-fi. Personal computers were part of it but mainly it was star wars.

    So every product was being sold with knock off images of space ships and aliens. Every kids programme would make space puns to try and drum up interest in any old stuff,

    Close encounters was a big part of it, the title worked for easily recognisable headlines, sketch shows would use the potato mountain and the…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    its not as if it's bad as such, it's just like watching someone else play a video game while you realise you sold your console to pay for a holiday

    its a good attempt at putting a shooter game on screen, both the action sequences and the world building, its technically admirable and its fun i guess, but not sure i really got much from it

  • Helpmates

    Helpmates

    I dont think I'll ever quite click with Laurel and Hardy, Oli has a habit of treading on and explaining gags, sometimes you get a great expression out of it but there is no willingness to let the audience get there on their own. So I spent the first half being pulled back from immersion and laughing. Too many times you, conditioned by other comedies, expect them to side step the obvious and go somewhere cleverer only for them to…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    I tend to watch the MCU films through a lens of being an ex comics fan, with an eye to adaptation and nostalgia and giving credit for them creating films of stuff that meant something to me in the past even if the films themselves fall well below most of the things I watch today. It's just fun to see the concepts up there, even imperfectly.

    I think, ironically perhaps, this was the first one that made any connection between…