• I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★★

    85/100

    This film is a particularly interesting one for sure. Having been a big fan of Rosamund Pike for several years, I had immensely looked forward to ‘I Care a Lot’ since it was first announced. What we got was a mixed bag which I think came off more on the positive side. Pike’s performance was great but I was slightly annoyed at how her character was framed more as a victim as the film advanced having already been established…

  • Manhattan Murder Mystery

    Manhattan Murder Mystery

    ★★★★

    82/100

    This film goes under the radar somewhat in general and especially when looking at Woody Allen’s collection of films. ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’ was fun for sure and went by quickly. My issues lie with the overacting which was comical at first but soon got jarring. Apart from this, the rest of the picture was a solid effort that managed to conjure up enough mystery and eclecticism that only Allen manages to do often with that iconic blend of this with…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    92/100

    Having started to watch this several years ago but switching off after finding the motorway musical section too jarring, I assumed I would never go back to this written off film. However after falling in love with Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ as well as being a big fan of both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, I realised I needed to give this picture a second chance. I picked Valentines Day to watch it as I already knew it had a…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    87/100

    Arguably Spike Lee’s most famous picture, ‘Do The Right Thing’ takes place in a black neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The plot focuses around a pizzeria ran by Sal (Danny Aiello), a caucasian man of Italian descent and his two sons, Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson) with Lee himself playing central character Mookie who works as a delivery boy for the pizzeria. During the hottest day of the year, tensions begin to rise between some of the inhabitants of…

  • Septem

    Septem

    ★★★½

    78/100

    A very fun and well put together half hour of content made by an amateur film maker. It felt very much of the ‘Twilight Zone’, ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Inside No.9’ genre with a twisting and dark narrative. Worth the half hour of your time and very easy to access with the full thing being on YouTube.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★★

    83/100

    This sequel isn’t as great as its predecessor yet still manages to entertain. ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is not to be taken overly seriously as the Elton John ending shows and by that point I had begun to really enjoy the film for what it was. I feel the cgi was far better blended than in the first film which helped with the immersion. The plot was sketchy for sure and I think that taking one of the finest actresses…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★★★★½

    93/100

    Matthew Vaugn gives us a fun, quirky and violent spy thriller in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ which impresses largely but sadly falls flat in other areas. The editing on the cgi front is the main issue in this falling flat as it wasn’t textured properly and constantly looked super imposed throughout. Furthermore, the editing in general aka the scene transitions and changes between shot distance and angle had potential but was not as tight cut and intricate as the genre…

  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★★★½

    97/100

    I’m back from my week’s hiatus and back with a bang indeed. ‘Léon: The Professional’ has been a burning inclusion on my watchlist for several years now and was next on my hit-list as the top target (yes that was a hitman joke in keeping with the film). This 1994 picture is a beautiful and emotive telling of a story set in a world that is anything but these things. This juxtaposed scenario of organised crime mixed with the…

  • Following

    Following

    ★★★★½

    95/100

    Well, well, well. What a FABULOUS debut from Christopher Nolan this truly is. Having recently seen ‘Tenet’, I had completed Nolan’s filmography bar this first picture of his. I’ve been astounded on the whole by his work and I had feared that due to the film’s low budget and age that it may not hold up to his big budget sci-if head-twisters or his equally delightful early noir mystery thrillers. Having now watched the film, I know my reluctance…

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★★★

    87/100

    When talking about Pixar’s wide variety of titles, the one that often gets forgotten about or even slated by some is 2015’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’. I can only imagine this is due to some of its cliche elements with strong influence from ‘The Lion King’ among others. Also some have criticised how it feels like a Pixar short, this probably due to the lessened amount of dialogue and somewhat simplistic plot. Don’t listen to all this. ‘The Good Dinosaur’…

  • Arizona

    Arizona

    ★★★★½

    93/100

    How on earth do people rate this film SO low?! This is the very definition of a hidden gem with it being sublime in so many aspects. 2018’s ‘Arizona’ follows Arizona (mild shock) real estate agent Cassie, played by Rosemarie DeWitt, who becomes entangled with a series of bloody crimes being committed in one of the gated communities she sells houses in. Firstly I have to discuss the maniacal performance of Danny McBride who plays the perfectly psychotic Sonny who…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★

    88/100

    A snowy ‘There Will Be Blood’. I jest of course but 2015’s ‘The Revenant’ in truth reminded me far more of ‘1917’ for several reasons. Firstly on a plot level, both films follow a character traveling through challenging and gruelling terrain. Yet the similarity regarding the technical side is there to be seen too with many long conscious shots featured throughout this film, similar to the “one conscious take” that ‘1917’ is know for. However like the other film,…