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April 19, 2024 Come Away
Now here’s an interesting idea, and it’s the only real reason I wanted to watch a kids&# …
April 18, 2024 You Don’t Nomi
As I’ve attested many times before, some movies have lives no differently than people do. The …
April 18, 2024 Face of the Screaming Werewolf
When I watched The Last Man on Earth, the first 1964 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Leg …
April 14, 2024 Benedetta
I interviewed Paul Verhoeven for his work on RoboCop for a couple of stories and found him a thoroug …
April 10, 2024 Triangle of Sadness
After all the awards buzz surrounding this movie I expected (and hoped for) a razor sharp satire of …
April 9, 2024 The Salton Sea
Val Kilmer was at an interesting point in his career, with Batman and other A list roles behind him …
April 8, 2024 The Fabelmans
After trying and owning every other genre in the business, where else was there for Steven Spielberg …
April 8, 2024 The Girls of Pleasure Island
For years my wife told me about this movie she watched on TV as a young girl and fell in love with, …
April 4, 2024 Love
I had this film on my list for ages not knowing it was from William Eubank, the same guy behind the …
April 1, 2024 Smoking Causes Coughing
This absurdist comedy appears to be a metaphor for something but for what, I have no idea – maybe …
March 27, 2024 Framing John DeLorean
The only other movie I can think of that takes a storytelling approach like this is American Splendo …
March 26, 2024 Number 37
With a gigantic thematic nod to Rear Window, this little South African thriller is a grimy but slick …
March 25, 2024 Little Joe
The production designer, cinematographer and director do a slightly better job than the screenwriter …
March 25, 2024 Serenity
First of all, every time a movie comes out that has the same title as another movie I’m remind …
March 21, 2024 The Obscure Object of Desire
The only other movie of Luis Buñuel’s I’d seen, The Phantom of Liberty, was a surrealis …
March 21, 2024 Evil Dead Rise
The remake of the original Evil Dead this is a sequel to was a much better movie that it had any rig …
March 20, 2024 The Mission
Another documentary film that would might have been better presented as a book, only because of how …
March 20, 2024 Honest Thief
Not long before watching this flick I watched HBO’s two hour-plus doco on Steven SpielbergR …
March 19, 2024 Fall
You’ve seen dozens of thrillers with no thrills and you’ve also seen dozens of ‘tr …
March 19, 2024 Sunday Too Far Away
Part of the New Wave of Australian films from the era when names like Fred Schepisi, Phillip Noyce a …
March 19, 2024 Spielberg
There came a point during this film, which follows Spielberg’s back catalogue chronologically, …
March 18, 2024 Nine Days
It’s a pretty audacious idea, not altogether successfully executed but worth watching for the …
March 17, 2024 The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
The reason I had this one on my list was probably because I read somewhere what an exploitation shlo …
March 13, 2024 The Coming War on China
This is the first film I’ve seen of John Pilger’s since the world lost him a couple of m …
March 4, 2024 Sundown
Something about the trailer pointed to a grand mystery, an undercurrent of danger and fear in its de …
March 4, 2024 The Glorias
I didn’t know a real lot about Gloria Steinem apart from her work as a feminist leader, so I w …
March 2, 2024 Saltburn
I became a huge fan of Emerald Fennell after Promising Young Woman, and this film had so much awards …
March 1, 2024 Mass
You wouldn’t think there’d be much to recommend a movie about four people talking in a r …
February 24, 2024 I Think We’re Alone Now
Though it’s very well made, every element of this movie is something you’ve seen somewhe …
February 24, 2024 That Sugar Film
Australian actor Damon Gameau isn’t really someone I would have thought of as a documentarian, …
February 19, 2024 The Autopsy of Jane Doe
I watched this film because I’d read somewhere it was the scariest film ever made, but in hind …
February 16, 2024 Flowers for Algernon
I assume I had this movie on my list because the idea of an operation on the brain that turns the me …
February 13, 2024 Tár
Before I watched this movie I thought it was going to be an – albeit very calm and clinical – sc …
February 12, 2024 Viva
I knew nothing about one-woman movie engine Anna Biller before watching this film, but I’ve si …
February 11, 2024 Bull
There’s only so much you can do with revenge stories except try to go to extremes. The two mos …
February 8, 2024 At Eternity’s Gate
I knew a little bit about the tortured final years of Vincent van Gogh’s life thanks to 2017&# …
February 7, 2024 Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
At least Iñárritu’s still on brand. Like Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), wh …
February 7, 2024 Silence
Another film of Martin Scorsese working out his relationship to his Roman Catholic roots, maybe. Bas …
February 5, 2024 Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
You could never accuse Michael J Fox of being sentimental. In all his non fiction books he’s n …
February 5, 2024 The Assistant
I don’t know how much this movie was overtly intended to be about Harvey Weinstein, but make n …
February 4, 2024 Wonka
There hasn’t been a more perfect example of how some films you see during your childhood have …
February 4, 2024 Silent Night
Years ago when he’d been a hot director for a number of years thanks to movies like Hard Targe …
February 4, 2024 Napoleon
It’s exactly the kind of film we can expect from Ridley Scott at his most bombastic, and with …
January 29, 2024 A Disturbance in the Force
There’s no other way to look at the notorious The Star Wars Holiday Special except with humour …
January 25, 2024 Gas Food Lodging
Ever since seeing her in The Craft, I’ve been a big fan of alt-style beauty and sincere talent …
January 18, 2024 Fast X
Is it me or is this starting to feel the same every time, the same way superhero movies do (but for …
January 16, 2024 The Flash
Possibly an exercise in how tastes change (or maybe the industry), but in 1989 it was Tim BurtonR …
January 15, 2024 Talk To Me
In the universe of the movie, Talk To Me makes perfect sense and works seamlessly. What tripped me u …
December 29, 2023 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
I’m sure I’ve talked about my love of the 1990 live action version of Teenage Mutant Nin …
December 14, 2023 Killers of the Flower Moon
There’s a bit of a ‘if Martin Scorsese made it it must be good regardless of the quality …
December 3, 2023 Barbie
In future ages we’ll remember a strange phenomenon from 2023, when two films that couldn’ …
December 3, 2023 The Creator
When Kevin Smith was at his most visible in the industry, he used his film Red State to rail against …
December 3, 2023 Theaters of War
I was interested in this topic because, not long before, I’d had an article published in the p …
September 18, 2023 Oppenheimer
I was reminded too much of House of Cards while I watched this movie, and not in a good way. Because …
September 18, 2023 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
I was surprised to learn a few weeks after this movie came out that it, like Indiana Jones and the D …
September 5, 2023 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
After looking so old, tired and disinterested in being there during Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of …
September 5, 2023 Thirteen Lives
I followed the overview of the trapped soccer team in the flooded cave in Thailand as it happened li …
September 5, 2023 Catherine Called Birdy
Even though it’s attributable more to the novel it’s based on, this movie scores points …
August 30, 2023 Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
What do you do when you have a spare $200m and Hasbro says they’ll market the sh#t out of a ne …
August 30, 2023 Slumber Party Massacre
There’s a small behind the scenes detail about this movie that’s hard to ignore. Feminis …
August 30, 2023 The Celluloid Bordello
It’s a very worthy conversation to have but one that could only come out of the post MeToo mov …
August 23, 2023 Skyfire
The very model of a Chinese effort to emulate the glitz and success it covets jealously about Hollyw …
August 23, 2023 Red Rocket
It was more a case of knowing I should watch this film more so than really wanting to. I saw the art …
August 23, 2023 The Thing From Another World
It had never occurred to me to watch the movie John Carpenter’s immortal 1982 sci-fi horror Th …
August 20, 2023 Monstrous
I wanted to see this movie because I’m always interested in how movies treat pop culture mytho …
August 20, 2023 Venus: Let’s Talk About Sex
There was no chance I wouldn’t watch this documentary, being as it was about young women talki …
August 20, 2023 Modern Times
One of Chaplin’s classics and his ostensible comment on the grinding conformity and lack of hu …
August 14, 2023 Clerks III
I’m not sure if Kevin Smith’s movies have devolved in quality or if it’s just the …
August 14, 2023 X
A fantasy movie swept the Oscars when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King got every award there wa …
August 14, 2023 Lady Chatterly’s Lover
I love the story of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. After reading the book years ago, seeing director …
August 13, 2023 Money Shot: The Pornhub Story
You’d think a documentary about PornHub was destined to be one of two things; a fawning PR tra …
August 13, 2023 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
This is one I’ve always been aware of but not terribly interested in seeing until Tarantino ta …
August 13, 2023 Heaven’s Gate
There was only one reason for me to watch this film – especially because I don’t like Wester …
August 7, 2023 Licorice Pizza
Despite his prestige as a director, Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies are an acquired taste, as th …
August 7, 2023 The Whale
Back in the mid 1990s there was a movie called Heavy, starring Pruitt Taylor Vince as an overweight …
August 7, 2023 Thirst
This film is from a particular period when the Ozploitation movement was winding down/gearing up. Yo …
August 6, 2023 All Quiet on the Western Front
I’m a bit embarrassed to say I had no idea this was a novel back in the interwar years, and th …
August 6, 2023 Belushi
I was never the biggest John Belushi fan – he was a little bit before my time, and I didn’t …
August 6, 2023 Shoplifters
The theme, after it’s all over, is what constitutes family when survival is the order of the d …
July 12, 2023 Blonde
This film reminded me a lot of Get On Up, the movie about James Brown’s life starring Chadwick …
July 12, 2023 The Vast of Night
Comparisons to Donnie Darko are probably pretty inevitable, but they’re completely warranted a …
July 12, 2023 Another Wolfcop
The plot is a cast off from a hundred other conspiracy thrillers. The local big business enterpreneu …
July 7, 2023 Troll
Now this is what you do with Roar Uthaug. After he makes one of the best Hollywood disaster movies i …
July 5, 2023 Prophecy
I remember seeing the cover of the VHS of this movie in video stores plenty of times as a kid, but b …
July 5, 2023 The One I Love
After being interested in the premise I added this film to my list and had forgotten that premise co …
July 5, 2023 Pig
Now the Cage-aissance is complete and Nicolas Cage is accepted as a talented star again after a few …
June 22, 2023 Happy Go Lucky
Mike Leigh must have had a lollipop or a red cordial and seen Sally Hawkins in a ALDI catalogue or s …
June 22, 2023 House Of Gucci
Every now and then Ridley Scott does this – leaving sci-fi or action to do a straight-down-the-lin …
June 22, 2023 The Secrets
I’ve talked before about my love of gay female drama because they usually deal with someone wh …
June 22, 2023 Vivarium
If you don’t catch the reference from the opening scene, you’ll feel like an idiot if yo …
June 22, 2023 Entergalactic
Sometimes cinema is about stories, and sometimes it’s about the form. Usually I’m much m …
June 22, 2023 The Banshees of Inisherin
I watched this film with something of a sense of duty because of all the awards plaudits, but I̵ …
June 22, 2023 Titane
Very, very nouveau Francais stuff. As in, full of nudity, fairly sexual in nature and pretty nonsens …
June 22, 2023 It’s Quieter in the Twilight
For anyone who thinks publicly funded space exploration looks the way it did when the Saturn V took …
June 22, 2023 Last Night in Soho
The pre-release hype and the media narrative about this movie was all about what a loving throwback …
June 22, 2023 The Stepfather
I’ve been watching the reboot series of The Twilight Zone they did in the late 80s for the pas …
June 22, 2023 Beat Street
I was very surprised recently to learn that I’d never reviewed one of the most pivotal movies …
June 22, 2023 Chappaquiddick
I was vageuly aware of this story, just one in dozens of tales of tragedy in the Kennedy clan, but d …
June 6, 2023 The Father
This film quite rightly won plaudits for putting you as an audience member right inside the experien …
June 6, 2023 The Super Mario Bros Movie
Pixar changed family entertainment back in its heyday, and while the studio was never the one to lea …

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