Alex has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • White Fire

    White Fire

    ★★

    What can you say about a movie in which a chainsaw fight segues seamlessly to a topless woman sunbathing on a powerboat and then a quick pan to the Blue Mosque, all before you hit the 20 minute mark?

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★

    So much for Villeneuve the great stylist, this is workmanlike (though competent) direction married to an entirely preposterous premise. I can see where it wants to borrow from something like Sluzier’s ‘The Vanishing’ but too much plot (helped along by non-stop incompetent police work) buries any interesting psychological elements and we are left with little other than listless though brutal torture scenes. Is it about Abu Ghraib or the CIA torture program? If so, what exactly is it trying to say?

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★

    A totally superfluous exercise in getting the band back together well past its ‘sell by’ date. The oh-so-convenient plot twists really felt contrived to inject some drama into something that was overall pretty lifeless. While I enjoyed seeing poor Robert Forster one last time, it troubles me that we are already into the 'nostalgia for prestige TV from 6 years ago' phase of human affairs.

  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★

    I wonder how the videogame this was probably originally spec'd as would have turned out?

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    ★★

    Would have benefited from much more Angelina Jolie in an eye patch.

  • Street Fighter

    Street Fighter

    ★★

    I like how the ‘Street Fighter’movie contrives to get all the characters into their game outfits/looks by the end, even if by the most circuitous, painful and unbelievable route possible.

    This film is far more fun than it really deserves to be. The plotting and editing are completely bonkers with numerous key scenes apparently missing. The sadly departed Raul Julia is under no illusions what type of movie he's in and brings his camp A-game. Apparently, also knowing exactly what…