• Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    ★★★

    Can't hate this. The goofiest and campest of all the Indiana Jones films that undeniably has the franchise's lowest lows, but generally it is a success as a fun blockbuster adventure. It's a shame Harrison Ford is on autopilot and uncanny CGI ruins otherwise exciting action sequences, but despite the gap between titles I think there's enough good 'ol adventure spirit to make this a fun experience. There's lots of fun ideas and by the final act when you've got…

  • Munich

    Munich

    ★★★½

    Spielberg's '00s output might not all be among my favourites of his, but it's hard not to appreciate his vast range over the course of just a few years. Munich is one of his most mature films and one that feels uncharacteristically Spielbergian, in a refreshing way.

    That's not to say that Spielberg's ever-strong direction can't be felt, because he's on fire here. Nothing to really decry about this film's production values, you don't often get to see such a…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    This took so long to come out in the UK man wtf. I avoided all spoilers, even though the immense positive buzz was unavoidable so I tried to go in with regular expectations and... it was excellent! Very chaotic, like a mix of The Matrix and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's heightened reality. But it's the balance of absurd comedy, great fight choreography and a real earnest heart that shines brightest despite all the silliness that makes this such a…

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★

    First time I saw this film was when I was primary school aged over a friends house for a sleepover, and that's the sort of age where the movies we'd usually watch were Pixar, Shrek or whatever. Watching this back then was harrowing (pretty sure I watched most of it with my hands over my eyes lol), and a lot of that feeling of surreal terror still pulls through today.

    Mixes dark, tense PG-13 horror with some disaster movie spectacle.…

  • The Terminal

    The Terminal

    ★★

    Steven Spielberg provides toothless commentary on post-9/11 airport security measures via this sickly sweet dramedy (which has an puzzling detour into romance, until it drops that plotline!). What does this movie say about the measures introduced that provide a loophole in which Tom Hanks has to live in an airport for a while? Well it's all just a bit silly! Listen to his funny accent as he tries to order fast food 😂😂😂

    It's filled with really tame, dry comedy,…

  • Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can

    ★★★★

    Catch me if You Can is just one of those undeniably 'great' movies y'know? I don't think it's exceptional, nothing in it really blows me away, but I'm glued to the screen and invested front to back.

    It's the ideal mixture of being comedic & heartfelt, has great characters with well thought out dynamics and a triple threat set of performances from Leo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken in the biggest roles. Lots of fun editing tricks and I thought…

  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★½

    The first half of Minority Report is excellent. A cool, thought provoking premise and a rich futuristic world is crafted up. Its central idea of arresting people for "pre-crimes" is interesting and they occasionally take this idea into moral questioning which makes for some good thematic depth. However come the close it pulls twist after twist that instead reduces the film to a slightly convoluted whodunnit with a noir tone.

    Stuff like the targeted ads feel like an astute vision…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    I always liked this movie, but now I have fallen in love with it. Spielberg's most philosophical and contemplative film, a return to sci-fi with a blockbuster style production value but a far more rich and complex story to tell. I love the eerie vibe, existential conundrums and the underlying terrors of a dystopian far future that are sometimes forefront and sometimes cleverly implied via details not brought to the forefront.

    There's a distinct three acts to this film, the…

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★

    Outstanding first 30 minutes, I think it would maybe be even better if they ditched the initial 'present day' framing device until the ending. I think the shot of hundreds of graves would hit harder accompanied with the ending sentimental sting, but maybe it'd be a bit much, since it's already bordering on being overbearing with all the gut punches piling up for the finale.

    A lot of stuff we take for granted like the shaky handheld camera movement, the…

  • Earth Girls Are Easy

    Earth Girls Are Easy

    ★★★★

    Low on plot, huge on '80s vibes. Earth Girls Are Easy is a musical-comedy that beams with enthusiasm for how ridiculous it is. Immediately opening with silly effects and gaudy costumes, as well as its own cheesy theme song (produced by Nile Rodgers - cool!).

    With such a loud aesthetic, with neon lights and pastel colours, it allows for the light-hearted, loose plotting to coast along. It's got some great staging & choreography for its musical numbers and has some novel…

  • Amistad

    Amistad

    ★★

    Great intro and some other great scenes are stuck in this exhausting white saviour courtroom drama. It's meandering, tonally awkward and the score is sometimes hilariously overbearing. Matthew McConaughey shows up looking ridiculous and feeling way out of place (though funnily enough he was also cast in a very similar role in another similar courtroom drama just the year before Amistad was released).

    I find it interesting that after conquering the world in 1993 with his biggest blockbuster and monetary…

  • Volcano

    Volcano

    ★★★

    Very stupid, but also very fun. This is the kind of energy and tone I want for a silly disaster film. It's filled with clichés but the whole thing is light and kept buoyant with swift pacing and a well struck tone. Lots of laughs, thrills and baffling lines.

    Tommy Lee Jones stars as the chillest dad ever who just wants to stop this damn volcano (even though he needs to have what magma is explained to him). He's a…