• The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★½

    Sally Jane Bruce gets a hard time from people used to the slick emoting of millenial stage kids.

    I think that her weird line readings and (plain bad acting) add to the oddness of this story.

    As a film from the golden age this has aged very well. In terms of the religious critique and adult-child relations, Laughton and Grubb's novel skewers the hypocrisy that existed in society and both Bruce and Chapin are more interesting than the pieces of code standing in for human beings as Wanda's kids in Doctor Strange.

  • Dr. Strange

    Dr. Strange

    ★★★

    Hermetic magic without Chinese slave labour.
    I prefer this Strange to Cumberbatch.

  • Gregory's Girl

    Gregory's Girl

    ★★★½

    'In another million years there'll be no men, no women, they'll just be people'.

    'No more men or women?'.

    'Just a whole world full of wankers!'.

    The entire gender debate reduced to it's basest elements.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    With his love of De Palma and interest in getting involved with the franchise, this could be viewed as a glimpse of what Tarantino would have done with the genre.

  • Bait

    Bait

    ★★

    What is the point of degrading the film?
    It's obvious when events are occurring due to fashion, architecture and character's behaviour.

    So what is the point?

    What is the Woodvine connection to Mark Jenkin?

    Isaac Woodvine (presumably Mary's son) is in this and the whole family are in Enys...

    I wondered about that whilst this bored me and made me sad that people don't realise there is an entire lifetime of content that the Beeb deleted which is essentially the…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

    Was this directed by a Raimi AI?

    It had glimpses of his toolbox but the bulk of the two hours was filled with the usual homogenous action powered by a million CPU's.

    Has CG/Previs reached a plateau?

    There seems to be a barely discernible conceptual improvement over the last ten years.

    What exactly is going on?

  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

    ★★★

    Diogenes. There is no such things as Diocles.

    Robert Stephens was well known for his drinking in London theatrical circles. Casting him would have been a big risk and his suicide attempt would only have confirmed the studio's suspicions. QT attempts to use this as some sort of 'inside baseball' insight. He does this a lot and the bulk of the audience don't know Robert Redford from Robert Stephens but it remains an irritating quirk that goes unchecked.

    It's quite…

  • Commando Leopard

    Commando Leopard

    ★½

    Lewis Collins was, for 5 minutes, the biggest thing to come out of the UK in the seventies. His principal talent was playing soldier (like that kid in the playground who takes it way more seriously than any other kid).

    It is unsurprising,but undeniably odd, that when capitalising on his television success he opted for projects which allowed him to demonstrate his superman prowess. Dropping and rolling, firing guns and being the best goddamn team leader he can possibly be.…

  • Demonoid: Messenger of Death

    Demonoid: Messenger of Death

    ★★

    Samantha Eggar is better than she is in The Exterminator but, despite what Roger and QT say, she doesn't elevate or save this silly nonsense.

    Nowhere near as funny as a film about a killer hand should be.

  • I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.

    I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.

    ★★½

    Body snatchers b-movie in student film cosplay.
    Faithful, to a fault, with the fifties pastiche homage.

    I saw the original version on the Nightflight app. There is a lot of chat about how the new edit is too short but this version is way too long.

    So there we go...

  • Cocaine Cowboys

    Cocaine Cowboys

    ★★★

    Really feels like hanging out in Montauk with Warhol and some of his coterie of dodgy friends.

    It's an unpopular opinion but Sullivan has a quiet power essentially playing himself.

    It's like Blow was directed by Johnny Depp and he just had to have his band in the movie.

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★

    Is Rian Johnson the Edward Norton character?

    A successful person gathers some friends for an indulgent project on a paradise island?

    All of the people are amplified and financially improved through their association with the Johnson character.

    Or maybe Kate Hudson is Bron. Her net worth outstrips them all.