• L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★½

    No clue why Kim Basinger won Best Actress for her role, even though I definitely liked her in this, nothing shone. 

    But I really really enjoyed this, much more than I had anticipated. Love the noir-feel and although there’s no subversion of the genre, it’s perfectly paced and contains some great performances.

    Really easy and thrilling to watch with twists that are unexpected but never unnecessary.

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★

    Great visual effects, an incredible performance by a dog and some real fun to be had, this is a great instalment in the YA-dystopian genre.  

    Nothing special here, still fairly formulaic but it had some nice twists and a consistent comedic tone. Pretty hard to dislike this in any way, very safe and competently made!

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★

    Genuinely better than I expected, James Mcavoy and Anya Taylor Joy are both brilliant and really elevate the entire movie. I was scared and enthralled at points and found it to be fairly unique.

    But god was the ending horrendous, and it felt insanely weird that Casey’s entire traumatic backstory felt written in as just an excuse for her to survive in the end. Almost glossed over in a way? And Kevin’s abusing childhood too. They just didn’t sit right…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★

    This is obviously a terrific film, very entertaining and a groundbreaking predecessor to the modern action/adventure flick. I mean it’s Hitchcock after all, he is masterful at creating tension, suspense and thrills. 

    And in North by Northwest he has also given himself a break from the heavier psychological themes in some of his other work, to really flex his comedic chops. Cary Grant is of course the perfect lead actor to do so. James Bond before that was a thing, he…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The dachshund in this movie has to be the cutest dog I have ever seen in my entire life. The most adorable little creature with those big shiny eyes.

    So you can imagine how insanely angry I was when this poor pup was brutally murdered!!??What the hell, just punch and kick Jesse Eisenberg some more, why hurt this little angel.

    Besides that, this movie was not at all what I was expecting and had an incredibly interesting and fresh tone…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Every single actor gives a performance like it’s their last day on earth, there just so much feeling involved in all the minuscule details.

    Chiron being such a silent character really allows for this film to do what it does best: sensory filmmaking. There are so many other ways of expression that don’t include your words. Not to say that the dialogue is lacking in any way (all of Mahershala Ali’s scenes and the diner scenes prove that).

    But when…

  • Save Ralph

    Save Ralph

    Should be mandatory viewing before any purchase of cosmetic products.

  • Thin Watermelon

    Thin Watermelon

    You know what the Thin Watermelon really is?

    The name I gave to Nathan Fielder’s blank stare.

  • Isle of Flowers

    Isle of Flowers

    Starts off with dry humour, bizarre visuals and a surrealist vibe, then quickly gets to the point. And boy does the realisation hit you like a gut-punch when everything ties together. Pigs, tomatoes, opposing thumbs and developed brains. 

    Incredibly unique and something you can’t miss.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★½

    Pretty much a perfect movie, and an incredibly influential and memorable one at that.

    The only thing that lets it down a bit on a rewatch is the animation itself (the humans and the dog), perhaps one unnecessary Randy Newman song and Woody being just a smidge too much of a jerk at first.

    Everything else has aged exceptionally well, not just as a film, but as a piece of nostalgia for practically every child out there. Short, sweet and spectacular.

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★½

    “ I don't shut up. I grow up. And when I look at you, I throw up”

    God this was so unexpectedly heartfelt and gave me a painful rush of nostalgia. I have no emotional ties to the 50s or 80. But watching this made me feel like I fell asleep under a tree during a sweltering summer and was thrown back to my childhood.

    River Phoenix was a shining star, and everything in this felt so raw and vulnerable…

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★

    Watch this for a young, hilarious Jack Black and a bunch of other recognisable faces (John Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta Jones). 

    Watch this for the genuinely effective and engaging fourth-wall breaks, as well as the effortlessly interesting atmosphere of a record store.

    Everything else? The main character is extremely annoying, especially when he whines about women (which is all the time). Yet that would have been bearable, if there was something else to the plot. But, perhaps…