• Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    ★★★½

    A decent entry into the Cowboy Bebop series which earns its place among the canon. It highlights some of the show's biggest strengths - great writing, action, characters and animation direction - but also some of its weaknesses. Namely, a pretty forgettable villain and Spike's Invincible Anime Protagonist Syndrome make the stakes feel a bit lower than they should. And while the pacing continues to give scenes time to breathe, at 2 hours things start to drag on a little.…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    A pretty excellent sci-fi adventure by probably one of my favourite directors in recent years. The atmosphere, world building, characters and story all had me entranced for the entirety of the runtime and some really gripping scenes. It seems like there's been lots of struggle to adapt a story like Dune over the years but personally I think this seems to be the most successful attempt. That's really all there is to say, I highly recommend it!

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    Ho, ho, h-OH FUCK

  • Xtro

    Xtro

    Uh... I think I enjoyed this? As much as you can enjoy the story of a horrible father coming back into his little shit son's life and teaching him how to be horrible. Oh and all the incredibly disturbing alien stuff.

  • The Exorcist III

    The Exorcist III

    ★★★★

    Now THIS is an Exorcist sequel. The writer comes back as the director, and he does a darn good job of it. It's got a different tone that is both more funny at times but also way creepier and able to get under your skin. Its plot is related to the first film but still stands as its own supernatural serial killer movie. It even has studio meddling that arguably makes for a more suitable climax!

    But let the man…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★

    No film can live up to the hype of being labelled the scariest movie of all time, especially with many years of hindsight and the change of horror trends. But The Exorcist does hold up for me as a creepy drama with extremely interesting characters. It basically goes about the idea of a loved one being possessed by a demon in the most grounded way possible. I just get sucked into the eerie tone; haunted by the depressing religious idea that people can be corrupted by pure, unmotivated evil.

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty

    ★★★★

    Probably my favourite non-Miyazaki Ghibli film so far, though his credit as a writer is certainly felt in such a bitter-sweet story. Visually it's just a treat, with an amazingly realised world. Never before has a tiny scale world been so brilliantly realised, and the sense of weight from the animation and sound design contribute to that greatly. It really feels like a direct adaptation of a storybook, and it doesn't suffer from being feature length despite its simplistic narrative.…

  • Boy

    Boy

    Probably the most successful of Taika Waititi's boyhood-indie-dramedy formula, and even then it's not really my thing. I think I preferred the more consistently comic tone of Wilderpeople, though I preferred the focus of this simple story. But cascading into a depressing spiral isn't super fun when you already *get it* an hour in. As usual I appreciate his film making, but I much prefer it when he collaborates with others.

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  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

    Jesus Christ I can't believe this movie...

    - Wasn't shit?
    - Was actually good
    - Is best thing to come out of the desperate clusterfuck of DC movies
    - Somehow justifies creating a remake of a film that was critically panned despite being a box office hit
    - Made Harley Quinn more endearing than she is fucking annoying
    - Shows how restricted James Gunn was by Marvel by letting him make an extremely gory and vulgar film
    - Has more…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    A very strange follow-up to Evil Dead that makes the transition from horror-comedy to dark-fantasy-comedy. Bruce Campbell is the highlight of this film as always; Ash is stupider, more selfish, and more adapt at fighting than ever. Though unlike Evil Dead 2's wink-and-a-nod style of comedy, Army of Darkness turns into a straight up cartoon at times, which to me teeters on the line between goofy and cringeworthy. Similarly, the horror elements are extremely scaled back in favour of more…

  • Re-Animator

    Re-Animator

    ★★★½

    Has science gone too far? In the instance of one of this film's "climactic" scenes (you know the one) I would say, yes. But then again, that's kind of the point.