Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Pinned reviews

More
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★

    The Ben-Hur of superhero movies. You can't polish a turd, but you can forget that turd ever existed and make something entirely new, which is exactly what Zack Snyder was able to do here thanks to years of passionate campaigning from a partly toxic, partly sincere fanbase and whatever your thoughts on the film, that it exists at all is an unexpected miracle, a triumphant middle finger to studio interference and perhaps further proof that digital platforms might well be…

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

    'You have our permission to bugger off!'

    Connery and Caine directed by John Huston in an adventure movie originally intended for Bogart and Gable—God's holy trousers, if that doesn't immediately make you want to watch this I don't know what will.

    The Man Who Would Be King is an old fashioned film adaptation of an old fashioned novel but it's anything but dated, Huston wisely decides to play it as a rollicking tongue in cheek escapist comedy up until the…

Recent reviews

More
  • Good Bye Lenin!

    Good Bye Lenin!

    ★★★½

    A very personal drama masquerading as a comedic political satire, Good Bye Lenin! uses the fall of the Berlin Wall as the backdrop to tell a moving tale of one family torn between two opposing ideologies and of nostalgia for a way of life now confined only within recent memory.

    Writer-director Wolfgang Becker hasn't done much else of note since, which is a shame because this is such a wonderfully observant, wryly funny film with a lot of heart that…

  • The Prowler

    The Prowler

    ★★★½

    A deliriously bawdy noir thriller with a skin-crawlingly creepy performance from Van Heflin as a beat cop turned obsessive lover, The Prowler is a daring, boundary pushing film written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo and directed by the soon-to-also-be blacklisted Joseph Losey before his permanent exile from Hollywood. Perhaps portraying something considered so institutionally good as a cop as a lecherous sex pervert was considered a bit strong at the time, but such abuses of power and trust have occurred…

Popular reviews

More
  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    The Final Cut. Cinema City, Norwich.

    Tonight my dream came true. Blade Runner on the big screen. Every time I watch it it's a different experience, there's something new that I didn't notice before, details emerge from the rain and smog that weren't apparent before. Hearing the reverberating sound that begins the film, I was immediately immersed in the tech-noir world of Los Angeles, 2019 and this followed by the opening shots of industrial cityscape sent chills down my spine,…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    I have to start by saying what an absolute travesty it is that international audiences (myself included) around the world have been robbed of the opportunity to see this in cinemas due to lack of studio faith. This is an insult to audience intelligence, a massive frustration for serious film enthusiasts and a worrisome prospect for talented filmmakers. Netflix once again becomes a last minute dumping ground for unwanted goods, but luckily this time it isn't down to poor quality.…