John Rutherford

John Rutherford

Grading on a pass/fail system because I can’t be working out if something’s a four star or three and half star film.

Favorite films

  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Silence
  • There Will Be Blood

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  • Gosford Park

  • The Counselor

  • An Angel at My Table

  • Larry Crowne

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  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    Another working in the cinema era film, watching this over and over on its two week run in screen three. 

    The fact that Julian Fellowes turned the bones of this into such a soap opera with Downton Abbey makes me think that Altman was the true author of this wonderfully delicate film. The way the camera glides around, pure Altman. Quite brilliant.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    Actually pretty unwatchable. Cameron Diaz is woefully miscast. Fassbender is a complete cypher, brings nothing to the role. Bardem’s hair alone is enough to write this film off. Brad Pitt is pretty good. But every scene is the same; the Counsellor looking either smug or confused while someone talks about some lofty morality shit, and it is incredibly dull for it.

    Except; the Wireman scene and the bolo scene. This film comes alive when someone is being decapitated by a wire.

    Spells Counsellor wrong as well. Unforgivable.

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    Men only want one thing, to be a teenage boy in 70s LA and try and fuck their Jewish babysitter, and I for one am sick of It.

    There’s two ways my mind goes with this film. Either Alana’s not 25, she’s 18, maybe 19, she’s lying about her age at the beginning, and this film works. Or she’s 25 and this film isn’t good enough to get past the “yeah I know it’s the 70s but that’s weird as…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Men only want one thing, to adopt a dead colleague’s son to help sell gullible small townsfolk on letting them drill for oil, and I for one am sick of it.

    Daniel Plainview is the Joker for people with an MA in comparative literature.