• Martin Eden

    Martin Eden

    ★★★★★

    Awe-inspiring - a battle between a writer's desire to remain true to his socialist upbringing or embrace the fairytale love of a bourgeois girl is caught in this 129 minute long epic that has shades of both the grounded melodrama of Rocco and His Brothers and the more lavish Visconti drama The Leopard mixed into an interwoven narrative that puts personal belief at the heart of everything a character does. Pietro Marcello's direction feels like a film made in the…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    Check out my review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/12/movies-power-of-dog-review.html

    A fascinatingly subtle exploration of masculinity and repression in the age of the western - Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog is at once visually stunning and beautifully scored - Jonny Greenwood makes everything musical-related near perfect - but then what can be said about him that hasn't already been?

    Ari Wegner is rapidly becoming one of the most talented DOPs around - Lady Macbeth, Zola and In Fabric are works of art…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★

    Check out my review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/12/movies-house-of-gucci-review.html

    Jared Leto awful, Lady Gaga amazing, absolutely too self-serious and far, far too long, nowhere near camp enough to earn that length and a bit too procedural-y. One of Ridley Scott's most risk-averse movies, but to be honest I'm just here for the press tour - he can make as many movies as he wants as long as he keeps chatting shit each week.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ½

    Check out my review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/11/movies-ghostbusters-afterlife-review.html

    Did not care for Ghostbusters Afterlife in the slightest - a soulless nostalgia bait-driven cash grab at best, downright offensive and disrespectful at worst - that has one of the weakest final acts in a movie of that scale. Easily one of the most underwhelming movies of the year - certainly in the bottom five. We have another Rise of Skywalker level disaster on our hands here - didn't even bother to stay for…

  • Hawkeye

    Hawkeye

    ★★½

    #PayDavidAja, Marvel

    I think this is me checking out of Marvel now after the thoroughly disappointing collective whole of Phase 4 in which only Shang-Chi comes out innocent at best - I might turn up for the movies but that's about it.

    Endgame was such a natural conclusion and they just kept going? The TV series just feel so much like an exercise in blandness and the need to put out content - because that's all these things are -…

  • Arsène Wenger: Invincible

    Arsène Wenger: Invincible

    ★★★★★

    Check out my review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/11/movies-arsene-wenger-invincible-review.html

    Arsene Wenger: Invincible is a fascinating, bittersweet recollection of that season and the final Emirates years that were deeply heartbreaking - even moreso when you consider the turbulent times that have followed. More emotional than the autobiography as Wenger's greatest weakness has always been the need to do everything himself - so when others are involved they can get the best out of him - with a pretty good score to boot (Honestly worth…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Drive My Car is my new favourite movie of the year. Just utterly perfect and worth every second of its three hour runtime. Ryusuke Hamaguchi is unparalleled - after this and Asako I & II I’ll watch him do just about anything. It says something about how much movies don’t need to be defined by a single runtime in that my favourite movies of the year are 179 and 72 minutes long respectively - there’s never been two clearer examples than this/Petite Maman that having a fixed length for movies is bad.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    Check out my review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/11/movies-king-richard-review.html

    King Richard has an ending that’s reminiscent of last year’s Trial of the Chicago 7 - but it’s a strong feelgood sports movie that’s ultimately hard to hate, easy to like. As great as Smith is, Aunjanue Ellis should be getting more praise for her performance here, and aside from its ending it mostly gets stronger and stronger towards the second half. Smith pulls the whole thing together and elevates everyone around him, in arguably one of the year's best performances.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★★

    Check out my full review here: www.spoilertv.com/2021/11/movies-tick-tick-boom-review.html

    Between this and Under the Silver Lake I love that Andrew Garfield has essentially spent all of his post Spider-Man career poking fun at his stint on the franchise and how that ended - and corporate cinema as a whole that lacks anything to say - and I'm here for it.

    There's a few behind the scenes camera choices that don't quite work but given this is technically a first feature (Hamilton isn't…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    The best Marvel live action movie, and arguably one of the top 3 greatest live action superhero movies ever (the other two: Batman Returns and Superman) - Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 just gets Peter Parker - and through Tobey Maguire, we get the best interpretation of the character that no Spider-Man film has quite captured since.

    The train set-piece is worth the full five stars in its own right, but the rest of the film being as incredibly good as…

  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★½

    Overcame the slowest of slow starts, and a lengthy monologue-fuelled series of sequences that it could have done without - or at least reduced - to become a decent effort that's ultimately a well-executed familiar tale to the genre, with the shadows of Stephen King leaning heavily over everything here, you'll have seen it all before but few times as well practiced.

    Not quite sure it has the same impact as both Haunting series, or Doctor Sleep for that matter…

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★★

    There has been plenty live action Spider-Man - and Marvel - films since the original Sam Raimi feature, but only one has surpassed it - and Raimi directed that one too. For a first watch in at least 10 years this holds up mostly well, the characters are all introduced in an instantly iconic way and the film is distinctively visible - a rare change from the murkier, poorly lit superhero movies of the late 2010s. Practical effects wizardry mixed…