John Nugent

Empire magazine journalist person. Huge fan of Powell & Pressburger, Pixar, and Predator.

Favorite films

  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Withnail & I
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Recent activity

  • Minority Report

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

  • Spirited Away


  • Step Brothers


Recent reviews

  • The Killer

    The Killer

    Was not expecting the Fiona Bruce cameo

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    An utterly delightful and surprisingly faithful adaptation. I had never made the connection that both Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson share a love for Russian doll-style story-within-a-story-within-a-story narratives. Made for a perfect marriage of sensibilities.

    It also has a recurring production design joke that made me chuckle very heartily.

Popular reviews

  • My Cousin Rachel

    My Cousin Rachel


    I ain't saying she's a gold digger
    But she ain't messing with no broke 18th-century aristocrat

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting


    The original Trainspotting was an exercise in youthful vibrancy. A sequel set twenty years later loses some of that vibrancy by necessity. This is a Danny Boyle film so obviously it's stylish as fuck, and it is consistently funny (with the original film's sense of crude anarchic realism – it features maybe the most darkly funny suicide attempt ever filmed) but this is fundamentally a sad film, and in essence a two-hour epilogue to the first film. Modern middle-aged male melancholy. It's kind of heartbreaking.