• The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    ★★★★★

    This will be great on tv but very glad I got to see it in the cinema with a decent size audience and great sound.

    Sat absolutely engrossed for the first 80% of it. It’s visually brilliant. The talking heads are everyone still alive who was there. The footage is amazing.

    It’s laugh out loud funny at several points. Feeds my visuals of vintage New York fetish and is as queer as you like.

    Beautiful images and the intro to heroin so many times and Fresh every time.

  • Once More, My Darling

    Once More, My Darling

    ★★★

    Totally nuts and a little hard to get over just how old Montgomery looks but a lot of fun. Blyth is superb, most of the supporting cast are. And if Montgomery occasionally just lets them do their thing rather than lives with them then he as director at least knew what the film needed. Genuinely laugh out loud a few times but a great energy throughout.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    There are a couple of moments where Tony Leung has his face up close crushed against Shang chi’s head and he reacts to something being said. Something he maybe wasn’t in the the room for. Something he maybe didn’t understand the words of. And he tightens his eyes a little bit as if he is considering what was said but has to go his own way.

    I like the marvel films but those moments are better than all the other marvel films.

  • Barbie: Dolphin Magic

    Barbie: Dolphin Magic

    Only just found this. Can’t remember the hundred dates I’ve seen it on to log it properly.

  • Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams

    Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams

    Perfectly enjoyable cinema trip

  • Shopworn

    Shopworn

    ★★★

    Zazu Pitts occasionally catches your eye but otherwise Stanwyck seems to be in a different focus, a different volume, an altogether different business than everyone else here.

    She is unbelievably captivating. When she’s not there the movie isn’t but thankfully that rarely happens

  • He Was Her Man

    He Was Her Man

    ★★★½

    Cagney is a double crossing rat trying to leave the country. Blondel a quietly sad working girl looking to get out by marrying a kind Portuguese fisherman.

    Their old lives and selves pull at them and it’s always a case of just how hurt by it all they will be.

    It’s a fairly standard melodrama most of the way but Cagney’s intro and his scenes with blondel are excellent. She does her top drawer thing, been hurt. Defensive about being…

  • Betty Boop for President

    Betty Boop for President

    Nicely anarchic with a proper satirical tone to it. You can’t really go wrong with these.

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    Smile inducing melange of bikes, boobs, butts, fetishized logos and that weird soft music that only exists in French and Japanese auteurist movies post 1975.

    It's absolutely gorgeous, and gives you the most empty, free vision of Japan I can remember on film.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    I think when this came out we'd not really had many superhero movies, I checked during the train rescue scene and it was concurrent with spider-man 2 and this felt like as big screen Kirby as we'd ever got. I wasn't even reading comics at the time but like everyone I loved it.

    My wife it's fair to say isn't that invested in the idea of big screen Kirby and she'd always found it the most boring pixar.

    I'm kind…

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    First time my daughter saw this she got really scared and it put her off Frozen 1 and all of disney for ages. The second time she saw it halfway through she told my wife to enjoy it but that she'd been mainly watching the floor instead.

    This time (and she chose it) she enjoyed it a lot. It's probably a film thats really good for Kids who have grown up with Frozen since it came out but is still…

  • Little Monsters

    Little Monsters

    ★★★

    Before the zombies and Nyong'o show up its a really obvious but genuinely funny comedy about getting kids to say adult stuff.

    Once the zombies come in it lost me a little bit, the tone and characters dont quite work for the middle third, but it picks up at the end and the trio of adult actors are all pretty entertaining.

    Not in anyway special but if you want a sweary comedy built out of stuff you've seen before while you're marking some maths tests its pretty good.