• Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

    Excruciatingly awkward and delightfully unpleasant. Not every thread gets fully fleshed out, but what does get given attention is great. I particularly liked the contrast between Danielle’s personal and family lives, and for me the best comedy and drama came out of that. The score, which at times is a few notes away from sounding like it belongs in a horror, is cool as well and contributes to some of the funniest moments in the film. I didn’t quite feel the tension…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    As someone who generally hates Wes Anderson’s more stylised films (Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox) and appreciates his at least slightly more grounded offerings (Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited), I was absolutely shocked to love this one. For the first time I thought the super heightened aesthetic informed the story and didn’t just feel like a choice made to invite screenshotting and best cinematography nominations. Maybe that’s me being harsh on other films of his but this is the first that…

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★

    Feels like Disney’s attempt to make a Pixar film on their own. Looks great and it’s cute but the conclusion rings absolutely hollow.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★

    I just don’t think me and PTA speak the same language. I never come away from his films with anything other than mild confusion. It’s hard not to talk about the age gap but it’s just so oddly handled. The film doesn’t really seem to have anything to say about the relationship, just that it’s kinda cute? I don’t think the film should be criticised for simply depicting such a relationship, but it just doesn’t take anything remotely resembling a…

  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★★½

    Trades the bonkers energy of the first two instalments for more drama with mixed results. Didn’t love the massive stakes of the plot, would have preferred if it had chosen one villain and done something smaller scale with them (preferably Rhys Ifans’ delightful Rasputin). Pacing is a bit ropey due to a half an hour interlude when it becomes a full on war film which seems hell bent on reminding you that 1917 is a much better film, right down…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★½

    Undeniably a film that I have watched.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★½

    It’s not bad? It’s nothing groundbreaking but it sets its targets in the right places and is very entertaining. The storytelling is certainly a little clunky and on the nose at times, but I really can’t get too mad at that given the hugely frustrating context that produced it.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    Fully can’t fathom the hatred for this. I know people are finding the meta-themes quite jarring, but that stuff is kinda limited to the first act and honestly I wouldn’t have minded a little more of it? I’ll admit I missed the old visual style somewhat but the action, although not on par with what came before, really did work for me especially towards the end. I appreciated the relatively small scale stakes as well. Not everything is explained in the clearest way, but I was fully wrapped up in it and I bought every emotional beat and to be honest I kinda loved it.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    Imperfect, but I enjoyed this a lot. It’s fairly clear that Wright doesn’t have as good a handle on horror as he does on action and comedy, but there’s more than enough good stuff here. The jump scares are fairly rubbish, but the foreboding atmosphere and stylish direction combine and jar to greatly unnerving effect. Thematically it works best as a deconstruction of misplaced nostalgia for the 1960s. It’s moderately less good at exploring misogyny and patriarchy, but I can just…

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★½

    The worst thing a spy film can be is confusing. It doesn’t matter how many twists and turns you have, how many double agents and betrayals there are, if it’s too hard to follow them it comes across as incoherent, not clever. This is more than a little guilty of that. It’s all terse conversation and moody colours, seemingly all to try and fool you into believing that there’s something high-brow going on. There isn’t. There’s a fairly simply plot, which I now understand thanks to Wikipedia, given a superficially complex and unnecessarily joyless makeover. Not for me.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★★

    Andrew Garfield you delightful man. I was beginning to think I’d never enjoy a musical again, but this was great. This could easily have disappeared up its own arse as a ‘troubled-genius’ type story, and it does have shades of that, but it worked as a much broader story about responsibility, friendship and maturity. I even liked most of the songs (30/90 and Boho Days are in my head forever now). It’s also a film made by musical theatre nerds about…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★½

    I’m by no means a fan of musicals, but fuck me was this boring. 90% of the songs sounded the same and they all went on for 10 minutes each it was fucking relentless. The sentiment is nice I guess but I just did not get this at all.