Rory has written 84 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    It’s rare that you get a film that feels genuinely profound while at the same time just being an absolute hoot. Absolutely no subtlety whatsoever. Benedict Cumberbatch fingers a flower like it’s a vagina and then sets it on fire. It fucking rocks. I have stared into the soul of masculinity and I have hooted and I have hollered. Unreal.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I want to write a proper review for this, but my brain isn’t quite capable of summing this all up in a paragraph. Just a magical film. I’d say the sandworms steal the show, but so does Rebecca Ferguson’s Jessica, and so does Jason Momoa’s Duncan Idaho. I’d say the visuals are breathtaking or spectacular but you already knew that going in. Let me just say that Villeneuve and everyone involved have done an unbelievable job of adapting this strange, mysterious story into a blockbuster to blow away the increasingly tedious set of films that have come out lately with that label attached.

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★½

    Why did every single song absolutely rip?

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★½

    Makes a strong case for the argument that dudes do, indeed, rock.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    More like the Sound of Riz Ahmed Winning Every Award Under the Sun.

  • Shithouse

    Shithouse

    ★★★★½

    Finally a film for those of us who spent their entire first year of uni spontaneously bursting into tears in various smoking areas. Lost my cool entirely towards the end. Good film.

  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★★½

    Really gonna struggle to see Anya Taylor-Joy as any other character after that. I love chess, apparently.

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★½

    Takes a long time to become truly frightening but the build up is just as good as the payoff. I genuinely think this is near perfect. I thought I had it figured out from the start, but then it becomes clear what’s actually going on and it’s so much more horrifying than you expect. The final shot that brutally confirms ‘Maud’s’ reality is just horrifying and I absolutely loved it. Morfydd Clark brings to life one of the most memorable…

  • Chunky Shrapnel

    Chunky Shrapnel

    ★★★★½

    Best band of all time and no I will not be accepting questions at this moment.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★★½

    Very much the kind of quirky indie film with an acoustic soundtrack that I almost always fall in love with. The dialogue can be a little unoriginal, especially towards the start, but once the story properly kicks in that issue pretty much goes away and you’re just swallowed up by the warmth of the whole thing. I really don’t recall the last time I rooted for characters to be happy quite this much.

  • A Royal Affair

    A Royal Affair

    ★★★★½

    As a history student, I’ve never been that interested in the 18th century in general, especially all the high court drama of the European nobility. As a film fan, I’ve never really enjoyed extravagant period pieces such as this, and I’d even say it’s a genre I strongly dislike. So...why is this so good??

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    I swear to fucking GOD this better be the first in a whole series of Detective Benoit Blanc movies. You don’t need Bond anymore Daniel! This is amazing!! Also, best final shot of the year?