Sam has written 82 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Better Watch Out

    Better Watch Out

    ★★★

    Incels do the darndest things.

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★

    ‘Are you abortion-minded?’

    Might be the most bone-chilling line delivery of the year. Seriously, is there anything more frightening than a god-fearing, salt of the earth American? Doubtful.

    To conclude: yes I support pro-lifers’ rights... pro-lifers’ rights to shut the fuck up!

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a film that so perfectly captures the feeling of being alone at Christmas. The untouched snow, the howling winds, the murderous psychopath camping out in the attic – it’s all here.

    Hard to believe a film with such a callous disregard for its characters’ lives came from Canada. Even harder to believe is just how brilliant it is. Definitely putting it on next year and telling my parents it’s a Wonderful Life.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Nonsensical plot aside, red-white-and-blue barbie flying across Egypt on a ballistic missile to swoop down and rescue Arab kids just... doesn’t sit right with me. 

    Same energy as Lindsay Lohan trying to ‘rescue’ those homeless kids from their parents in Russia (still shook).

  • Antichrist

    Antichrist

    'I really wanted something fun, something for the summertime. Something for the girls to get ready and party to.' – Lars Von Trier

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★

    I did the same thing once.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into this. Paddington 2 has an almost mythic level of hype surrounding it, and I’ve seen what happens when Sally Hawkins gets left alone in a room with an anthropomorphic CGI creature.

    Fortunately, the film is just as wonderful as everyone says, and (spoiler alert) Sally does not fuck the bear. What more could you want?

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    Probably Pixar’s most adult film to date, thanks to a heady dose of existential angst and philosophical ennui. It’s Disney does Don Hertzfeldt, and I’d sooner watch a hundred more like it than another Cars sequel or Finding... Marlin?

    Groaned slightly at the body swap aspect, which feels like it’s been run into the ground at this point, but the final stretch more than makes up for it. Joe remembering scenes from his life at the piano is up there…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★½

    Paddington’s living rent-free in a Primrose Hill townhouse and I’m supposed to stan? Fuck this.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Alma and Reynolds are two of the most endlessly compelling film characters of the 21st century, and their demented relationship is one for the books.

    Watching them together is like watching a cloak-and-dagger game of chess – you’re never quite sure who has the upper hand, or what it is they even want from each other. Masterpiece.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★

    My absolute worst nightmare is waking up one day in a world where everyone acts like they’re in a stage play. I’d literally self-combust at the first hint of a dramatic monologue (of which there are one too many in this film).

    That being said, the star power of Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman is undeniable, and I’d watch them duke it out in just about anything.

  • Come Play

    Come Play

    ★★

    The Babadook, but the kid’s autistic for some reason. Did Sia direct this?