Sam has written 68 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    ★★★½

    Falling asleep during the literal moon landing…… I felt that.

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    All My Friends Hate Me

    ★★★½

    The best representation of social anxiety I’ve ever seen. Like, scary relatable. All My Friends Hate Me doesn’t always succeed as a stand-alone horror or comedy (especially in the so-so final act), but its razor-sharp blend of everyone’s-out-to-get-me paranoia and existential dread gets under your skin early and often and stays there long after the credits roll. An excellent entry in ‘Hell is Other People’ cinema.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★½

    Eric Andre did it better.

    For real though, fuck Maria. All my homies hate Maria.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★½

    Saw this in cinemas last month and was feeling a light 6, but I’ve since watched Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and rewatched Halloween (2018) and my girl Mindy was SO on the ball with her ‘requel’ hypothesis that I have no choice but to upgrade this to a 7. Also, watching Jenna Ortega act circles around everyone was just as entertaining the second time around – THE gen z scream queen!

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★½

    WHAT THE FUCK

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★½

    As a horror fan, I’m delighted. As an ass man? Outraged.

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★½

    This was cute, but also very representative of what’s been disappointing about Pixar’s recent slate of movies. Luca, Soul, and Toy Story 4 were all excellent – there’s just now this tendency to introduce an ‘obstacle’ in the middle act that re-shapes the rest of the film and stunts much of the thematic development.

    In Luca it was the bike race, in Soul it was the body swap, and in Turning Red it’s the concert tickets. In all three instances,…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★½

    It would be all too easy to be cynical about CODA given how closely it sticks to genre conventions and clichés, but it's so heartfelt and well-meaning that you just can't help but fall in love with it. There's never any doubt about where the story is going, but what better vehicle to introduce audiences to the lived experiences of an underrepresented community than the classic family drama/coming of age?

    Definitive proof that you don't need to rock the boat to make a great movie – just put some deaf people in it!

  • Kimi

    Kimi

    ★★★½

    What if we got egg things from the taco truck and then never went outside again 🙈🥺👉👈

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★½

    *Luisa carrying 6 donkeys on her back*

    My housemate, drunk: That can’t be real.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    Babe wake up, blonde Ben Affleck just dropped.

    Enjoyed this! Very obviously a story about the lies men tell themselves and the world to paper over the horrors they inflict on women, but also a comment on the at once breathless catharsis and depressing inevitability of violence in a society ruled by machismo. Post-duel clarity.

  • The Novice

    The Novice

    ★★★½

    Or you could just like, not? 

    (Underachievers make some noise!)