simon taylor

quick reviews of movies, old and new. follows back

Favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Drive
  • The Searchers
  • The Fly

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  • Little Vera

    ★★★

  • How to Play Football

    ★★★★

  • Sleeping Beauty

    ★★★★

  • The Munsters

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    it may be difficult for today's audiences to believe that Dune was considered an unfilmable novel when denis villeneuve makes the first part look so easy for 156 full minutes. this movie was surprisingly straightforward on rewatch as its broad sci fi strokes and retro filmic look became quite apparent. it feels like a blood relative of Star Wars or even 2001: A Space Odyssey mixed with the unmistakable moods and textures of previous villeneuve outings like Blade Runner 2049 and…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    very impressed by this. while many have called Nope a spielberg / shyamalan hybrid, i could not avoid the heavy john ford western vibes; think The Searchers' framing techniques, long static horizon shots, and ironic (yet unsettling) examinations of heroic american aura. unlike that film, however, peele's criticisms of the industry's indifference to its exploitative past and present unfolds as text — violently twisting "taming of the land" western tropes to explore the inherent freakishness of formal spectacle. he combines a hodgepodge of…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "I live, I die, I live again!"
    Beautifully orchestrated and brilliantly composed, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a triumph. The look, the action, the characters, the story, the thematic complexity, everything. This is George Miller's true, unflinching masterpiece.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★

    Bryce Dallas Howard's assistant gets picked up by a pterodactyl, dropped, picked up again, thrown in the water, picked up, dropped, picked up, dropped, picked up, dropped, then gets eaten alive. They took a minute to kill this innocent chick that hasn't done anything just to be like "oooooh scary". Not to mention the film can't pick a tone to work with. JURASSIC WORLD thinks it's a fun summer action blockbuster, but also thinks it's a dark, frightening showcase of nature. This creates a very inconsistent tone, and a tensionless film. Ugh.