Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Empire Strikes Back

Recent activity

  • The Covenant


  • Blue Velvet


  • Hypnotic


  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Recent reviews

  • The Covenant

    The Covenant


    Reasonably good action war-thriller.

    The best thing about this is the lively performance of Jake Gyllenhaal, and the rapport he has with costar Dar Salim. You can buy their unlikely friendship, so that the story makes sense.

    There are some decent tense action scenes but after a bit it keeps going back to similar scenes and does get a bit repetitive after a while.

    Thematically and politically it doesn’t really go anywhere that interesting, and all the characters outside of…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet


    All-time great neo-noir mystery-thriller.

    After watching a fair bit of dross in recent weeks I decided to remind myself why I watch films in the first place by putting on this classic by one of my favourite directors. I have seen this many times, but it has been a while since my last rewatch.

    Despite the occasionally disturbing and violent content, this is arguably one of the most accessible David Lynch movies. It is quite slick and Duwayne Dunham’s editing…

Popular reviews

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick


    First class action sequel.

    The opening credit sequence was s brilliant and nicely harks back to the original. It is not just an exercise in nostalgia, however, and I feel this is a superior movie to the first Top Gun.

    It benefits from having slightly higher stakes than the first film, so once we get to the finale, things are more intense.

    The airborne dogfights were exceptional and the raid and subsequent escape were all absolutely thrilling.

    Tom Cruise is…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige


    Absolutely fantastic Christopher Nolan-directed mystery drama, with a little bit of science fiction chucked in for good measure.

    I felt this almost works better as a rewatch. Although you don’t have the thrill of the big reveals at the end, you watch the film in a different way and I think you share Nolan’s delight in the way it all fits together when you know what is coming.

    I had forgotten how the timeline of the film jumps about so…