• The Sweet Hereafter

    The Sweet Hereafter


    Difficult and unending, much life grief, but I did want a little more from this to be honest. Very nicely crafted, the icy score and cinematography strike a very consistent tone but I wanted to be let into the characters a little more. We’ve got all these traumas and issues but a lot of it felt shallow and unexplored to me.

    Ian Holm gives one of his finest performances here though, and I think Sarah Polley does the strongest work…

  • It Should Happen to You

    It Should Happen to You


    A cute, fun and relevant comedy about a woman who rents out billboards with her name on them in an effort to become famous, featuring the film debut of the great Jack Lemmon and a 5 star performance from Judy Holliday, once again showcasing her incredible comedic timing. 

    I have some issues with the way the relationship is presented and the film occasionally veers into misogynistic territory but overall I had fun with it and I’ll never get tired of watching Holliday on screen. I’m so sad she doesn’t have a bigger filmography to explore. Lemmon is great here too despite my issues with his character.

  • Saw X

    Saw X


    I call that, epic bad luck”

    This is actually kinda awesome. Just the right mixture of knowingly silly and full blown stupid as hell. 

    We’re entirely in the shoes of John Kramer for this one and they somehow actually pull off getting you to root for him. The setup is probably 20 minutes too long but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some inherent joy of just hanging out with Kramer as a sad old dude tryna get…

  • The Creator

    The Creator


    Even if the narrative and script leaves you cold, I think anyone would be hard pressed walking away from this without thinking Gareth Edwards is simply one of the best there is when it comes to big blockbuster filmmaking on a visual and aesthetic level. The Creator is a living example of why there should be no excuses for how these gigantic $200mil+ movies look like such garbage when Edwards has time and time again done so much more with…

  • Fat City

    Fat City


    John Huston goes new Hollywood, and it’s pretty damn bleak and pretty damn good. I’ve only seen two of his films now but I don’t think either one really represents what he’s best known for, but it’s great to see an old Hollywood master transition so seamlessly into something so modern and gritty. 

    Stacy Keach is great here as a washed up boxer who’s life is circling the drain. It’s a snapshot into the lives of him and a young…

  • Bull Durham

    Bull Durham


    Kinda surprised how much this is regarded as one of the greatest sports films ever, despite enjoying it.

    Very 80’s, extremely horny for some reason and sporadically funny but didn’t find much about the story or characters to be compelling (or maybe I’m just not into baseball).

    Tim Robbins is pretty great and Susan Sarandon is having loads of fun.

  • Slap Shot

    Slap Shot


    Had this bluray sitting on my shelf for years, finally got around to it!

    A total riot, amazing seeing such a vulgar comedy come out of the 70’s, really flipping the sports genre on its head. It’s not perfect but I love how gritty and real it feels despite all the unhinged antics. Very entertaining set of characters.

    Paul Newman rules and he’s clearly having so much fun here, and the ending with Michael Ontkean’s striptease is just perfect.

  • Theater Camp

    Theater Camp


    Me pretending to understand all the theatre references after spending 5 days in New York last week.

    Unsurprisingly loved this. Savage beat down on theatre kids but does so with so much heart and love, had the biggest smile on my face through the entirety of Joan, Still which I’m sure will be hitting Broadway soon enough. 

    Amateur theatre mockumentary is not a new concept but I think I liked this more than Waiting for Guffman. Every character is lovable, hilarious…

  • Scrapper



    Lovely film! Big fan of these British social dramas and this one manages to focus equally on the joy as it does the heartbreak. Young Lola Campbell shines in the lead role and Harris Dickinson is reliably great as a deadbeat dad trying to step up. 

    Two years in a row with someone named Charlotte making a great directorial debut about a father and daughter relationship!

  • Culloden



    Didn’t hit me quite as hard as Punishment Park but it’s still invigorating witnessing Watkins essentially invent a new style of filmmaking before our very eyes. Gets better as it goes along and it’s an incredibly hard hitting retelling of a dark and unnecessary moment in British history.

  • Dave



    Textbook 90’s sentimental comedy, so naturally I loved it. A testament to Kevin Kline’s immense likability as an actor, he’s delightful here, as is Sigourney Weaver.

    Great addition to the Frank Langella playing political scumbags cinematic universe too.

  • Bells Are Ringing

    Bells Are Ringing


    Judy Holliday was simply a comedic genius. The more films I see of hers the more she’s becoming one of my favourites from this era. This was her final picture before she sadly died from cancer, but her star was not even close to dulling had she lived on to be in more films.

    This an infectiously sweet delight. It is a little bloated, as I often find with Minnelli’s films, and some of the extraneous plot threads are nowhere…