Scott has written 183 reviews for films during 2018.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★

    There’s a lot to enjoy and chew over and there’s also longish sections where I could tell everyone involved in making the film was having a great time but I was a little bored. It feels like a greatest hits package in some ways - the single location of Reservoir Dogs, the twisty story of Pulp Fiction, the (insert Jackie Brown ref as I’ve not seen it since I was 14), the intensity of the bierhall scene in Inglorious Basterds…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    This is the example films should follow when it comes to emotional scenes. The whole film builds beautifully to the line "A toast to my big brother George: the richest man in town." The reaction is deserved and wonderful, it’s an affirmation of life and love and value. There is sadness here, but joy too.

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    ★★★½

    The most fantastical thing is thinking that your money will accrue decent interest in a bank account. 

    Watched this a lot, thanks to my daughter, and it’s pretty good fun, if a little long and flabby at times.

  • Tangled

    Tangled

    ★★★★½

    You either love Tangled or Frozen best, it’s never equal. 

    This is a Tangled House.

  • Frozen

    Frozen

    ★★★★

    It’s pretty good and thanks to Hannah, I’ve watched it at least 40 times

  • Mississippi Burning

    Mississippi Burning

    ★★★★★

    It’s a fight between the law (Ward) and justice (Anderson). To clean away the filth, you need to get your hands dirty first. Anderson resists bringing in more volunteers because he knows that 100 people can’t do the work of six determined individuals. 

    The whole cast put in a great deal of work here, from Hackman’s Good Ol’Boy routine, Dafoe’s restrained passion, McDormand’s desire for change and the shit-eating grin of Dourif.

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★½

    It’s the flip-side of Natural Born Killers and I really enjoyed it! It’s a pity that some characters are only on screen for a limited time, but each little section is so meaty and satisfying. James Gandolfini is terrifying and the fight between him and Alabama is genuinely scary and vicious.

  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising

    How to Get Ahead in Advertising

    ★★★★

    Part comedy, part body horror and a huge unsubtle criticism of consumerism, this is a very worthy follow up to Withnail & I. Richard E Grant chews every inch of the scenery and it looks like he’s having a great time while doing it.

  • Bao

    Bao

    ★★

    At some point someone at Pixar said that all films/shorts should manipulate the viewer into getting upset. It actually makes me angry how they don’t earn an emotional reaction by building a relationship within the film but by quickly upsetting the viewer using tropes. It’s cheap and unpleasant. 

    Also the mother eats her son.

  • That Guy Dick Miller

    That Guy Dick Miller

    ★★★★

    Lovely and affectionate look at one of the best character actors about. It also looks into Corman and all his pals and the ripple effects their films caused in the wider industry. Maybe a little repetitive, but the love for Dick shines through.

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★★

    New York is still a raw and wet neon nightmare, divided up amongst criminals with no moral code. Frank White wants to raise the city, make it fresh and new again, but he can only do it the way he best understands, with violence and intimidation. 

    Honestly, this film blew my hair back. It’s vicious, quiet and above all, unexpected. Long takes, little dialogue and a plan that nearly comes together. Great performances all round, but it’s a career high for Big Walken.

  • Phantasm: Ravager

    Phantasm: Ravager

    ★★★

    A pretty good fun fan movie, but really only for folk with an affection for the series. 

    Reggie is still the horniest dog in horror.