• Saboteur

    Saboteur

    ★½

    Ugh, I did not like that at all.

    My second attempt watching it since the first time I got about two minutes in before realising I was not in the right headspace at all. And now that I've watched the whole thing through, I prolly should have trusted that initial instinct.

    It started out so promisingly and then descended into such nauseating jingoism and saccharine idiocy about "decent common" Murrican folks that I started to wonder if the whole thing…

  • Back Stage

    Back Stage

    ★★★★

    I just want a whole hour and a half of Keaton in a short slinky dress with a wig of long flowing tresses -- dancing, flirting, lounging, and the odd bout of acrobatics. I don't ask for much, really.

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★★

    Imelda: That's for murdering the love of my life!
    Hector: I'm the love of your life?
    Imelda: I don't know, I'm still mad at you.

    I will never not cry at this movie.

    My god, the beauty of those backdrops. I'd love to watch a whole film set just at the tram interchange, it's so freaking beautiful.

  • Wish Dragon

    Wish Dragon

    ★★★★★

    I've been wanting over the last couple of days to revisit this just to check it was as good as I found it the first time.

    And yep, it is.

    I think I love Long.

  • Fatherhood

    Fatherhood

    ★★★★

    Beautifully done.

    I particularly loved how the new relationship was handled. DeWanda Wise is such an incredible combination of badass and beauty.

    Also super interesting to see the conscious effort to showcase Kevin Hart's evolving perspective on gender expression, even if it is through a fictional character. Some good PR shit right there.

    The interplay between Alfre Woodward and Kevin had me enthralled every moment. How he responded to her intensity, how they brought the realness to the nth. And…

  • Hunky Dory

    Hunky Dory

    ★★

    I always say the only good thing to come out of the Seventies was the music. And the start of intersectional feminism.

    That was very hard to watch at the start with the rampant bigotry on all fronts. I was not prepared for that at all since I hadn't even looked up the premise. But the final act totally made up for it. I prolly wouldn't have minded if the whole movie was the actual school production.

    Not nearly enough George MacKay, though.

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★★

    So last week a friend asked the question I've been waiting a couple of months for someone to ask: What's your favourite Keaton film?

    I cackled, rubbed my hands, tweeted my glee. And then went into a tailspin of confusion.

    For a whole week, I've agonised cos:

    a) there are so many;
    b) my fave Keatons aren't necessarily the ones I'd want people new to him to watch first for print quality and race issues (yes I'm thinking of The…

  • The Goat

    The Goat

    ★★★★★

    So last week a friend asked the question I've been waiting a couple of months for someone to ask: What's your favourite Keaton film?

    I cackled, rubbed my hands, tweeted my glee. And then went into a tailspin of confusion.

    For a whole week, I've agonised cos:

    a) there are so many;
    b) my fave Keatons aren't necessarily the ones I'd want people new to him to watch first for print quality and race issues (yes I'm thinking of The…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    Lovely.

    I didn't connect with it as deeply as I expected but totally teared up at the big gesture in the end.

    Ahh, to travel. Fucken pandemic has got even a recluse like me yearning to travel off this island.

    God, it's so nice to not see Lasseter's name in the credits.

  • 5 Weddings

    5 Weddings

    God, that was atrocious. Well-meaning but awful on every level. Literally Rajkummar was the only good thing in that film. One star for him. What the hell was he doing in it?

    And my god, Nargis Fakhri's mouth annoyed me. Not to mention her hideous acting. And did she ever tell her mum about the dad?! Oh my god.

  • Stree

    Stree

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Adorable and hilarious but that last act was way too overstuffed and then a totally unnecessary twist in the ending. But the final scene was pretty poignant and creepy, too.

    The production values and lighting were utterly fabulous, such a fabulous use of location. And I got ridiculously overexcited at the revelation that Chanderi is built on the ruins of Harappa which I have never forgotten from my history lessons was the oldest civilised settlement discovered in India. And only…

  • Bareilly Ki Barfi

    Bareilly Ki Barfi

    ★★

    Hated the plot, couldn't care less about the love story or the lead guy.

    But maaaan, Kriti Sanon is so beautiful and so full of personality onscreen. I hope she goes places, that girl.

    Rajkummar Rao totally stole the whole movie for me and I have a feeling that isn't the first time he's done it. God, that boy can act, how he turns on a dime from meek to arrogant to adorable. And he has the loveliest mouth.

    Can…