G has written 98 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★½

    That initial sighting rooftop to rooftop is the stuff of nightmares. Feels like somebody woke up and feverishly wrote that down. Maybe that’s how we got here. If this was 85 they might have pushed it out a bit more with the gore. But I understand its purpose. It’s a middle class home invasion sleeper like Poltergeist. Wide audience needs that festive message.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★

    Christmas Day TV viewing. I’ve seen this twice now. Actually doesn’t do a bad job of setting things up, but It’s juggling act falls at precisely the same place everytime I’ve watched it. Just after the theme park centre is overrun. It loses all momentum and I suffer from amnesia.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★½

    Never big fan of post Brian Eno Talking Heads. Which there’s a lot of it here. They mollowed out and lost the danger. But this won me over from David’s 808 Psycho Killer.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    Still think it’s biggest crime is just having Flashlight by Parliament just in the closing credits and not the backing to them cruising passed some mad fucking neon supernova.

  • Zardoz

    Zardoz

    ★★★½

    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. No other piece of music can convey the inevitable end.

    One of my Dad’s cousins was an extra in ZARDOZ. They filmed around the foothills of Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. Never found out if he was one of Connery’s exterminators or a brutal.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    It’s about loss and when to run. Thats Empire Strikes Back enough for me.

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    SNOWED IN’ FILM No.2 

    My favourite past time is watching the opening of this film with people who’ve never seen it before...

  • Mars Attacks!

    Mars Attacks!

    ★★★

    Imagine somebody took a bunch of mad schlock trading cards and constructed a film out of them? It’s a beautiful visual example of the replication of a comic book aesthetic,  without the nitpicking interference of the point dexters of today’s internet. Like the cards it’s fuelled by comic books nerds revenge against the world. It could still do with bit more college jock torture. 

    Some of the humour hasn’t held up as well as the last time I watched it…

  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★★

    Swan song to growing up in the cinema. Dante is the greatest.

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    ★★★★

    Space race as art house. The maiden rocket launch is a visual labour of love by a art department who’ve poured over NASA Saturn V stock footage. All cascading LOX ice and fuel lines being severed and falling away to the side. That attention to detail. Possibly the greatest alt earth visual aesthetic. Japan’s love affair with the shinden design in flight sequences. That title theme. Ryuichi Sakamoto music is the air, with themes reminiscent of Philip Glass’ Qasti work. …

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★½

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

    Fujimoto’s DP work is perfection. That stillness in the National Chicago Art Gallery.

    Ferris is still kind of a dick who ruins his friend’s life.

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★

    The tension that is built by the sound of something ominous and mechanical, eerily echoing around that bombed out town. He still has it in him.

    The Tiger Tank is the Shark. 

    Edith Piaf is the Indianapolis.