G has written 60 reviews for films during 2018.

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★½

    The fetish of screen printing presses, paint and  a Fairlight CMI drum machine on attack.

  • Starman

    Starman

    ★★★½

    As kid this was a late night movie. All I can ever remember of this film was Jeff Bridges unforgettable performance as new born awkward adult and the big love that envelopes when they ditch the mustang, start moving from prefab houses on trucks, pick ups to railway carriages. The finally we are engulfed in that soundtrack. What beautifully shot film. This is Carpenter’s road movie. His John Ford moment. Those Monument Valley vistas in winter, dear god.

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★★½

    Really enjoyed this. I can see the writer is steering this ship. She is the core of this secret world. Visually apes the look of the first film not in a forced manner. Same goes for the soundtrack. 
    The moral compass (Blunt) has been removed, making rest the characters more monstrous in their choices.. possibly the child is now in that role as a quiet observer. 

    Didn’t watch the original again before hand because of the difficult comparison problems. Keen to go back and watch it again.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★

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

    Impenetrable, brown and middle class. Bloody hell, I found this hard to warm up on a cheap cinema night. When it started to be effective it was too late... and then indie whimsy at the end. There’s that unmistakable Krzysztof Penderecki Shinning bass drone sound again... and then again with some orange modular furniture.

  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★½

    Still looks beautifully framed in its endless violence. Need to dig out Okamoto’s KILL!

  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★★★★

    beautiful pristine super wide cinema photography.... then some slow-mo.

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    ★★★★½

    There was a moment halfway through this I found myself going. ‘Please, Terry don’t tear this down. Need these people to be OK’ ...From the beginning with BRAZIL, I’ve been like this.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

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

    Always had my doubts about this one, more than Rogue One. Zapata Western! It’s all there.. It’s Giu La Testa! Outlaws lifting gold in the middle of the chaos of a revolution and civil war. The village ravaged by bandits.

    Opening on Corellia took me straight back to shipyard clutter of Dark Empire in the 90s. Car chase was so powerslide F-Zero! The EU references worked better in this. Off hand conversations about Woody Harrelson pushing a background Mos Espa…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★½

    Kept thinking about Mario Puzo name doing the flyby at the start of this film. Even though his treatment was changed dramatically. It takes it’s time like Godfather Pt.2.. Brando has the first lines. Feels like a American epic with its Norman Rockwell Smallville which is definitive for me.

  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★½

    Melville-Lite. You have to remember what a rare creature a international espionage thriller production was in 1998. I remember showing my Dad this movie and he was proper into it.

  • The Sky Crawlers

    The Sky Crawlers

    ★★★½

    It feels like a nice companion piece to The Wings of Honnêamise. Same campaign just a different theatre. Punchy arial combat sequences are kept to minimum making them count. When things are at stake they cut to ground crews waiting for pilots to come home.

    Amount of war ration smokes and existential contemplation in this film. That ending keeps you guessing. ‪When you rewatch the opening back from Sky Crawlers knowing the films final revelation. The aggressor pilot shaking planes then killing the ejecting pilots... Chills to the bone.‬

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★½

    This was a palate cleanser after lop-sided Capt Amerika Civil War. It’s still 35% a Lethal Weapon film and I’m happy with that. Shane Black has even adapted Richard Donner’s love affair with those slow circling helicopter long shots. Because it’s S.Black it’s got big optimistic heart, it’s funny and smart. The action feels fresh.

    Happy Hogan spitefully fucking up the scientist botanist’s pet plant in the opening is possibly the best thing ever in the MCU.