G has written 57 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Conan the Destroyer

    Conan the Destroyer

    ★★½

    Mate of mine got wind I was watching it. Just as told him about Conan getting gob’d on (Face, neck and chest) by a vengeful camel.

    His reply on recalling the ending:

    ‘The ending has a Wizard with an etch-a-sketch‘

    This didn’t happen. Still mental. It wasn’t half bad. The cast is mad. Sarah Douglas, Philly’s favorite son Wilt Chamberlain. Tracy Walter’s character straight from Repo Man. Just propped in. Even Grace Jones is great in this. Mad how Sven-Ole Thorsen…

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★

    He is Conan, Cimmerian. He will not cry, so I cry for him. - Subotai

    Conan is one of those films* from my childhood that a kid who had managed to see a 18 rental, would spend 20mins on a coach trip, eagerly explaining the opening story of cruelty that leads to a adult Conan. (Schwarzenegger). That wheel of punishment sounded mental to me. It’s still an astonishing thing.

    *Robocop and Alien were the other two films that had their opening hooks explained to a wide eyed younger me.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★

    Astonishingly shot on the front. Specially when the 701st go over the top to take the ant hill. But this is efficient Kubrick, story told in 90mins.. there’s no drawn out scenes that we would see by the end of the 60s.

    Corporal Paris : See that cockroach? Tomorrow morning, we'll be dead, and it'll be alive. It'll have more contact with my wife and child than I will. I'll be nothing, and it'll be alive.
    Private Ferol : [Ferol smashes…

  • Deadfall

    Deadfall

    ★★★½

    Once caught the set piece of this on late night TV. A diamond heist that’s set around a John Barry orchestra performance, that’s right he’s in it. It’s still an astonishing 15mins of music and film editing!

    I tracked down the soundtrack and left the film as a difficult thing to get hold of. This turned up on BluRay last year. I wasn’t actually expecting much of this. Really surprised by its feel and pace… this cynical British heist film. Extremely dark third act for a major 20th Fox film. It does feel like it’s missing another heist somewhere. Great performances from it’s three characters.

  • Who Dares Wins

    Who Dares Wins

    ★½

    Thought it be a laugh to watch. Hardly.. Hideous film concept via a tabloid headline. Your Terrorists are essentially hard left party union politics, with shooters. It’s a Thatcher wet dream. Roy Budd soundtrack is tight and gets a Star.

  • Short Circuit

    Short Circuit

    ★★★

    Memories of Saturday afternoon summer rentals in 1987. Really understated playful electronic soundtrack by David Shire. Er Fisher Steven’s character. Mad how he’s just dropped in the 3rd act.


    I remember going to the cinema to watch the Sequel.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    George Miller disappeared into the Namibi Desert in 2012. Came out a whole month over deadline from location filming with something very special.

    Last time watched Fury Road was possibly the Black and Chrome print from 2017.

    Always have a lot to say about the Vuvalini Sisters. It’s not just feminism thing it’s their age. Something that’s not represented in a action film setting in the mid 2010s, and should be something to aspire to, celebrated. Just generally about the…

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    ★★★½

    Have a lot time for this one.. More than most. Things get more and more tribal and medieval as the modern world disappears under the sand.

    Tonally it’s three films. With its two directors. Miller was preoccupied with the death of his producer and companion (in helicopter crash scouting locations) on this journey, Byron Kennedy.

    But the two sensibilities work well. That 80s cult of ‘the kids’ is here, better than Temple of Doom or Goonies. There is something interesting…

  • Mad Max 2

    Mad Max 2

    ★★★★★

    𝕋𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕡𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝔹𝕣𝕠𝕜𝕖𝕟 H𝕚𝕝𝕝

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★½

    Greatest opening 10mins I’ve ever seen from a first time director. No other Mad Max film comes close to it as opening statement of intent.

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★½

    You bet your ass it still is…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★

    That Richard Donner / Dick Lester touch got me through this. Hi tech Cold War Bases and smashing up the White House. Remix of Superman 2 & 3 ideas. Even Maxwell Lord had a Donner Lex feel to him. The Mall scene is this hypercolour breath of fresh air. Globe trotting aspects. Jenkin’s is tapping into that era films. I even think 1984’s flop SuperGirl with its witch craft in places on the campy fantastical wish premise here.

    Also I’m a…