G has written 106 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Back to the Future Part III

    Back to the Future Part III

    ★★★½

    If Back to the Future is Marty’s parents film. Part 2 puts 3 generations of Biff Tannen indirectly at the centre of the film. Part 3 belongs to Doc. I forgotten how revisionist western this is in its production value. Proper Carlo Simi Spagetti Western sandpaper and glue. Apart from the Fistful of Dollars references. There’s even a Leone crane shot straight up out of Once Upon a Time in the West. But keeping the same lightness of the first…

  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II

    ★★★½

    Never got out of my head the opinions coming out of Quinton Cannon Cinema in 1989. People a lot older than me were annoyed that the film they just watched didn’t have an ‘ending’ and they had to come back in the Summer for a part 3.

    This is Thomas F Wilson’s film isn’t it? A middle aged Biff in emerald green adidas tracksuit is the first new we see that isn’t a recap. Before that title rolls.

    This was…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★½

    Always caught different acts of this on TV. First time I’ve sat down with it.
    With all the talk of bits that belong to two different directors. Closest Spielberg possibly got a Tarkovsky film. The dream like quality reminds me of Solaris.

  • Troll Hunter

    Troll Hunter

    ★★★½

    Havn’t seen this for a good 10yrs. Really thought it  would of dated really badly like a lot of these found footage films. It just gets through on tone being locked off straight faced.. The ending in Norwegian fjord region has this amazing edge of the world quality to it that feels astonished. Just want to go there.

  • Screamers

    Screamers

    ★★★½

    “Jefferson, you must be confusing me with someone who gives a shit.”

    That set production value and matte background... that still hold up.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    Still the greatest video game movie.

  • King Rocker

    King Rocker

    ★★★½

    Opens with a statement that Birmingham has tradition of sometimes abandoning or dismissing art & culture. Never been able to communicate the vacant feel that my home town sometime has. These two hours sort of explained some of it.

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★½

    I’m less terrified of the bit that basically looks back at  you, and asks the big question. Just found another bit to be terrified over.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★½

    Hahaha. Has more going on in the 4th act than 90% of that bland MCU shite.

  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass

    ★★★½

    This felt more like the spirit of 90s DH comics than a Sin City movie.