G has written 29 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • Scrooged

    Scrooged

    ★★★½

    Sister and me taping Scrooged off ITV and continuing to watch it into February...

  • Che: Part Two

    Che: Part Two

    ★★★½

    Monday is made for this... Bleak.. inevitable.. you can see the film become more and more undersaturated, as it meets its conclusion. Smash myself in the nuts during the credits.


    I remember coming out of this in the Cinema. There was sort of romanticism to Che Part 1 revolution. It’s Soberbergh’s Battle of the Algiers. This is very different in the year of 1967. I was meant to meet somebody after the film for drink. Callled it off, going home to bed. 
    Your not good company after film like this.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

    You can’t get around that world building.. it made me go back watch it 4 times in 1999/2000. Endlessly defending its visual look while drunk. Jacob Epstein sculptures as battle droids. The queen costume changes. The big slab of Ben Hur in the middle. German Expressionistic Lang look of Coruscant central district. Naboo giant marble Throne room pillars with tiny SW door control details. It’s the art history aesthetic Star Wars film. Doug Chiang is the Star here.

    It’s short…

  • They Call Me Trinity

    They Call Me Trinity

    ★★★½

    This has the weight and direction of the start of Once Upon Time in the West. Terence Hill opens with wordless Chaplin like performance. Not after a Django style character setup and theme tune. Hill kinda started his Spaghetti Western career as the guy who kinda looked like Franco Nero in a Civil War Union uniform in Django cash in, Prepare a Coffin. But They Call Me Trinity would change his career and the genre.

    3 body slams and a…

  • Patriot Games

    Patriot Games

    ★★★½

    Well I watched Hunt for Red October 2 months ago... So.. Remember watching this with my oldman. Some great set pieces rush hour freeway ambush and the boats & uzi on the highseas. Them OiRisH accents that had ma daddy tutting. 
    Started the career of Sean Bean playing dead eyed twitchy trained killers who’m consistently exude perspiration.

    Satellite POV wet work in the Libyan desert is still a chiller, watched by CIA office workers on a coffee break, it’s all in…

  • Samurai Banners

    Samurai Banners

    ★★★½

    Last of the great epic Jidai Geki films. It's serviceable historical telling by Inakagi. Warlord Takeda Shingen (Nakamura Kinnosuk) and his strategist general Yamamoto Kansuke (Toshiro Mifune) and Princess Yu (Yoshiko Sakuma) The film is structured around interaction between these three characters, a triangle. The film is going for historical accuracy. Something that people expected from Inakagi and Mifune ever since the Samurai Trilogy. The film is littered with: maps, time stamps, conquest locations or campaigns you've just jumped into.…

  • The Specialists

    The Specialists

    ★★★½

    This was a genuine surprise. I’d read Howard Hughes big this one up, but it always sounded quite mundane to me. Sergio Corbucci next Italian Western after The Mercenary. It’s a French/Italian/German co-production. Last time we in this situation was ‘Cemetery without a Cross’. Which wasn’t entirely successful. It was kinda a political stance of killing a bunch of Italian character actors to say the French can do this better in a Italian industry. Interesting the BluRay booklet refers this…

  • Three Outlaw Samurai

    Three Outlaw Samurai

    ★★★½

    Strong debut from Gosha. This was a spin off from a TV series at the time. Working like proof of concept. . Hideo Gosha’s cynical world he would go on to portray through out the 60s and beyond continuing in The Sword of the Beast.

    Nice to see Tetsuro Tamba playing something bit more of a Ronin protagonist as Shira. Hira is laid back but deadly, but Nagato steals the show here as the Vagrant Samurai, Sakura. Seems to have a real ark Some astonishing fight scenes. Great little explosive chambara.

  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

    Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

    ★★★½

    A lot more simple a story than last few films. But the first to be shot with a real creative flare. The titles and prologue is almost high concept. Straight away establishing a new director. Not much in way of studio work favoring locations. Katsu’s brother is back as another character actually looking like a proto Ogami Itto (Lone Wolf & Cub) as whip wielding yakuza swordsmen. With huge pay off in a gambling bet and a final.

  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    ★★★½

    Yes, it lives as a big dumb rollacoaster ride remix of Wrath of Khan, but it hits all the beats for me. When the Bird of Prey was new and dangerous, stolen Enterprise reversing out of a space garage, how meditative the ending of this film is on Vulcan and  crew reunion. Miguel Ferrer as the Helm of Excelsior. How more funny this film is in Earth Spacedock than the whole of Star Trek II. Even think the actor who…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★½

    𝓈𝒽𝑒’𝓈 𝓉𝓊𝓇𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑒𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃𝓈𝓉 𝓊𝓈.

  • Zatoichi on the Road

    Zatoichi on the Road

    ★★★½

    Film opens with Chō-Han Dice gambling. Ichi hears the dice switch of a cheat. No ones leaving this room alive.