G has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2016.

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    Still beautiful fetishistic imagery. Viewed in a crimson red decor of a 1900 cinema. Like the whole audience was in Dorothy's apartment and we were all in Frank Booth's grip. Looked on in quiet horror and sometimes nervous laughter.

    Still loose my shit at the Pabst Blue Ribbon scene.

  • Innerspace

    Innerspace

    ★★★★½

    King of the front display of every video store in 1988. It's still that good, and it's better than your favourite 80s nostalgia T-Shirt movie.

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★½

    The counter culture gets revenge on the establishment. A history of posters and DVD covers spoiling the fuck out of the ending. Which is still bleak and brilliant.

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    ★★★★½

    I used to share a student house with a guy who dressed like The Motorcycle Kid.

  • Cherry 2000

    Cherry 2000

    ★★★★½

    Its more western than wasteland than I ever remember it being. The world is held together by the wind that blows through E Johnson's hair.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    5min wordless introduction of Rey. A character who lives in the wreckage of old star wars films. Greatest thing to happen in the galaxy in 30 odd years.

  • Compañeros

    Compañeros

    ★★★★½

    This is The Mercenary 2.0. I actually prefer it to Corbucci's earlier offering. Its pacing feels bit tighter, it doesn't ape Good the Bad and Ugly as much. You can see the light and humour coming into these films opening the way for Terence Hill films of the early 70s. The three protagonist are almost caricatures of earlier film. Nero and Palance are hamming it up. Palance a one handed refer smoking bounty killer with a pet falcon called Marsha. Milan works better in the Mexican role than Tony Musante for me. That COMPANEROS! Morricone theme tune is astonishing bit of orchestral pop.

  • A Bullet for the General

    A Bullet for the General

    ★★★★½

    Probably the one that helped crystallize the Zapata Western subgenre. Mainly down to its strong story. Good balance of action and character development. Its actually hardly a Spaghetti Western big sweeping set pieces like the Train ambush. Maybe in the use of the golden bullet by the foreigner. Its was imitated endlessly between 66-75* rarely topped.

    (*-The Mercenary (1967), Faccia a Faccia (1968), El Companeros (1970), Giu La Testa (1971) and What am I doing in the Middle of Revolution? (1973) all have its DNA)

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★½

    Greatest dismemberment show on earth.
    Still manages to be funny and smart after the cult of Ash with its quotable lines, sequels, toys and tv shows. Its only problem? It leaves the predecessor 81's Evil Dead almost unwatchable overlong and even pretentious in comparison.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    It was like watching Robocop for the first time when I was 13. Nothing makes you feel like that anymore. Bouncing up and down in my cinema seat I was. Hopes and Dreams. Gets that punk ethic of early 80s Brit comics. Alex Garland described 2000AD as your parents buying you a 18cert video nasty hidden in the trappings of a Saturday morning comic weekly.. Dredd in good hands.



    It gets a half star knocked off for not going with Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury original concept Carpenter-Esque synth soundtrack. Which would just made this film completely deadly.

  • The Last Man on the Moon

    The Last Man on the Moon

    ★★★★½

    Documentary film about Eugene Cernan. NASA Apollo program astronaut on Apollo 10 & 17. Beautiful visuals outside of great use of archives footage. Added advantage of using CGI to recreate mission external shots. Great editing and sound design and music.  A nice companion piece to Al Reinert's For All Mankind. Beauty and awe not jingoism.