G has written 56 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★★½

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  • 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…

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★½

    Been meaning to sit down with this for a while. Thought Easter weekend would be a good time to rattle through em.’

    I’ve always been of the thinking that the slightly uneven sequels tend to hang off this perfect mid 80s gem. That panning camera opening to the platrum, that puts you in these huge, cosy, lived in suburban garage spaces. Beautiful world building in both Hill Valley town squares. Almost stagey musical in feel. Near perfect pacing and casting. The film…

  • Westworld

    Westworld

    ★★★★½

    The first time Crichton did a amusement park that starts to eat the guests. Use to get broadcast a-lot around 1993’. Astonishing Fred Karlin soundtrack jumping from synth ambient to ersatz western dread... specially in the subterranean complex... the pursuit filled me with so much fear on its debut. Think watched it too much in my teens. Dissected it. Brynner performance is subtle.. astonish.. self performance art. James Cameron took notes. Made his own urban version in 1984. Think he…

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★★½

    Danny Boyle set fire to his home town. When they where doing promotion for the film in Manchester in 2002. You’d find 28 Days Later matchbooks in bars. I inherited a packet from a mate. Sits in the DVD case.

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★★★½

    M83 involvement got me here. It’s that Death Stranding aesthetic. With some clean 70s sci-fi concept. This is miles ahead of Tron Legacy. He’s not a Disney effects man in my mind anymore. This is a passion piece.

    Kojima stole from the best.

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ★★★★½

    Smashing film. Forgot how good natured this film is. That James Horner soundtrack.

  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits

    ★★★★½

    Star Wars gets the credit for starting a industry of homer odyssey 80s kids movies. Time Bandits is the actual blueprint for them.

  • The Hidden

    The Hidden

    ★★★★½

    How fuckin’ astonishing that opening is. That doom synth bass tells you something ain’t downtown about this beautiful chaos. Been a while since I’ve seen this one. It plays better now than it did 10 years ago. Love how it’s laced with 87’ mint green everywhere. Police precincts, stolen Cadillacs, mannequin window display fronts to detective shirts.

    Love to watch this on a double bill with Manhunter. Both have this quality of looking like Cop Thriller on the surface from their video covers. Something far more special lurks underneath.

  • Compañeros

    Compañeros

    ★★★★½

    People see this as remix of ideas from The Mercenary. To me, this takes a huge leap past it. It feels like it takes the best parts of all Sergio Corbucci’s films. It’s one of the first Zapata Westerns to take a step away from The Bullet for the General mould.
    That bounding heart of a Ennio Morricone pop theme. The Mexican Revolution as counter culture spirit via the young freedom fighters. Franco Nero and Tomas Milian are at the…

  • Tenchu!

    Tenchu!

    ★★★★½

    Hitokiri (人斬り) Man Slayer / Cutter
    Tenchu (天誅) Heaven’s Punishment

    1969 and the blood starts to flow uncontrollably in Chanbara cinema. Gosha’s follow up to Goyokin, Hitokiri - Tenchu drills down into dark psych like Okamoto’s Sword of Doom. Working like a Shintarō Katsu vehicle of Zatoichi fame. This is very much him trying to break away from the franchise which was winding down after 19/20 films by the late 60s. His production company made this. Nakadai is in this…