G has written 22 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2017.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    It’s about loss and when to run. Thats Empire Strikes Back enough for me.

  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★★

    Swan song to growing up in the cinema. Dante is the greatest.

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    ★★★★

    Space race as art house. The maiden rocket launch is a visual labour of love by a art department who’ve poured over NASA Saturn V stock footage. All cascading LOX ice and fuel lines being severed and falling away to the side. That attention to detail. Possibly the greatest alt earth visual aesthetic. Japan’s love affair with the shinden design in flight sequences. That title theme. Ryuichi Sakamoto music is the air, with themes reminiscent of Philip Glass’ Qasti work. …

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★

    The tension that is built by the sound of something ominous and mechanical, eerily echoing around that bombed out town. He still has it in him.

    The Tiger Tank is the Shark. 

    Edith Piaf is the Indianapolis.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    2nd around. Might be my favourite Philip K Dick film. Maybe even more than Strange Days. Beautiful world. 

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  • Barbarella

    Barbarella

    ★★★★

    'It's like been shown polaroids of the greatest party ever that you never went to' 

    That sweet Dino production design. You can see the genesis for that look of D U N E.  Wish they'd banged out a Sci-Fi every couple of years from Cinecittà. Hell, 1968 had its Jane Bond with a rocket ship, and we did nothing more with it. In the space of a year Dino de Laurentiis knocked out two genre defining comic book movies in…

  • Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

    Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

    ★★★★

    When I was buying up those Dredd Monthly Collections in the early 90s the publication was on life support. Still can't get my head around that...

  • Hardware

    Hardware

    ★★★★

    Giallo lighting, rolling CRTs and meditation. The big box rental cover for this was a video shop masterpiece. The MARK:13 dome brazzened with the star n stripes looks over a city skyline with fluorescent 21C orange text.

    When I watch this I always hear PWEI.

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★

    Tatsuya Nakadai is still mesmerising. Strangely resembles Mifune's haunting demise in Throne of Blood. That beautiful ashen landscape with a splash YELLOW then the RED flows and later BLUE. Always had this carm inevitable quality to it, bit like the lords premonition of his own demise. Even at it's most brutal everything feels harmonious. Removal of digetics from the Castle siege is breathtaking. Just movement  and score. Then occasionally the sun dips behind clouds and comes out again. Pretty film.

  • David Lynch: The Art Life

    David Lynch: The Art Life

    ★★★★

    It was all a lie. Film was elaborate conduit so Lynch could get that LA house / studio life. Letting him work with oil paint, cadmium and foam latex outside for 11 months of the year.

    So envious of this man's life and I need to paint more.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★

    Right.. to me Tarantino has been making over long genre indulgence since Jackie Brown. It's his revenge against world. But this gets something right with me.

    I like this parlour game with colt dragoons and warfarin. Like how it starts big on panavision cameras and ends as a piece of theatre with split diopter. I recall it being great bit of late night cinema experience 18 months ago. Felt like a western opposed to the last one which was QT showing you his Spaghetti Western trading card collection.

    Morricone doing the big horse opera for the 1st time in 35 years gets a ★

  • Hell Comes to Frogtown

    Hell Comes to Frogtown

    ★★★★

    How much of Iginio Lardini style Spaghetti Western 'hard on' do these title graphics have? Love at first sight. Then I thought of the title its classic spin on a Italian Weatern. Even the score is Terence Hill era playful Ennio Morricone.