G has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2016.

  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★★

    You know when people act all precious over 1979's Halloween.. This film.

    Peter Jason - mouth trumpet. If I could make that noise. Id be that fucker all day. It's all in Dennis Dun's face.

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    Uncompromising. Perfection. ...and something about foreign directors being better at critiquing American culture.

  • Face to Face

    Face to Face

    ★★★★★

    To me a better film than Solima's Big Gundown. One of my favourites outside of Leone work.
    Sergio Donati dealing in the big Italian themes here 'passive academic turns fascist outlaw when his hand is forced' and vice versa. Great chemistry between Milan and Violante. English dub is atrocious must be avoided. Very understated aggressive lil' score by Morricone.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    70 Year old director disappears into African desert with a load of Warner Bros money and refuse to come out when told to by execs. Something in my head said this sounds like how people use to make films before finance and insurance companies took over Hollywood.

    Comes out of the desert hands the footage to his editor wife. Redefines action genre over the space of 2 hours. Better than it had any right to be.

    Hopes and Dreams.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Kikuchiyo speech on classism and Samurai persecution.

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★★

    All I can ever remember wanting to be as kid was a Biker Scout.
    It gets better with age for me. I went right off it at one point in my 20s. Mainly because Han suffering from a 2 hour long hangover.
    The Vietnam analogy gets me through that surface Endor battle. A trick James Cameron stole for Aliens even Avatar, he can deny it all he wants. Old Man Skywalker bit gets me every time.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    December 82 - Cannon cinema in Quinton is one of my earliest memories. I even walked out of the film and home in couple of inches of fresh fallen snow to distil the memory. Got a 'metal walker' for Christmas.

    This film is the kick to the balls the day after the birthday party. Everything gets smashed up: People, friendships, Rebellions and Protocol Droids. On top of that you find out the 6'8'' psychopath decked out in black leather is actually yer... and well that's why we hold it closer to our hearts.

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★★

    There's something very pure about Blood Simple its the distilled sensibility of a Coen Brothers film. The story has been redone bigger and bolder in the form of Fargo*. But this is one I go to every time. Visually it has more in-common with 80s horror with its backlit smoke and haunted furnaces than Raymond Chandler. Lots of M Emmet Walsh, lots! In my top 10.
    The Brothers had previously worked as crew on Raimi's Evil Dead which I suspect…

  • Head

    Head

    ★★★★★

    The opening 10mins should be preserved in a volt to tell future generations what 1968 was like. Because I wasn't alive and lets face it, it's better than the truth. I had the soundtrack for 4 years. Through listening to the film dialogue skits between the songs it held a promise of greatness. That VHS was the first thing I ever bought from the internet. Over 2 hours Bob Rafelson systemically dismantles The Monkees as a product for teenagers in a cathartic, funny, destructive and beautiful beast.

  • Caddyshack

    Caddyshack

    ★★★★★

    Quite possibly perfect in every way.