• Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    A misogynistic anti abortion piece of garbage.

    Strip away the beauty and multitexturality and that's all you have. The story gives no quarter to the reasons abortion is a necessary right, or even the fundamental logic that some relationships do not work and pregnancy is not a promise. It manages to mangle itself into the epitomising demonstration of why abortion rights continue to be in danger from pro life bigots. The film is the essence of bigotry, only showing one…

  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Spoiler that I'm going to ruin the book for you, in the sense of describing something a large number of people seem to miss, at least as far as some comments Kazuo Ishiguro has made about it:

    Seriously don't read if you might want to enjoy the book and figure it out for yourself...:







    So the characters have shorter lifespans that the average person because of their fate as organ donors.

    Kazuo has spoken about how part of the point…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    Spoilers for, like, an awesome theory about the film.

    I used to be a troll on IMDB and loved to argue with people who misunderstood films. It was my favourite thing to explain to someone why they were seeing, or interpreting, a film wrong. But then I had an argument about Jennifer's Body.

    Another user argued that the film was a work of genius about the second coming; that Jennifer was Jesus come back to earth.

    Initially I was very…

  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar

    Looking for Mr. Goodbar

    Spoilers in the sense that I mention the inspiration for the film; don't google it if you don't want the whole thing spoiled.

    When I first saw LfMG in the 90s, I hated it. I hated what appeared to be a message movie propping up patriarchal views of women with no subtlety or nuance and little narrative merit to justify it. It seemed to be telling me to be a good girl or any mistreatment was my own fault. And…

  • Show Me Love

    Show Me Love

    ★★★★½

    I was doing work experience at the local (ergo only) arthouse cinema and this was the only film I was old enough to watch. It was a revelation, and made me feel a whole lot better in my final years of high school. Such a brilliant, hilarious, smart film.

  • Keanu

    Keanu

    A premise you don't realise you wanted or needed until you hear it, but then you hear about it and it's so obvious. The sign of a savvy writer.

    The movie though has one fatal, unforgivable flaw: not enough Keanu the cat.

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★★½

    A lot of horror motifs and cliches that feel tired and lame in most stories play brilliantly in the first and second acts, strengthened further by focusing on some excellent performances. The third act undoes the tension however with some old hat, predictable storytelling.

  • Friends with Benefits

    Friends with Benefits

    There's some cringey window dressing (flash mob?) but more enjoyable than the average romantic flick. Doesn't push it's luck too far.

  • In Time

    In Time

    Spoilers, I guess.

    From a writing point of view, this movie gets stupid from the very set up, ruining a lot of suspension of disbelief from there: people wear their time (ergo: money) on their arms. The rich people don't have any form of protection for this currency and exchange system; they don't have tech to protect it, they don't have security barriers in ways that replicate the fortune protection that exists in any capitalism. It's a pivot of the…

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★

    I've written over 3000 words of self indulgent judgement on this film, most of which is personal conjecture and tl:dr.

    Suffice to say it's a fine movie if you like your biopics to only cover a tiny fraction of what's interesting, or what had repurcussions for the world, about a person or company. Some will call this shocking or fascinating. Amongst other criticisms, I can't say I found it so; if this story of a man with a savvy sense…

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★★

    As a fan of Wesley Snipes and his portrayal of Blade, I am more than happy at any opportunity to point out that the retrospective celebration of Iron Man as the Hero franchise that 'started it all' is whitewashing bullshit - 10 years earlier, Blade started it all. Tis a fact. Before Blade every Marvel movie and alot of the TV was niche, embarrassing genre crap that caused no one the slightest anticipatory palpitation. Blade was the first real blockbuster…

  • Layer Cake

    Layer Cake

    ★★★

    Volleying between thinking it's badly written and too earnestly plotted, then loving a smattering of scenes here and there, I've seen it four times so I must like it. Whishaw offers one of his chameleon turns which is always fun.