• Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★

    I didn’t know it was possible to sit through a film this long and still come out the other side with nearly no opinion on it. I feel like I was completely unaffected by this. This wasn’t a bad film at all, but it wasn’t a good one either. It just kind of existed blandly in my mind (which in some ways is an even bigger offence). All I could really comment on is that it seemed to take an…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★

    The Father hugely succeeded in attempting to portray the extremely challenging and upsetting themes it tasked itself with in my opinion.

    It’s easy to see that this story was written specifically for Anthony Hopkins, as I think there are very few other working actors who could have possibly delivered such a complex and genuinely emotional performance. This was a real quiet tour de force from him; the way he portrays the deterioration of his character near the end of the…

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project? More like the shut the fuck up you annoying bitch project.

    Unfortunately I found myself laughing at this a lot more than I ever felt scared by it. I'd honestly say this was a more jarring experience than scary personally. It's cool that that this essentially pioneered the 'found footage' style of horror film and the publicity around its release is worth reading up on, but by the end I just thought it was a bit…

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★

    Cape Fear has undoubtedly got to be the weirdest Scorsese film I’ve seen to date. It’s far from his best but it is nonetheless an unbelievably unique and hugely unsettling experience that is definitely worth the watch. There were multiple moments in this that made me hugely uncomfortable and tense, which is always what I want the emotional intensity of a film to be like. I won’t be quick to forget the sensations that washed over me as I watched this. …

  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    ★★★★★

    I cried.

    I cried the first time I watched this and I can’t lie I’ll probably cry the next time I see it too. In all honesty I’d be a bit concerned if someone wasn’t moved in some way by this film because it would mean that they had no soul. It’s just that powerful.

    I would go so far as to say this is the single best live music performance documentary and arguably one of the best documentaries ever.…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    Only an emotional maestro like Fellini could perfectly balance all the conflicting sentiments and themes of this film so well throughout this. I found it incredible how he was able to layer so many really touching and heart wrenching moments with his usual individual style of cheeky comedy and wit. I would find my emotional enjoyment of this changing from moment to moment; one minute feeling genuinely regretful for some of the more tragic characters, and another minute laughing out…

  • State Funeral

    State Funeral

    ★★★★

    This was one of the more unique experiences I’ve had in a cinema. 

    State Funeral was an extremely polarising experience for me. I either found myself totally hypnotised by what I was watching and loving it, or quickly becoming bored. There was very little in between. This was due to the fact that it relentlessly held on to most scenes for at least 15 minutes at a time, meaning that if you weren’t immediately interested in the new thing that…

  • Billion Dollar Brain

    Billion Dollar Brain

    ★★★

    This was weirdly ahead of it’s time considering it’s about a creepy private American company utilising the sinister powers of the internet and computers to follow its own non-government sanctioned aims. I feel like the concepts this film was based on were very sound, but that some of the execution wasn’t brilliant.

    I remember reading somewhere that the Harry Palmer trilogy was supposedly meant to be an answer to the Bond films, and I can absolutely see that, as aesthetically…

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    What a rare treat!

    I loved this from start to finish. Such an excellent display of visual storytelling. I really liked the fact that this didn't get too bogged down in exposition and instead just let the story play out almost entirely through its rich imagery.

    And what great imagery at that! Really haunting and otherworldly. So much inventiveness in every single scene. I loved it all. From the truly strange alien landscapes to the detailed realism of the human…

  • They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

    They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

    ★★★½

    A very interesting exposé of the increasing madness one of cinema’s titans. Some great rare archive gems and illuminating interviews. 

    However, this was edited very badly and the general pacing and flow was really unnecessarily confusing. 

    Good bit of cinema history. Just shouldn’t have been as hard to understand as it was.

  • Olla

    Olla

    Equal parts melancholic, and yet strangely joyous. Harrowing in parts and very amusing in others. If you find yourself with a spare half an hour you could do a lot worse than try out this truly weird little narrative.

    Some of the most embarrassing and cringeworthy scenes I've seen in a while. Brilliant job from the entire cast to pull this off because nearly every scene in this is really compromising. Great commitment all round. This whole film carries a…

  • Billy Liar

    Billy Liar

    This film challenged itself with being many things at once, and succeeded at them all.

    Brilliantly mad, witty, hilarious and ultimately a heartfelt downfall story. This was a genuinely enjoyable watch with a well written mad-hatter story that got better and better as it went on.

    I get the impression this must have been considered years ahead of its time when it came out, both conceptually and visually.

    This film looks really gorgeous. Every shot is really well done, and…