• Blazing Saddles

    Blazing Saddles

    ★★★★½

    “You men will only be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.”

    All my weary heart sought this gloomy Monday eve was unadulterated silliness, and what better comedy to revisit than Blazing Saddles. This is a lampoon so spot-on in its spoofing of Westerns that it almost smote the genre. This is rebellious filmmaking which thumbs it’s nose not only to cowboy flicks of yore but to the very system…

  • The Tender Bar

    The Tender Bar

    ★★★½

    George Clooney dared to ask the question if Hillbilly Elegy was set in Long Island, would it be better? Plot twist: the answer is yes! 

    Having little or low expectations can be a blessing. Anticipation can prove to be a poison chalice. I entered The Tender Bar as an awards obligation. The prospect of Clooney breaking his woeful streak of mediocre filmmaking hung like a dark cloud. Yet that cloud somehow passed and the light shone through. Where many found…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★

    It’s all fun and games until you realise the kid grows up to break Emma Thompson’s heart

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★

    Imagine being able to truly say Introducing Madeline Kahn and mean it. Imagine how abundantly honoured you would feel
    to introduce this beacon of joy to the world. 
    She was unto herself the beacon, but credit
     and respect to Pete for doing so. RIP.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    Howst did nary a gay tell I of such divine serenity as that betwixt the celestial gaze of Rossas Ross?

    Thoust sleeves drip with treachery yet the sinews of my heart contort for thee!

    Why Rossas,

    Why?

  • Mr. Turner

    Mr. Turner

    ★★★

    Made by your Grandad for your Grandad

  • Little Voice

    Little Voice

    ★★★½

    I may or may not have recorded my first podcast about this very film! However it turns out, I am feeling proud to have done something which I’ve dreamt of doing for long 🎙

  • Shakespeare in Love

    Shakespeare in Love

    ★★★

    The bloom has long faded from this once budding rose which has withered over the decades from the cruel winds of ridicule. Suffering from a murky legacy founded on pillars of backstage villainy and reductive comparison, this once lauded film lives in infamy as the Best Picture punchline. This affront to the integrity of the Academy is also the summation of all that is Oscar. Star-studded, impeccably crafted, and as unapologetically reverential as the whole Hollywood enterprise has been from…

  • The Proposal

    The Proposal

    ★★★

    All just to spend more time with Bettie White 💕

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★

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  • Gun Crazy

    Gun Crazy

    ★★★★★

    B-movies were the warm-up act. They served their function by titillating and stimulating audiences in preparing for the main attraction. Celluloid fodder through which one could settle in, simmer down, and switch off. Pulp and camp were the worlds in which the B-pictures revelled. Their stories simple enough to intuit whenever you might enter the theatre. Characters so broad and obtuse that their intentions could be seen as easily on their faces as through their dialogue which may be drowned…

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    ★★★★★

    Until my dying day, nobody will ever convince me otherwise that this isn’t about Princess Diana