simon taylor

simon taylor

quick reviews of movies, old and new

Favorite films

  • Drive
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • House
  • Modern Times

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  • Halloween Kills

    ★★

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★½

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    ★★★

  • The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious

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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★

    yeah the story and script were mediocre but wow I am in love with how the pokémon were adapted to live action. it’s a novelty that could birth entire franchises and i would not object. hell, even if they wanted to just show the pokémon (a la Snap) i’d be at the cinema day 1

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★★★

    an all out attack on the consumerism of christmas—and 80s america—centred on insensitive upper class greed and the naked opportunism that runs through even the most basic aspects of commodity-based capitalist culture. in my rewatch i really noticed how strongly spielberg pronounces economic precariousness in a modern world of deepening hierarchal power and economic stratification observed in open malice and class antagonism. the post-kindness world of Gremlins values luxury over empathy for not only the cogs of society's growing financialization,…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "I live, I die, I live again!"
    Beautifully orchestrated and brilliantly composed, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a triumph. The look, the action, the characters, the story, the thematic complexity, everything. This is George Miller's true, unflinching masterpiece.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★

    Bryce Dallas Howard's assistant gets picked up by a pterodactyl, dropped, picked up again, thrown in the water, picked up, dropped, picked up, dropped, picked up, dropped, then gets eaten alive. They took a minute to kill this innocent chick that hasn't done anything just to be like "oooooh scary". Not to mention the film can't pick a tone to work with. JURASSIC WORLD thinks it's a fun summer action blockbuster, but also thinks it's a dark, frightening showcase of nature. This creates a very inconsistent tone, and a tensionless film. Ugh.