Hobbies? I Watch Movies

Some films old. Some films new. Hopefully not too many films borrowed. Some films filled with blue too (I guess?).

  • Hustlers (2019) Review

    September 15, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Hearing Jennifer Lopez is starring a film has never been a signpost for cinematic quality. Perhaps that will change after the release of her new film, Hustlers, for which she also has a production credit. It is perfectly paced and the editing is impeccably timed, which, along with… Read more

  • Tall Girl (2019) Review

    September 14, 2019 by

    Do not watch this… Another Netflix original that does not deserve the time of day. Its bones and muscles are made of cliches and easy to predict plot points, making this a teen comedy that does not stand out, particularly in comparison to hits such as Booksmart, which takes the genre forward. The characters are… Read more

  • The Souvenir (2019) Review

    September 13, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… Going to art galleries is not for everyone. They are quiet and require a lot of attention and a lot of patience. Joanna Hogg’s latest film, The Souvenir, is (aptly) named after a painting. One cannot help but liken it to the experience of walking through an art gallery.… Read more

  • It: Chapter Two (2019) Review

    September 9, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… The first It is overrated. Funnily enough, It: Chapter Two seems like will suffer from the opposite problem, going by the critical consensus. Of course, this film has its flaws. The second act and its over use of the flashback are great hindrances slowing this movie down so… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: It (2017)

    September 6, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… It: Chapter Two is released today. There are a lot of people who are excited about the release of this movie. Who knows why. Its predecessor does have its moments, but it is ultimately overrated. Andy Muschietti is back for the second instalment, so we are likely in for… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: L.A. Confidential (1997)

    September 5, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… L.A. Confidential has a curious place in the film canon. It is considered a masterpiece and a highlight of 90s cinema, but it still feels underrated and overshadowed. The 90s is easily one of cinema’s greatest decades, with many of the best films of all time coming out… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: The King of Comedy (1983)

    September 1, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Joker has just had its premier in Venice, and critics are loving it. Many have compared it to a Scorsese masterpiece starring Robert De Niro (there are too many films that fit this description). The King of Comedy. It is a 1982 satirical black comedy that is often… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    August 30, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T2) is surely one of the greatest sequels of all time. Everything great about the original is plugged into an amplifier and made even better. The special effects are more cutting-edge than before, and still hold up nearly thirty years later. Its storyline has… Read more

  • Pain and Glory (2019) Review

    August 29, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Pedro Almodóvar, with his latest film, Pain and Glory, has crafted a deeply personal meditation on what it feels like to have passed your prime and the peak of your notoriety. Telling the story of an ageing film director who has given up on making films, feeling physically… Read more

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Review

    August 24, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Stranger Things and It appear to have started a trend for horror films about children/teenagers set in the past. If either of these disappointed you, or feel overrated, then Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the film for you. This new film, from producer Guillermo del… Read more

  • Angel Has Fallen (2019) Review

    August 22, 2019 by

    Wait Until You Can Stream It… Towards the end of Angel Has Fallen, Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) lays out his ambition to “make America strong again”, in what appears to be a deliberate parallel to Trump. Does this make his orchestration of the rightful President’s attempted assassination (played effortlessly by Morgan Freeman) some… Read more

  • Retrospective Reviews: Apocalypse Now (1979)

    August 18, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece, is being rereleased in cinemas for its 40th Anniversary. There are many reasons to re-watch this classic piece of cinema. This has to be seen on the big screen, even if you have seen it countless times before. Its cinematic… Read more

  • Good Boys (2019) Review

    August 17, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… Coming of age comedies have been filling the 2019 movie schedule so far. Following Eighth Grade and Booksmart, Good Boys is the story of three 12-years-old boys who are invited to their very first “kissing party”. Feeling woefully unprepared, they spend the day trying to learn how to kiss… Read more

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Review

    August 16, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Dora and the Lost City of Gold’s title does not feel particularly inspired. Surely someone could have picked a better, more creative name for the eponymous lost city. Fortunately, the creativity and excitement went into the film itself. This is a solid example of how to adapt something… Read more

  • Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Review

    August 15, 2019 by

    Do not watch this… Toy adverts have recently become feature length and over ninety minutes in length. At least with the Lego Movie series, there is an attempt to be creative and original. At least the rules of the world are firmly established and there is a logic underlying the narrative. It is a shame… Read more

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Review

    August 15, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Blurring the lines between cinema and reality, Tarantino’s 9th (possibly penultimate) film is a glorious celebration of 1960s L.A. and Hollywood films from the same period. If Tarantino was attempting to capture the mood and feel of living in that decade in a film reel, then he is… Read more

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two and Its Issues

    August 14, 2019 by

    Picture a parabola. It starts off at the top of the graph, dips quite significantly, only for it to rise back up towards the end of the line. As anyone who follows my Instagram stories knows, I am currently re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order, from Captain America: The First Avenger to Spiderman:… Read more

  • Blinded by the Light (2019) Review

    August 11, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham) has created a new film that embraces two currents of the river flowing through Hollywood at the moment. Firstly, Blinded by the Light is a feel-good tribute to a influential musical mega-artist. There has been an explosion of these… Read more

  • Free Meek and 13th

    August 10, 2019 by

    Documentaries can be a useful tool for social change. They start a debate on a troubling topic, and raise awareness of an often unnoticed issue, whilst also providing lucid insight. When one demands reform, a riveting documentary can prove an invaluable megaphone. No one documentary is the same, though. Even if two documentaries are about… Read more

  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

    August 2, 2019 by

    Wait until you can stream it… From the first rev of the engine, this latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise establishes a world where basically anything can happen. Bionic men, characters with nigh superhuman abilities, logic-defying stunts and a deadly super weapon that can wipe out the planet. This film has it all,… Read more

  • The Great Hack (2019) Review

    July 31, 2019 by

    Watch this as soon as you can… Cambridge Analytica were recently caught out misusing data of 87 million US internet users to create targeted ads. It is perhaps the most serious data breach in modern history, and Netflix’s The Great Hack chronicles this terrifying story. Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim have created a well-documented… Read more

  • The Lion King (2019) Review

    July 24, 2019 by

    Despite being longer, this film feels like a shot-for-shot remake of the original film, with most of the dialogue being copy and pasted. Same film, new coating. Whilst this does bring some successes, this new look for The Lion King is ultimately a detriment. The only major change that springs to mind is that this… Read more

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