20 January 2018

Colossal, 2016 - ★★★½

As expected I liked this but I it was the concept more than the execution. I had a problem with how one of the characters develops which really took me out of the second half of the film. Having slept on it and scanning some other reviews I realise now that those sudden changes were probably intentional and serve a greater purpose rather than just being misguided like I originally thought. I suspect on a second viewing it will seem more coherent, deep and a little bit more terrifying.

January 20, 2018 at 12:23PM

14 January 2018

John Wick: Chapter 2, 2017 - ★★★

I don't know if I'm just getting old or the amount of real world terror is playing a part but I'm increasingly finding it difficult to get enjoyment out of gun violence. There's no denying that the violence on display here is exquisitely done but is there really much else to this? I also couldn't remember enough about the set up in the first film to always be clear exactly what was going on. And what's with calling him Jonathan?

January 14, 2018 at 04:40PM

Coco, 2017 - ★★★★

This could be Pixar's most mature film both in terms of themes and storytelling as well as technically. It's visually stunning, there's a strange (as in I can't explain it, rather than bad) non-animated feel to the land of the living and the land of the dead is gloriously realised. I did think the story was lacking some emotional in places but it makes up for it with an incredibly moving conclusion.

January 14, 2018 at 04:35PM

11 January 2018

Molly's Game, 2017 - ★★★★

My cinematic 2018 starts with a really fantastic opening sequence that requires a moment to catch your breath after it ends and the film gets going. The rest of the film take a more leisurely pace but when it delivers at Sorkin's speed and style it really is something. It's possibly slightly too long but it's nearly always engaging, frequently funny and great performances all round.

January 11, 2018 at 09:41PM

My Films of 2018

The best/greatest/worthwhile/favourite new films I saw during 2018.

  1. Molly's Game
January 11, 2018 at 09:27PM

08 January 2018

Logan, 2017 - ★★★★

Even knowing what to expect this was a lot harder than I thought, perhaps excessively so, but it's also the best use of these characters and a refreshing change to see them in a different type of film.

January 08, 2018 at 10:29PM

North by Northwest, 1959 - ★★★★★

I'm struggling to think of any recent mainstream film that has any chance of standing up as well as this does in sixty years time (perhaps one of Christopher Nolan's films). North By Northwest is of it's time but it still works incredibly well.

January 08, 2018 at 10:21PM

07 January 2018

The Kids Are Alright 2017

The adults may have ruined 2017 but at least with this lot of young performers the future of film feels safe.

January 07, 2018 at 11:10PM

Cinema 2018

Everything I saw in the cinema during 2018

January 07, 2018 at 10:49PM

2017: The Regrets

Films I wish I'd seen in 2017

  1. Colossal
  2. Brawl in Cell Block 99
  3. Tower
  4. The Beguiled
  5. In Between
  6. Brigsby Bear
  7. The Party
  8. Split
  9. Kong: Skull Island
  10. After the Storm

...plus 10 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

January 07, 2018 at 10:48PM

2017 Time Capsule

The 20 films to save from 2017

Based on UK release date, ordered alphabetically.

...plus 10 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

January 07, 2018 at 10:25PM

06 January 2018

The Highway Rat, 2017 - ★★★

Watched on Wednesday January 3, 2018.

January 06, 2018 at 05:58PM

Personal Shopper, 2016 - ★★★½

This worked for me for a while, then it didn't, then it did again and now I don't really know what to think.

January 06, 2018 at 05:43PM

04 January 2018

The Lost City of Z, 2016 - ★★★

Good at what it does but until the third act lacks any real emotion to so I never felt a connection to what was happening.

January 04, 2018 at 10:05PM

New Films to Watch 2018

Added before any reviews so may turn out to not be worth it after all.

January 04, 2018 at 08:40PM

03 January 2018

Films Shown at Hyde Park Picture House 2018

...plus 2 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

January 03, 2018 at 05:29PM

A Quiet Passion, 2016 - ★★★

Didn't really work for me but I ended up admiring it nevertheless.

January 03, 2018 at 12:44PM

Lady Macbeth, 2016 - ★★★★

Not what I was expecting and all the better for it. Exquisitely shot, every scene is so carefully framed and wonderful performances throughout.

January 03, 2018 at 12:41PM

Jurassic World, 2015 - ★★★½

I still enjoyed this but a few things really stood out.

1. The effects already seem worse than the 1993 original
2. It's a shame we won't get to see what Trevorrow would do with a sequel
3. It's a shame we won't get to see what Trevorrow would do with Star Wars.

January 03, 2018 at 12:35PM

31 December 2017

International Releases for 2018

My most anticipated films already released elsewhere but coming to the UK in 2018.

December 31, 2017 at 09:06PM

Soundtracks 2017

...plus 5 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

December 31, 2017 at 06:50PM

Elf, 2003 - ★★★

Watched on Saturday December 23, 2017.

December 31, 2017 at 02:32PM

Disappointments of 2017

The new films that disappointmented me the most, I did actually enjoy the majority of these but perhaps not as much as I thought I would.

  • Alien: Covenant

    I did enjoy this but it came dangerously close to ruining the entire franchise.

  • Baby Driver

    Another film I liked but failed to live up to my own high expectations. I think part of the problem was I didn't really 'get' the music and the music is a big part of it. Would like to watch it again and probably like it more but now we have to deal with Spacey so who knows.

  • The Death of Stalin

    I wished I'd liked this more.

  • The Fits

    I was really looking forward to this but it didn't live up to the hype.

  • Justice League

    So disappointingly reviewed I didn't even bother to go and see it.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    I thought I'd like this one more than I did as well.

  • Okja

    Not the film itself but the fact I couldn't get to see it in a cinema because it was released by Netflix. Some films like Mudbound and The Meyerowitz Stories are fine for TV but this and perhaps things like Bright feel like they should be shown in theatres.

  • The Salesman

    Didn't work for me.

  • Silence

    A disappointing start to the year.

  • The Square

    Great moments but too long. May enjoy it more on a second viewing but is it too long to sit down to watch again?

December 31, 2017 at 02:47PM

29 December 2017

I Am Not Your Negro, 2016 - ★★★★

Another film that should be historic but ends up being horribly relevant.

December 29, 2017 at 01:10PM

The Ghoul, 2016 - ★★★

Great debut that's likely to become a cult favourite. It's a little rough around the edges and perhaps more like a long short-film or TV episode but it ends in a way that makes you want to watch it all again and feels like it will stand up to multiple viewings.

December 29, 2017 at 01:05PM