M.C.P.T.S.D.U a.k.a. Jessica Jones

I'm not the biggest fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (M.C.U.),  a couple of the movies are really good but it's essentially a (admittedly well made) culturally imperialist content generator: racking up minutes and occupying multiplex screens.  But when you combine the films with the Netfix Originals offerings, Marvel have, maybe inadvertently, created a rather … Continue reading M.C.P.T.S.D.U a.k.a. Jessica Jones

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

So, Independence Day: Resurgence is sort of fun at individual moments and just plain bad for the majority of it’s run-time, during which your attention is kept by being reminded of the numerous better, smarter movies you’ve seen all this stuff in before.  Apart from the returning characters, no one is memorable and even then … Continue reading Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

The problem with representing the Holocaust on film is that you are making entertainment, and that is uneasy when you are talking about the 20th Century’s greatest scar.  I'm not suggesting that the Holocaust is sacred amongst all obscenities but it's a defining event for a number of reasons; firstly the murder, secondly the mechanisation of … Continue reading Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Monsters (2010) was such a unique film that following it was always going to be difficult.  It took a fantastic subject and made it background, war and suffering as white noise whilst we go about our lives.  Something exotic.  Monsters: Dark Continent places war in the foreground and the interest is lost as the metaphor … Continue reading Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Force Majeure (2014)

So we watched this a couple of nights ago and we're still talking about it.  Based around a great 'what would you do?' premise, or more accurately 'what do you like to think you would do?', Ruben Ostlund's film is a genuine talkie in that it compels you to talk.  And talk.  And actually think. … Continue reading Force Majeure (2014)

Trainwreck (2015)

I just don't understand the vanity. At a full thirty minutes longer than it needs to be, Trainwreck has a decent amount of laughs but standing in the way is the need for Amy Schumer to be the best and brightest person in the room.  Sure she has some things that need sorting, like being a … Continue reading Trainwreck (2015)

Pixels (2015)

The problem with Pixels isn't that even Adam Sandler looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.  Nor is it the much discussed 'woman as trophy' trope that the film offers up (an off-note that also melds with the film's inability play within it's own rules).  It isn't even the 'oh, was that a joke?' thought … Continue reading Pixels (2015)

Southpaw (2015)

There's a great moment in Southpaw when boxer Billy Hope (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and his weight gain) gives a speech at a charity event.  It's supposed to be a 'look at me now' moment, 'I climbed the ladder out of poverty', 'this foundation made me what I am' etc.  And you can't help but … Continue reading Southpaw (2015)

Listen Up Philip (2014)

When it comes down to it, spending time with genuine douche bags is rarely time well spent which leads me to the weird position of having watched a great film that I didn't enjoy. Listen Up Philip is beautifully filmed on 16mm, superbly scripted and the acting is universally perfect.  The problem is that both Philip, … Continue reading Listen Up Philip (2014)